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There Can Be Only One

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So, you’re designing a new house or addition and you’re on a tight budget.  Does this mean you’re stuck building the same bland box as everyone else, m
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Building a House on Sand

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As the parable states, building a house on sand is a risky proposition.  Sand itself isn’t the problem, but the proximity to water can be.  It all comes down to flood
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How Much Should I Pay an Architect?

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Here’s the million dollar question, ok, well, I’ve never billed that much, but it’s often the bone of contention over a project, what is a fair price, e
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Love Hardscapes But Hate Your Yard Flooding?

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Most communities have some sort of lot coverage restrictions, by which in their zoning codes, they require a certain amount of land on any lot to be natural landscaping o
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What Gives You The Right To Tell Me Where to Put My Front Door?

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One thing about being an architect I’ve always found interesting is despite the respect the profession garners in the general public, most people have no idea what
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Knock on Wood

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One detail often overlooked by clients is the material choice in what holds their house up.  There are a million options out there with more and more coming to the marke
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Better Than The Alternative…

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In my area, there are a lot of people retiring from the New York, Jersy, Philly, and DC areas looking to live in a low tax and beach adjacent area.  This means, whether
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Big Home, Little Budget or Little Home, Big Budget?

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Where should a client spend their money?  Let’s face it, everyone has a budget.  The architect for Bill Gates’ house once told a story of being told the house he wa
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What Are You Paying Me For?

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A few days ago, I wrote a post that talked about how architect’s are a jack of all trades, but rarely a master of any.  So a fair question might be, what the heck
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Is Your Brand New Home a Money Pit?

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It is not uncommon for someone in this area to buy a house not so much for the house, but for the location.  Some lots are even lower priced because there is a house on
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