The township of Livingston is an ode to the former governor of New Jersey, William Livingston. Rich in culture and history, the township is the result of the merger of seven hamlets in the county.
Being a resident means you’re privy to an excellent school system and performing arts organizations such as the New Jersey Ballet Company.
Something’s missing, but what?
You’ve been thinking, but not too sure about it. The idea has popped into your mind multiple times but…,
You’re satisfied with the 2000 sq. ft. but you feel that there could be more or something different to highlight the features of that space. Now, what could that be?
In such a situation, your mind is the canvas, and the residential architect is the brush that brings your objectives to fruition. From the fundamental planning to the execution in partnership with the contractor, the architect is a crucial catalyst.
That’s how we at Aric Gitomer Architect aim to provide you with steadfast solutions and expressive designs to freshen up the feel of your homes in Livingston following the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code: Rehabilitation.
The code states regulations and rules in case of an addition, renovation, or alteration to your homes:
“Addition” means an increase in the footprint of a building or an increase in the average height of the highest roof surface or even the number of stories in a structure. However, you must consider the local zoning ordinances to factor in the lot size, setbacks, the height of the building, and lot coverage.
You can find more information about the designation of zones here.
“Alteration” means the rearrangement of any space by the construction of walls or partitions or by a change in ceiling height, the addition or elimination of any openings (door or window), the extension or rearrangement of any system, the installation of any additional equipment or fixtures and any work which reduces the load-bearing capacity or which imposes additional loads on a primary structural component.
“Renovation” is the removal and replacement or covering of existing interior or exterior finish, trim, doors, windows, or other surfaces with new materials that serve the same purpose and don’t change the configuration of the space. Renovation shall include the replacement of equipment or fixtures.
“Repair” means the restoration to a sound condition of materials, systems, and/or components that are worn, deteriorated, or broken using materials or components identical to or closely similar to the existing.
Plan of Action
For your convenience, there’s a checklist guide that could prove to be helpful. With this guide, you could easily initiate your home renovation project.
Odd One Out
Identifying the issues before splurging money on construction could save you time, energy, and of course those hard-earned dollars. Before you decide to break the walls in your bedroom to make space for a walk-in closet, check whether the bedroom itself needs a revamp.
It could be in terms of space or orientation, but the thought process could go a long way in preventing later regrets. It may be so that this process could allow for a more spacious bedroom that accommodates a larger closet as well.
Another critical issue when it comes to renovation is the acceptance of being somewhat displaced from your home. You’ll have to compromise on comfort and peace for as long as the renovation goes on.
Ask yourself whether it’s something that you’re ready to do. But a silver lining is that it depends on the efficiency and reliability of the architect that you hire.
A trustworthy architect will ask for enough time and provide you with excellent deliverables in comparison to someone who boasts of extravagant designs and zero outcomes. Reliability is the right way for you.
Who’s My Architect?
Now, this question is a must. Verify the authenticity of your architect before hiring anyone for the renovation project. A dependable architect will maintain transparency concerning their work and ethics and offer manageable timelines.
Contact us at Aric Gitomer Architect and find out if we’re a design match made in heaven.