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Smart Home Devices

Smart Home Devices

Smart Home Devices are for automating your house, from temperature to lighting to locks and everything in between you can now control from the touch of your smart phone.   SMART HOME DEVICES HOME AUTOMATION Home automation is currently at the forefront of technology. The largest makers of appliances...

Architectural Fees

Architectural Fee structure can come in many forms from hourly, percentage of construction, per square foot, or flat rates. Depending on the architect the architectural fees may have varying structures and these may also vary based on the project type.   Architectural Fees Structure Different architects will have...

Density

Zoning Basics: Density Factor

Density Factor is a zoning term for the maximum allowable number of residential units one can develop on a property. The allowable residential square footage of the building is divided by the density factor to determine the allowable number of units. These factors vary in...

Floor Area Ratio NYC

Zoning Basics: Floor Area Ratio (FAR)

Floor Area Ratio (FAR) is the ratio of the maximum buildable area to the area of its zoning lot. This is a formula that determines how many square feet on can develop on a property as per zoning regulations. The lot area is multiplied by...

Architectural Real Time Design

Architectural Real Time Design is a term we use for designing with a client present or on video conference using 3D Modeling software. Design changes can be made in real time and the client can see exactly what we are doing and make changes on...

Buying a Building with Building Violations

Purchasing A Building With Violations NYC

If you are purchasing a building with violations in New York City you must resolve and clear all violations. You will not be held liable for penalties due on the building provided you file the proper documentation and qualify for a waiver of the penalties.   Purchasing...

Quality Housing Program NYC

Quality Housing Program NYC

The quality Housing Program is a set of zoning regulations that intend to maintain the existing character of neighborhoods by giving incentives to developers with higher building floor areas. Quality Housing is mandatory  in R6 through R10 contextual zoning districts and optional in all other...

NYC Building Permits

NYC Building Permits

There are different types of NYC Building Permits. A construction or building permit must be acquired before you begin any construction project in NYC including new buildings and renovations or alterations. In NYC building permit applications must be filed by an R.A. Registerd Architect or...

Finding an office in NYC

Tips For Finding An Office In NYC

Finding an office space in NYC can be a difficult and stressful process. This is a major investment and essential to your business identity and success.   Finding An Office Space Take Your Time and Plan Ahead Understand Commercial Building Classifications Rentable Square Footage Vs Usable Square...