Energy efficient building materials and practices are more prevalent today than they ever were in the past. Homeowners understand that investing in energy efficient retrofits or new construction is one of the best ways to save money and help the environment. If you live in an old home you’re likely familiar with high energy bills and drafty windows and doors. As professional architects we like to make energy smart decisions by providing homeowners with a structure that has an efficient building envelope.
One existing area that is often overlooked by homeowners as potential living space is the space overhead. An attic can work well as added living area with proper planning and consideration. An attic remodel requires special contemplation to make it fit with and work for the existing home. Key factors include creating access, adherence to building codes, maximizing space and including modern design touches.
With all of today’s “do it yourself” shows on television, it is easy to get inspired to create a list of building and design projects for your next open weekend. However, what you often aren’t seeing is the slew of team members behind the scenes who are working on projects and smoothing out the kinks. Before you tackle a huge construction project on your own, take into consideration the benefits of bringing an architect into the fold.
A basement remodel is a great way to add extra living space to your home without taking on an addition. It also offers an attractive return on your investment and has the potential to serve a variety of different purposes for you and your family. Here are some great basement remodel ideas for an unfinished basement.
Sunrooms are a popular addition for those that like to experience sunlight from the indoors. Not only does this multi-functional room let you admire the day from sunrise to sunset from the comfort of your home, but sunrooms are one of the best ways to enjoy the sun while keeping the bugs and allergens out.
A home addition is a serious investment. Whether it’s a small expansion or an entire top to bottom addition, the process requires zoning assessments, site plan approvals, design and construction. The good news is that at Stephanie Fox Architecture we can take care of all of these steps however, as the homeowner it’s important to take the following into consideration: