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FAQ


Why do I need an architect?

In the simplest sense, if your project requires permits, then you probably need an architect. New homes, additions, and renovations all must comply with Florida Building Code, and therefore require permits in the State of Florida.

More importantly, the architect is the master of the vision for your project, and has a direct interest in seeing that the design and aesthetic ideas you want are assembled into a finished space.

Additionally, the architect is the planner who considers all of the limitations of your project, including your available space, your budget, your calendar, and the limits of the law, and works to produce the best result within those limitations that satisfies your requirements.

The architect is also your advocate, who represents your project to the municipality, review boards, and even to your contractor. Having an advocate that represents your interests through the full course of your project is often understated, yet the most important reason to work with an architect.

What remodel projects yield the largest return on investment?

Every year Remodeling Magazine writes up an article about the best values in remodeling, and they always emphasize the value of a consistent maintenance program for the home. A poorly maintained home will invariably sell at a discount to market.

When looking to produce value in a home remodel or renovation, we often look to the envelope of the house. You may be surprised to know that the strongest return on investments for your home include entry door replacement, roofing replacement, or simply adding attic insulation and venting. As these minor projects are relatively inexpensive to implement, the effect on resale value cannot be understated.

When tackling a larger project, we will often recommend including some of these smaller improvements as they are easy for a contractor incorporate into the project in a cost-effective manner.

Next on the return on investment list are large renovation and addition projects, such as a complete custom kitchen, or a large master bath suite. While more expensive and time consuming to plan and build, many home buyers prefer a home with these spaces updated, as it makes the home move-in ready.

What is the difference between an architect, an interior designer, and a decorator?

Architect

    An architect is a licensed professional who has been trained to integrate the concepts of art, design, and usability and incorporate them with the limitations of building code into a plan that represents the clients vision and aesthetic.

Interior Designer

    Similar to an architect, the interior designer is a licensed professional who works in greater detail, selecting and specifying materials, finishes, fixtures, and coordinating decoration and design concept throughout the project.

Decorator

    A decorator does not require licensure or specific training, but may have good organizational skills and aesthetic eye to coordinate the decoration of a project.

What is a Design Group?

The Design Group brings all of the planning disciplines under one roof to produce your project. The Architecture team plans a well-designed, compliant space and structure. Then the Interior Design team elaborates on the plan by selecting and specifying details and finishes. Meanwhile, the Engineering team is resolving all of the specifics and calculations for the structure, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical aspects of the design. During implementation, all teams are invested in seeing the project through to successful completion.

When should I speak with a contractor?

Work with us and lay out your plans before engaging a contractor. It is our experience that a plan should be in place before any construction begins. The strains caused by changing from the initial plans once construction commences can stretch the length and budget of your project. This can be prevented by taking the time to design and assemble a full set of architectural and interior design plans. With completed plans, conversations with contractors can be productive.

Okay, what happens next?

Let’s begin!

1. Prepare your budget

    For your first step, you should make an assessment of your financial position and establish an available project budget.

2. Create a Wish List

    Let your imagination flow and make a list of all of the features you would love to have. Our team will work within the limits of budget and feasibility to incorporate your wishes into the design.

3. Evaluate your Lifestyle

    How you live, entertain, and function in your home are important to us, they drive major considerations in design.

4. Find the Styles that Inspire and Intrigue you

    Our visionary approach to your project will be guided by your style preferences. Create an Ideabook on Houzz that exemplifies the styles you are attracted to, and browse through some magazines. We draw from your vision and wish list and weave the concepts into the design of the entire project.

5. Call or e-mail us

    We would love to discuss your project, Contact Us and invite us to your home for a consultation.

Have a question?

We welcome it!

Please drop us a message with your questions, and we will get back to you with answers.

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