Mendham Township is famous for its abundance of natural resources, which is primarily the reason that attracted the first settlers. The community retains its foundation through the homes, farmlands, and villages of the older generation. You could even term them to be the living remnants of Mendham’s rich past.
As a part of a historically rich community, you must own homes that reflect the past through their structures or their aura. There’s no harm in harnessing the power of this history and blend it into today’s time.
The Best Approach
What’s the best approach when it comes to a change to the structure? You hire an architect! It’s that simple.
The job of the residential architect is to be a guidebook in partnership with the plan of action and put forth positively constructed results. What’s more, is that you get to see your ideas transforming into materiality.
And that’s where we at Aric Gitomer Architect could be of use to you. Expression of design, reliability, and transparency is the foundation of our work, and as a prospective client, you’d surely want that.
When it comes to construction in New Jersey, an architect must follow the regulations laid out by the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code: Rehabilitation. The code states rules in terms of addition, renovation, or alteration to your homes as follows:
“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.
Head for Change
Renovating your house requires money, time, and a lot of patience. The ability to compromise on using cold water instead of hot is a bonus!
Deciding to revamp your home means that you’re going to have to adapt to a nomadic lifestyle until the project is all done. You may have to shift from room to room or even crash on the couch.
To avoid feeling displaced, chalk out a plan before you decide to hire an architect. Regulate which area of your house you want to change and then focus your energy on that.
It may be so that your kitchen needs an upgrade, but you’ve got an empty garage that you could change into a living space. Now, which option poses more weightage? In most cases, homeowners may prefer having extra space in their empty garage.
In partnership with a residential architect, your ideas for change could bear fruit in easy and calculated steps.
Step I: Do some recon.
Step II: Hire a reliable architect.
Step III: Communicate.
Step IV: Let the architect do his job.
Get in Touch
We at Aric Gitomer Architect know how stressful it can be to renovate your home or even a small part of it. That’s why we provide clients with a checklist guide that allows them to prepare and experience comfort.
Get in touch with us and let’s partner up to tap into your creativity and our professionalism.