Author: Jorge Fontan AIA

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Author Jorge Fontan AIA

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NYC Height Factor Zoning

Height Factor Zoning

Height Factor Zoning in NYC is a set of zoning regulations that promotes tall skinny buildings with s lot of open space on their zoning lots. Height Factor buildings can be built in non contextual R6 through R9 zoning districts. Height Factor Zoning is based...

NYC Zoning Deductions

NYC Zoning Deductions

NYC Zoning regulates how many square feet you can develop on a given property through a formula called Floor Area Ratio. Since the floor area that one can build is limited optimize your floor area as best you can. This means making an efficient building...

Zero Lot Line, Attached, Detached Semi-Detached Buildings

Detached Semi-detached Attached Buildings

NYC Zoning lists 4 building types for identifying the relationship of the building to other buildings and to the property line. They are detached, semi-detached, zero lot line, and attached buildings.   NYC Zoning Building Types Detached Buildings Semi-Detached Buildings Zero Lot Line Buildings Attached Buildings   Detached, Zero...

Building Setbacks

NYC Zoning Setback

Architecturally a building setback is a building face that is recessed from the rest of the building. In zoning a setback is the distance a building or portion of a building must be recessed from a property line or other designated point of reference. Setback...

Narrow Street Wide Street NYC Street width

Wide Street / Narrow Street NYC Zoning

NYC Zoning uses the tern "Wide Street" and "Narrow Street" these are precise terms that affect what zoning regulations are applicable on your property. A Wide Street is a street that is greater than or equal to  75 feet wide. A Narrow Street is a...

New Home Insulation Diagram

Insulation In New Homes

New home insulation is not only about insulating but also about sealing your home. Homes need to keep the warm air in during winter and keep the cool air in during summer. This is done with insulation and air sealing.   New Home Insulation Insulation is not enough...

Backyard Office Design

Backyard Office Design

With more and more people telecommuting and working from home the home office is becoming more popular. One great way to have a separation between the home and office is to build a small backyard office building.   Backyard Office Design   Backyard Office Building Laws If you want to...

Unique Building Designs

Unique Building Designs

At our architecture firm we do a wide range of projects. Here are a few Unique Building Designs we have worked on. There range from real projects, to prototypes, and competition entries.   Unique Building Designs   Office Building Design The project below is a Office Building Design we did...