BEFORE you begin your Scottsdale home remodel project, there are a few important steps to take now, that will prevent surprises later – surprises that might significantly affect your project budget and time schedule. The detailed steps below will give you an idea of the some of the upfront research needed BEFORE starting your home remodel in Scottsdale. Working with an expert such as an Architect will help you navigate this important process.
Home remodeling is about change, and major changes to an existing Scottsdale home may be subject to rules and restrictions set by state and local building authorities as well as the legal rights of your neighbors. Review your Codes, Covenants and Regulations (CC&R’s) you agreed to comply with when you moved into your neighborhood.
Every Scottsdale home Parcel has Zoning Ordinance and Building Setback requirements and restrictions , including distances that buildings/ structures must be “set back” from the property line. Setback requirements for your home will vary depending upon the zoning district (i.e. R1-190, R1-7, etc). Submit a Setback Request to the City of Scottsdale to determine the development standards for your property. This will help you determine where you can build on the lot, the lot coverage restrictions (if applicable) and wall/fence restrictions. Looking for the APN# of your parcel? Go to www.Maricopa.gov and select GIS Maps.
If you are improving or adding 25% or more of the existing structure (under roof area), then fire sprinklers must be installed through out the entire Scottsdale home, including enclosed, non-heated storage, garage, etc. Here’s a link to Scottsdale’s Fire Sprinkler worksheet. For approximate sprinkler installation costs figure between $1.50 – $3.00 per square foot under roof, depending on complexity.
If you are improving or adding 50% or more of the existing structure (under roof area), then the entire structure must be brought up to all current Building Code standards. For work that is less than 50%, only the new work you are completing on your home must comply with current codes.
There are four types of Scottsdale building permits:
While most home improvement projects in Scottsdale require a permit (which helps ensure safety standards), there are some projects that do NOT require a residential building permit:
For a fee schedule, refer to www.scottsdaleaz.gov/onestopshop and select “Fees” Or you can contact the One Stop Shop at (480) 312-2500.
Looking for plan submittal information for major or minor remodels built in Scottsdale, AZ, then click here.
A Scottsdale architect will help you avoid many common mistakes that are made with construction projects. No matter what kind of space you need today, we’ll make sure it’s designed for your needs in the future. This will give you future function built into today’s home addition. To set up an appointment contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Doug Rusk, Architect DesignLine Architects, LLC Gilbert, Arizona
If you are planning to update the building for your business, like plumbing, electrical or move bearing walls, your municipalities’ building department requires an Architect to submit Phoenix tenant improvement construction drawings for building permit approval. Not only can DESIGNLine ARCHITECTS provide the design and construction drawings, we will submit them for you and work with the municipality to get them approved as quickly as possible.
We will help you avoid many common mistakes that are made with construction projects. We will also help you to make decisions that will enhance your business by guiding you through the entire remodeling process from concept to completion.
Most business owners underestimate the number of decisions they need to make their Phoenix tenant improvement successful. Proper planning helps you avoid the confusion.
Whether consulting with your architect or contractor for ideas and advice, there are a variety of decisions you’ll need to work through. A tenant improvement doesn’t have to mean opening more space; it could mean being more strategic about the space you already have. At DESIGNLine ARCHITECTS we offer an alternative Design/Build approach that will pin down the cost question quickly, so you can make the decision to move forward.
How do I get started?
To set up an appointment contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at email@example.com. tenant improvement process can be an intimidating. DESIGNLine ARCHITECTS will ensure your Phoenix tenant improvement look more attractive and welcoming, while also increasing efficiency and comfort for employees.
“We just want to tear down a few walls and convert a storage area to a small break room. That can’t cost a lot, right?”
Clients asked questions like these in the early phases of a tenant improvement. The client has many questions during early phases of an office relocation, and they normally would prefer to pin down the cost question quickly, so they can make a decision whether to move forward.
Many companies these days are choosing to make a few minor revisions to their office space instead of building new a office building or undertaking a tenant improvement. Whether dividing up office space to sub-lease a portion of it, or making changes that improve productivity, or attracting customers, businesses are focused on ways to increase revenue with minimal expense.
Moving walls for a tenant improvement is not as easy as you would think. Actually, we don’t really move walls. Existing walls are demolished, and new walls are built from scratch in new locations. Also, changing wall locations requires relocating HVAC vents, light fixtures, sprinkler heads, electrical wiring and outlets, telephone and data cabling, and sometimes moldings or wainscoting. Where existing walls are demolished, entire new areas of flooring and ceiling material are usually needed, because simply bandaging the wounds left by demolished walls would be unsightly. This means recarpeting an entire room or an entire office suite, so the carpet matches throughout.
Many construction trades are needed to relocate even one wall, so a General Contractor must be hired to coordinate the necessary sequence of events amongst the various trades. The GC will hire framing, drywall, HVAC, electrical, cabling, flooring, and demolition subcontractors, and charge about 20% above and beyond the total subcontractors’ fees. A minimum amount is charged to make it worth the effort, so small tenant improvement projects cost more per square foot than large projects.
DESIGNline ARCHITECTS offers an alternative Design/Build approach for tenant improvements that will pin down the cost question quickly, so you can make the decision to move forward. We’ve developed a three-step approach:
- Identify your budget and design goals, and offer a low cost conceptual design package. Once you approve the conceptual design and scope of work, we will work with your general contractor to confirm the approved design is on budget, with a construction cost estimate to within a +/- 20% range of variability.
- Once the conceptual design and budget align, we will finish your final design phase. Then when the construction documents are 75% complete, we will again work with the contractor to refine the construction cost estimate to within +/-10% range.
- And when the final project is bid to the subcontractors, the costs are locked in, assuming no design changes.
To set up an appointment contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. DESIGNline ARCHITECTS will help you avoid many common mistakes that are made with construction projects. We will also help you to make decisions that will enhance your business by guiding you through the entire commercial remodeling process from concept to completion. We will ensure your tenant improvement will look more attractive and welcoming, while also increasing efficiency and comfort for your employees.