You’ve lived in your existing Phoenix home for many years and its served you well. But for some time now you’ve realized that your needs have changed – maybe most of the kids are on their own, or a family member needs to move in, or maybe it’s just time to update your home. Here are a few things to consider, if you are planning a remodel or new home design:
* Improve on what you already have. Yes, your life is always in motion, but sometimes small changes to your home design can have a big impact.
* Write a list of all your household activities. The intent is to identify the way you live now and the way you’ll live in the future.
* Identify the big design ideas early on. Ask your architect to draw a few conceptual 3D sketches of your space. These quick sketches are a great starting point to convert your words and thoughts into visual pictures.
* Don’t rush to finish the design process. Let the ideas develop and evolve over time. There WILL be a point when you will KNOW in your gut that your Phoenix new home design is complete. Only then will we move to the finishing details.
Where do we find and how do we incorporate the emotional qualities we want most in our Phoenix new home design? Draw on the past to establish your feelings of home, and then incorporate them into your current lifestyle and needs.
* Childhood memories often contain vivid images and emotions that trigger feelings of joy and peacefulness. As young people, we were more receptive to the simple pleasures of living.
* Perhaps the home you grew up in had a window seat just big enough for you and all your dolls or toy soldiers. Maybe you remember your kitchen table was close enough to your mother at the stove so that you could hear her softly humming over the sounds and aroma of sizzling bacon? Did your grandma live down a long tree lined road in a white farmhouse with a large wrapping porch, where you remember the fragrance of orange blossoms?
* It may surprise you to find that these nostalgic memories are at the center of your preferred design taste and desires. Bringing these memories into a creative remodel or new home design process may assist you in making your space feel more like home.
No doubt that your architect will help bring these nostalgic memories and new home design goals to the surface. But the following questions are designed to help stimulate your thoughts on what feels most like home to you.
* From other homes you’ve visited, what elements most appeal to you?
* What feelings do you want to have as you drive up the driveway or walk up to you new home? Be specific.
* What is most important to you in a new home or remodel?
* Pleasant memories are helpful to your architect. Think back to your favorite indoor childhood spaces. Which rooms were most memorable?
- Why did you enjoys those rooms?
– How did those rooms make you feel?
These are only a few of the questions your architect will ask in order to gain an understanding of your ideas of home, your lifestyle and how you and he will incorporate them into your Phoenix new home design or remodel that fits the way you live now, and in the future.
Can a 3rd Car Garage Bay become a professional Home Office? Can the Formal Dining room you live in today become tomorrow’s Game Room? It certainly can! And we can help you develop a “forward planning” approach for your next Home Addition that will evolve with your changing lifestyle and give you the added living space you need. That’s value!
“Forward planning” Home Additions means working with your Architect to design a space that is functional and beautiful for you now, yet has the designed-in flexibility to allow new uses as your lifestyle moves forward. DESIGNLine Architects, LLC has identified three “forward planning” tips we’d like to share with anyone who is considering a home addition or add-on:
Does your home office need more space? If you design it with its own entrance today, then you’ll not only meet tax rules, you’ll also create a “forward planning” home addition that can later be used as a cozy Guest En-Suite. As part of your home office design, we’ll build in features that will make the room function well as your office today, so that later it will help elderly relatives enjoy a safe, yet independent stay. In addition, consider wood flooring rather than carpeting, lever-style handles rather than knobs, and a bathroom that can easily become accessible, even if mobility is not issue today. Designer features such as built-in cabinets, a vaulted ceiling or a fireplace can give the office a professional feel today, while providing a touch of luxury for your future Guest En-Suite.
So you’re considering an extra bedroom and bathroom for the kids. But what you really want, however, is a workout room and sauna. By forward planning, your home addition an Architect can design the extra bedroom and bath for today’s needs and then, easily convert the space for your own personalized health club once the kids are off to school.
