The first Delaware jurisdiction has recently adopted the 2012 International Building Code, which has all sorts of changes, mostly minor and things most owners don’t really care about (except the sprinkler requirements, which most towns and counties seem to be opting out of in the state.) But the big kahuna around here is the new wind maps. Long story very short, Delaware is no longer considered at risk for a hurricane strike and the requirements for new construction have dropped dramatically.
There are all sorts of projects for which you can hire an architect. There are the obvious ones, the commercial buildings, churches, large houses, or complex structures. There are less obvious ones where the tiny project only requires an architect due to legal restrictions of your Home Owners Association and state or county or city law doesn’t. Then there’s everything else, the vast majority of sunrooms and screened porches and inlaw suites that don’t require and are frankly too small for a lot of offices, or so you would think.
One of the most prolific and well adopted sustainable technologies are cool roof options, at least in commercial buildings. There was a time when almost all flat roofs were black asphalt, but most buildings built in the last 10 years are white membranes to reflect the sun’s heat year-round. These commercial buildings have been built with the realization that having a 110 degree surface year-round leads to a lot of heat infiltration, even in the winter when you might think it would be a good idea, it’s far too much and in the summer, it kills the conditioning bills. These technologies are now starting to find their way more and more into residential products and are often available from roofing companies such as markham roofing services, and I would recommend them more and more for most buildings, especially the more your cooling load dominates your heating bills.
Looking to save some money on your house but still want it to be a well crafted and detailed home? Try eliminating square footage from the least useful rooms. Don’t spend money building rooms that get used twice a year or combine functions of multiple single-use rooms into a single space. It’s always amazing to me how houses can grow during design from simple 3 bedroom places into giant palaces as owners add more space for occasional guests or formal dining rooms. It’s important to remember that when you’re designing your home, make sure you have enough supporting walls. If you’re designing your home by yourself and are unsure, you could always consult with Brisbane Scaffold Companies or whatever companies are nearest to you. A scaffolder would be an expert on how different elements support one another, and you’re very likely going to use scaffolding when you’re building your dream home anyway, so asking them for guidance is an appropriate measure.