Why hire an architect for my home design?
As with many professions, an architect has successfully completed years of internship and a series of rigorous exams to become a state licensed professional. Architects guide you through the home design and construction process, are problem solvers, creative visionaries, and the client's advocate. An architect strives to save you money and works to establish a realistic construction budget. Changes are made to the home design as ideas evolve during the design process, which is substantially less expensive than during construction. The investment made with an architect reduces unforeseen costs and change orders. Specialty construction such as timber frame design or SIPs, current energy and tax incentives and stringent building codes make the home design process difficult without the expertise of an architect familiar with current industry standards.
What is the first step of the design process with Bonin Architects & Associates?
Arrange a site visit, conference call, or personal meeting to discuss your site, home design, and project schedule. Please feel free to contact us with questions about your custom home design. Also, see our Architectural Services and Fees for detailed information.
What is green or sustainable design?
As architects, we believe the goal of sustainable or green home design is to eliminate the negative impact of construction on the natural environment, reduce the consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize construction and fabrication waste, and promote a healthy living environment. Sustainable architectural design addresses site specific criteria, durability, energy consumption, energy sources, material selections, water conservation, indoor air quality and operational and maintenance costs. We address these aspects of sustainability in all our home designs as we consider this always within the scope of quality design.
Is an architect or engineer required to stamp the drawings?
Your state or local building officials may require an architect or engineer to stamp your home design. Jeremy is a licensed architect in NH, RI, NY, MA, CT, VT, and ME. (Please inquire as to availability of other states) We also work closely with engineers that specialize in timber frame and structural insulated panel home design.
What is the cost of a new home?
Region, site, construction type, project size and finish selections affect cost substantially. When working with an architect, establishing the budget is a key preliminary goal. Investing in an architect to work with you from project inception to completion guarantees complete drawings for the home design and provides a client advocate throughout the process.
What is LEED?
A LEED Professional Accreditation distinguishes building professionals or architects with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the home design certification process. Accredited Professionals have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principals and the LEED Rating System. This credential represents the individual's dedication to green building in design and practice. Jeremy Bonin is a LEED accredited architect.