Thursday, September 27, 2012

Small Home, Generous Space!

Our clients in the Oakhurst neighborhood of Decatur, GA needed more space but wanted to stay in the neighborhood they love.  Many of our clients love their home, they just need need space.  Our clients considered selling their small home and buying a larger one. Unfortunately in popular Oakhurst, any larger home was a new home designed by a builder and cost upward of $600K.  Another option was to choose a local design-build firm.  Many design-build companies can provide good service in renovating existing homes, but at quite a premium.

Design Build vs. Architect/Builder
Instead our clients chose to hire Re:FORM Architects and pursue the architect/builder model for renovating their home and adding a new second story.  As their architects, we were able to act as their advocates to guide them through the renovation process and design a second story addition that fit their needs without busting their budget.  There is no conflict of of interest with the architect/builder model.  Unlike with design-build firms where the designer is an employee of the company that will profit in construction, we have no incentive for you to overspend on your renovation.  For example, if a design-build company can convince you to choose high-end kitchen counters & cabinets or bathroom tile they will make more profit.  We make the same fee, regardless of whether you choose high-end or medium grade finishes.

A lovely 4 bedroom, 3 bath home, with 520 SF of porches (one on the front and a large screened porch off the back)  for $110 per square foot.  and yes, that includes all of our architectural fees.

Existing home before renovation
Selective demolition

Second  Story on it's way!

We have siding!

Close up of porch, under construction.

Proposed Elevation,  expected completion: December 2012!

Stay in touch to see the progress and in December, photos of the finished home.

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Do you need more space?        Give us a call! 404-499-1636