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An architect is usually the primary design professional on a custom home project. But you may decide to work with other specialists in planning your home or any interior/exterior. Kitchen and bath design can be very useful; you may also choose to work with an interior designer. In new construction an architect can be especially useful in transforming the bare bones of the house into warm, livable personal statement.

To often a new home’s setting is neglected. Landscape architects specialize in designing the site surrounding a home. Good design takes advantage of the possibilities that the site offers to achieve the effects you desire: formal display, privacy, and simplicity of upkeep, outdoor living, or whatever. If your site contains plant materials you wish to preserve, particularly trees, it might be a good idea to consult with a landscape architect or arborist before construction begins.

Who’s who in home building?

Architect. Building design professional who has completed all required university training in architecture posses work experience and passed state licensing exams.

Design + Build Firm. An organization that provides both architectural planning and general contracting services. Offers a different approach to the conventional arrangement in which the architect and builder are separate entities. These firms are a form a one- stop shopping and help you avoid the contention that often arises between designers and builders.

Interior Designer. Specialist in decorating and furnishings; special training and licensing not required. Initials ASID following individual’s name indicate membership in a professional association, for which training and passing tests are required.

Kitchen Bath Designer. Specialist in designing these rooms, license is not required for practice.

Landscape Architect. Specialist in landscape and garden planning; primary concerns include site selection, grading, access, drainage and protection of existing plant materials. License required in most states.

The Basics of Obtaining a Zoning Variance. Zoning laws are meant to protect all property owners according to the values of local community. But niggling restrictions can also be a nuisance. Setback rules, for example, limit your ability to build close to the edge of a property. Sitting your home to take maximum advantage of the views may necessitate seeking an exception to setback requirements.



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