Author: Jorge Fontan AIA

About Jorge Fontan AIA

Author Jorge Fontan AIA

This post was written by Jorge Fontan, a Registered Architect and owner of Fontan Architecture.

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Elevated House Design

Elevated House Design

An elevated house is a house that is on columns or other structure where the first floor is higher then the ground and open underneath. This is mostly done in flood zones so that the house is higher than the flood plain and water can...

Smart Thermostat for energy savings

Smart Thermostats for Energy Savings

Smart thermostats can reduce your home energy consumption by optimizing the heating and cooling programming for optimal efficiency. These devices learn patterns to find ways to increase comfort and reduce unnecessary usage.   Smart Thermostats One simple thing you can do to reduce your home energy usage is...

Brooklyn Townhouse Renovation

Brooklyn Townhouse Renovation in Bed Stuy

Brooklyn has many Townhouses and Brownstones. Renovating a Townhouse in NYC is a large undertaking. In this post, we will review one of our Brooklyn Townhouse Renovations.   Brooklyn Townhouse Renovation In this post, we will look at some issues you should consider when renovating a townhouse based...

Zoning Frequently Asked Questions

Zoning FAQ NYC

  Zoning FAQ NYC   The following are New York City¬† Zoning Frequently Asked Questions we receive in our New York Architecture Firm: Fontan Architecture. Residential Zoning FAQ Small Zoning Lots Q. Can I build multifamily on a small zoning lot? A. The NYC Zoning Resolution identifies minimum lot sizes for residential...

Harlem Townhouse Design NYC

Harlem Townhouse Design

Harlem Townhouse Design¬†   The following is a design for a new townhouse in Harlem NYC. This was designed to be a modern take on the NYC Townhouse incorporating modern design, sustainability, and green space. Modern Townhouse Design Sustainable Design Green Space   Modern Townhouse Design The townhouse is a modern...

Special Natural Area District

Special Natural Area District

New York City has four Special Natural Area Districts. These Natural Areas are meant to protect wildlife, aquatic life, plant life and the natural beauty of the designated areas. Special Natural Area Districts in NYC There are four Special Natural Area Districts in NYC: NA-1 Emerson Hill,...

Megastructure Building Design

Megastructure Building Design

A megastructure in architecture is a large scale building or a series of interconnected buildings.   Megastructure Architecture   Megastructure Building Design This megastructure building concept is inspired by the Tower on a Base or Podium Tower building typology. This is a common mixed use building typology where the lower...