If you have children, a spacious first-floor game room is a wise investment that provides the family many hours of fun. Thinking about today’s needs, this type of home addition should include ample storage for board games, open floor plan, and also walls and floors that are easy to clean and wear well.
Eventually the kids will have outgrown the game room. That’s when all the work you spent “forward planning” a well-designed game room will easily be renovated into one of today’s most desirable home features: a first-floor Master Bedroom & Bathroom suite. To make the conversion as easy as possible, make sure the size of the home addition will function well for today’s playroom AND the future master suite. Anticipate how storage space could work for toys now and a wardrobe later. Today’s remodeling might also include a half-bath, but with plenty of room in the floor plan to add a luxurious full bath down the road. When it comes to thinking ahead about your home addition, communication with your Architect is the key.
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 addition. If you’d like to discuss how a “forward planning” approach can increase your living space and save you money, please give us a call. To set up an appointment contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will ensure your Home Addition will look more attractive and welcoming, while also increasing efficiency and comfort for your family.
Compiled by Doug Rusk, Architect
While the average age of the American home will soon reach 30 years old, more and more homeowners are considering a Home Remodel. The costs of these major remodels, however, can be intimidating in today’s current market. The lists below compares the average cost for 35 popular remodeling projects in the Arizona Region with the value those projects retain at resale.
According to 2010-11 Remodeling Online Cost Value Report, Home Improvement projects such as bath remodeling, room additions, kitchen updates, exterior elevation “facelifts”, and making energy efficiency improvements remain a solid investments for homeowners in relative to the value of their home and neighborhood.
Topping the 2010 -11 Home Remodel Cost Value Report for Phoenix is the replacement of your Steel Entry Door (102.1% recouped) and/or Garage Door (83.9% recouped), because they both improve curb appeal so well and, consequently, improve your home’s resale value. For an estimated cost of between $970 – $1,197, both projects rank at the top their respective categories for two main reasons: 1) They are among the least expensive projects in the survey, and 2) They both recoup the most from their investment. Improving the curb appeal can affect a potential buyer’s first impression and your home’s resale value.
The fourth (4th) highest on the list this year is the Minor Remodel of your Kitchen, which will recoup 72.8% of the $21,046 in estimated costs. According to the 2010-11 Cost Value Report “in a functional but dated 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of cabinetry and countertops, leave cabinet boxes in place but replace fronts with new raised-panel wood doors and drawers, including new hardware. Replace wall oven and cooktop with new energy-efficient models. Replace laminate countertops; install mid-priced sink and faucet. Repaint trim, add wall covering, and remove and replace resilient flooring.”
The seventh (7th) highest on the list this year is the Attic Bedroom Remodel, which will recoup 72.2% of the $51,428 in estimated costs. According to the 2010-11 Cost Value Report “convert unfinished attic space to a 15-by-15-foot bedroom and a 5-by-7-foot bathroom with shower. Include a 15-foot shed dormer, four new windows, and closet space under the eaves. Insulate and finish ceiling and walls. Carpet floor. Extend existing HVAC to new space; provide electrical wiring and lighting to code. Retain existing stairs, but add rail and baluster around stairwell.”
Most home owners underestimate the number of decisions they need to make their Home Remodel successful. Proper planning helps you avoid spending extra money later.
To set up an appointment contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at email@example.com. We will ensure your Residential Remodel will look more attractive and welcoming, while also increasing efficiency and comfort for your family.
Doug Rusk, Architect DesignLine Architects, LLC Gilbert, Arizona www.designlinearchitects.com
Are you considering a Home Remodel of your current home or building a new Custom Home? If so, this can be such an exciting, yet overwhelming, adventure. There are so many things to consider and how do you know where to start?
If you are designing a new Custom home, you may really want to consider hiring an Architect. Ask yourself what your goals are? Do you just want to pick a stock floor plan out of a book? Or do you want to take the ideas in your head and create a custom floor plan that meets the needs of YOUR particular lifestyle? What are the perimeters of your lot and the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R’s) for your community in Phoenix? Confused already? For these reasons and many more, hiring an architect will help you with all of these issues and provide you with a design that specifically meets your needs.
If you are considering a remodel to your existing home you may question if you need to hire an architect. Of course, this really depends on the project. Often times though an architect can provide design ideas that you may not have even considered, ones that will better achieve your original goals for Home Remodeling in the first place. As they say measure twice, cut once. A well designed and thought out house plan will give you the best results and a better value for your money spent.
There are many options to choose from when you are designing and executing a Home Remodel or building a new Custom Home. There are draftspeople, designers, space planners, contractors, architects and many more titles that people call themselves. In the state of Arizona one cannot call themselves an “Architect” unless they have been registered or licensed to practice architecture in the state. To be a licensed or registered architect in the state of Arizona one must complete a bachelor’s degree in architecture, a 3 year internship and pass an extensive series of licensing tests administered by the State. What exactly does that mean for you and your residential project? Hiring an Architect for your project can provide you with a professional that has a wealth of knowledge and expertise that you may not find in an unlicensed designer.
A good Arizona Architect should provide a no-cost, initial consultation. This gives you a chance to run your basic ideas by them and get a feel for their design style and if they are someone you can work with. It is important to find an Architect that you feel confident about and enjoy working with. A good Architect will be able to help you realize and visualize your ideas on paper to result in a remodel or new build that best meets YOUR needs. Many times there are several solutions to solve a problem and an Architect can help you define these.
Increasing the scale of your home is not always necessary when considering a Residential Remodel Mesa; Strategic remodeling is doing what your home needs to stay current – nothing more.
• City Requirement. If you are planning to update any part of your residence, like relocating plumbing, adding electrical, cutting into a bearing wall or adding more floor area, then your City’s building department will need construction drawings to be submitted for building permit approval.
• Real Estate Disclosure. Earning a building permit for your Home Reconditioning will assist you in the long run, because it will allow you to honestly disclose your renovation, if you were to sell your home down the line.
“We consult with many homeowners each year to help them redesign their residence more to way they live now”, says Doug Rusk, owner of DESIGNLine ARCHITECTS. Here are a couple of questions you should ask yourself prior to getting started:
• Do you have an estimated spending limit in mind? If you find yourself intending to stay in your house for a while, then consider separating the proposed design into separate phases. This tactic will spread out Residential Remodel expense over a few years.
• What is the typical resale price of houses in your community? After a little investigation, you can estimate the average sale price for homes in your community and then estimate what the “highest” is for your investment.
• Are you planning for a significant enhancement to your residence? If you’re planning to remain in the house for several more years, it’s probably worth spending a little more to deliver what you wish for.
• Or are you planning to sell soon? If you’re intending to move within the next few months or years, then a fancy Residential Redesign is probably not a good course of action, because you will stand less a chance of recouping your investment. You’re be more satisfied placing your attention on smaller things that get your house ready to sell, like a fresh coat of paint, trimming your shrubs or simply removing just a little clutter in your home office space.
• What kinds of home finishes and features are usually offered in your neighborhood? If your home has one bathroom, and all the other neighbors have two, then adding a second bath might be a good solution.
Most individuals underestimate the number of decisions they need to make their Home Remodel successful. Proper planning helps keep you from exceeding your budget later on.
• Start an image folder by clipping photos of spaces and finishes you enjoy.
• Develop a list of the spaces and functions you want to include.
• Determine your goals for project timetable and budget.
• Whether meeting with your architect or contractor for ideas and advice, there are a number of decisions you’ll need to deal with. At DESIGNLine ARCHITECTS we offer an alternative Design/Build strategy that will pin down the cost question quickly, so you can decide to move ahead.
To arrange a consultation get in touch with Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We will ensure your Home Remodel look more beautiful and welcoming, while also increasing efficiency and comfort for your family.