Blog - Providing Insight into Residential Architecture and Construction

Choosing an Exterior Home Style

NJ Architect Colonial Home It can be argued that a home is an extension of its owners. The way it is decorated, the way it is maintained: These are just some of the factors that play a part in showcasing the homeowners' personalities. When making the decision to build a custom home, owners have an even greater opportunity to do just this through the architectural style. With numerous styles to choose from, it can be a painstaking process to choose the correct home type. To simplify the final decision making, consider the following before breaking ground: Read more...

The Evolution of the Great Room

NJ Architect Great Room Long-gone are the days of sectioning off every room in a house. While families of yesteryear chose floor plans that incorporated many smaller rooms, this model is not often conducive to modern homeowners. Thus came the great room. This multi-functional living space surely is not a new or unfamiliar idea when it comes to architectural design; however, the ideas about what a great room is and the overall functionality of the massive spaces have changed over time. Read more...

Beneficial Ways to Incorporate "Green" Elements in Home Design

NJ Architect green elements in home designWhen someone hears the word "green," it is no longer just a color that comes to mind. With hybrid cars, energy-efficient appliances and reusable shopping bags being more mainstream, it is no surprise that green, sustainable elements are being incorporated into architecture and residential home design. Sure, there are many behind-the-scenes ways to make a more eco-friendly home, such as advanced house framing techniques, the use of more insulation, quality sealing around windows and doors and even lumber choices, but homeowners also have the opportunity to incorporate green elements in a very visible way. Read more...

Remodel or New Construction: What Is Right for Your Project?

Remodel Renovation New Construction NJ Architect We are just out of room,"This house has absolutely no storage space," "The floor plan of our home is not practical for our family anymore": These are all common complaints of homeowners. When you face one of these problems, or one of the myriad other issues homeowners have with the layouts of their homes, the question then becomes what to do about it. Is the home worth remodeling, or is building a new house that fits your needs to a T the better solution? Before making a costly and life-changing decision, consider the following pros and cons of each option. Read more...

Plainfield Residence

New One Family House This property is situated on a spacious lot in a suburban area, which allowed us to design a large home with approximately 3,675 square feet between the first and second floors. The residence is designed in a New American Style that highlights large living spaces and fantastic flow. Asymmetrical accents meld with traditional features to create a beautiful home inside and out at the Plainfield Residence. To speed up the construction process and to ensure a solid base for the home, we used a modern precast concrete foundation system.  Read more...

The Benefits of Working With Natural Topography

NJ Architect house designOne of the most unique things about each and every property is the lot on which the building is set. It is rare to find lots with the same exact elevations, variations, etc. Architects must either work with or against the natural variations of the site to complete their project. As with any element of a project, of course the site can be changed to accommodate the structure being built; earth can be moved, slopes can be softened and ground can be flattened. This being said, there are many undeniable benefits to working with the natural topography of a tract of land. Read more...

Exploring Kitchen Layouts

NJ Architect kitchen designAn adage as old as the ages: The kitchen is the heart of the home. Even with the abundant use - and sometimes overuse - of this statement, the truth of the matter is undeniable. A kitchen is no longer a one-person room in the back of the house that only the chef enters; between the cooking, entertaining and everyday life that takes place in the kitchen, the room sees a steady flow of traffic and is truly a family room. When working with a NJ architect, together you consider factors such as the square footage appropriation and the overall feel of your dream kitchen. The most important decision you make together, though, is the layout. Read more...

The Use of Natural Light in Home Design

NJ Architect design natural lightIt was best said by Louis Kahn, "A room is not a room without natural light." In architecture, there are few elements more important than how a building is illuminated. Of course, artificial lighting is attractive and allows homeowners to play with different styles, but nothing compares to the feel of a sun-filled room. When working with a NJ architect, or an architect anywhere in the country, consider the following benefits of introducing more natural light into your home. Read more...

NJ Residents, Quick Facts About the New Home Fire Safety Act!

Avalon Edgewater NJ fire New Home Fire Safety Act The massive fire that consumed an apartment complex in Edgewater, NJ has reignited the debate to require a fire sprinkler system in new one and two family homes. The New Jersey Senate passed the New Home Fire Safety Act, S2316, on March 16, which mandates new one and two family homes to be equipped with a fire sprinkler system. Currently, the bill is waiting to be signed into law by Governor Chris Christie. Read more...

Architect Contractor Homeowner Design Relationship

Architect Contractor Developer Homeowner The degree of interconnection among architects, contractors, developers, and homeowners varies depending upon the structure of the project. Some buildings are design-led in which the architect communicates with the client to translate the vision into construction drawings for the contractors to build. Other projects, such as spec houses, are the result of communication between an architect and a developer, with minimal homeowner involvement.  Read more...

Corporate Cultures of Apple, Google and Facebook Reflected in Architecture

Apple CampusThree major technology companies, Apple, Google, and Facebook are said to be competing for the "coolest building." We've been awed by their continual product and social media innovations throughout the years, but this move to manifest their unique corporate cultures through architecture is even more exciting for us as designers at Space & Mark  Read more...

Ellers Residence

New One Family House The Ellers Residence is a brand-new 2-story home located on a spacious corner lot in a residential area. After analyzing the zoning parameters for the area and keeping the minimum setback lines in mind, we designed a square-shaped house that maximizes the space available to the owners. By choosing to build a structure that rises 30 feet above the ground at its highest point, rather than the allotted 35 feet, we were able to accomplish a larger overall footprint. In all, there are a total of approximately 2,650 square feet of livable space between the first and second floors of the residence, as well as an additional 1,100 square feet in the basement.  Read more...

Getting Started: The Reference Questionnaire

Contractor Reference Questionnaire NJ Architect  “God is in the details.”  Those famous words, attributed to the architect Mies van der Rohe,  shed light upon how architecture relies on the minute moments to enliven the essence of a space.  (Side note: We also prefer this positive idiom referencing God, rather than “The Devil”).  Read more...

Interior Renovation / Aubrey Residence

Interior Renovation Project Check out our recently completed residential project. Working with an existing one family house that had seen a few haphazard additions throughout its lifetime, we adjusted the arrangement and size of the rooms to create a more efficient floor plan.  Read more...

Exploring Payment Options for Architectural Services

Exploring Payment Options for Architectural ServicesArchitectural design favors the artistic end of the spectrum, and our trade is partial to providing different options and possibilities for a given design problem.  It is difficult to quantify an Architect’s services, because the end result (and the process of getting there) is not a simple answer, but rather the result of developing an idea within given parameters, such as site constraints, users, program, budget. Read more...

Lafayette Residence

New One Family House One of our more unique projects, the Lafayette Residence is a 2 1/2-story home in a residential area. The lot on which the structure is set is compact; however, this in no way limited the floor plan. With a long rectangular design, we were able to fit a total of 2,153 square feet between the first and second floors. There are also several areas within the house that do not count towards the overall square footage: the basement - 948 square feet, the garage - 295 square feet and the partially finished walk-up attic - 363 square feet.  Read more...

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