According to Niche, Randolph amongst the Top 50 Best Places to Live in New Jersey. There’s no wonder that you want to stay put in your current home in Randolph even if a renovation is the need of the hour.
Are you looking for extra space for the children or a private and cozy reading room? Maybe your wife wants a walk-in closet, or you’re thinking of earning some money on the side by renting out your empty garage?
When considering structural design, an architect is what comes to mind. Presenting your ideas to life in the form of expressive physical elements is what we at Aric Gitomer Architect could do for you.
If concerns such as dull walls, enclosed rooms, or spaces lacking natural light have popped up in your mind, addition, renovation, or alteration is the approach you could take. Each choice differs from the other in some ways and is most likely to deliver differing results as well.
When considering such projects in Randolph an architect must follow the regulations set by the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code: Rehabilitation. Here’s what the code states regarding addition, alteration, and renovation:
“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.
To avoid stress and confusion, AGA provides you with a home renovation checklist that offers a list of parameters that you must prepare for before initiating the process. The How-To process becomes an easy way for you to understand how the project could turn out and what role each participant must play.
You’ll understand how the architect handles the project and what jobs go towards the general contractor. So, it’s a win-win for you.
Enter the Waters
You’re in a meeting with your residential architect. Laid out before you are AI-sized sheets filled with plans of projects that he’s been working on. You get nervous. Why’s that?
Before you sign the document entering into a contract with your architect, you must decide which area of your home requires attention. Jumping into a full-fledged renovation could take months and drain you physically, psychologically, and financially.
Take a look at your living room. Maybe it’s too large for your house and you could accommodate a small reading room with a coffee table, some wooden frames, and a French window. Could it be possible? Yes, it could.
Your architect is the beacon that’ll drive this renovation to completion and deliver positive outcomes in the form of natural light, open space, and client satisfaction. In partnership with the general contractor, the renovation could be a successful project for you and your home.
Many architects boast about extravagant designs but don’t come up with the expected deliverables.
In such cases, you’re presented with shabby craftsmanship, a loss of time, and money. And all this because you went in the wrong direction.
We at Aric Gitomer Architect only make the promises that we can deliver and hope to achieve a professional relationship with our clients. So, contact us, and let’s partner up for the renovation of the year!