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 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.
One simple thing you can do to reduce your home energy usage is...
In this post, we will review 21 Bathroom Design Ideas from our projects in NYC. As an architect, I see that the bathroom design is one of the most important rooms in the home for many people. The bathroom is often the most expensive space...
In this post, we will review 21 Kitchen Design Ideas from our projects in NYC. As an architect, I see that the kitchen design is the most important room in the home for many people. The kitchen is often the most expensive space in the...
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 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
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
Modern Townhouse Design
The townhouse is a modern...
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,...
A megastructure in architecture is a large scale building or a series of interconnected buildings.
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...
Kinetic Architecture means buildings or building components that move. These can be large scale operable elements or smaller scale components.
Kinetic Architecture Building Design
Below is a video animation of a Kinetic Architecture Concept I designed.
Kinetic Architecture Concept
This building design is a conceptual project inspired...