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Attic Floor Area NYC Zoning

When Attics Count as Floor Area NYC

An Attic is basically any space directly under a roof. According to the New York City Zoning Resolution attics count as zoning floor area in certain instances and do not in others.   Attic Floor Area   Attic Floor Area Counted For Zoning The following are instances where attic floor...

Sky Exposure Plane

Sky Exposure Plane NYC Zoning

A sky exposure plane is an imaginary plane that sets an inclined boundary that a building cannot penetrate. The sky exposure plane establishes a limit for a building envelope as specified in the zoning code.   Sky Exposure Plane Front Sky Exposure Plane Rear Sky Exposure Plane The...

CCD1 NYC

CCD1 NYC, Construction Code Determination

In NYC a CCD1 is a Construction Code Determination. This is an application to get a written ruling from the Department Of Buildings on the interpretation of a specific Construction Code or Multiple Dwelling Law Code.   Construction Code Determination If you have a concern about a specific...

ZRD1 NYC

ZRD1 NYC, Zoning Resolution Determination

In NYC a ZRD1 is a Zoning Resolution Determination. This is an application to get a written ruling from the Department Of Buildings on the interpretation of a specific Zoning Code.   Zoning Resolution Determination If you have a concern about a specific Zoning Code and need clarification...

Hiring An Architect

Hiring An Architect

If you are going to embark an a construction project you are probably going to be hiring an architect. There are many issues to consider and this may seem like a difficult task. Hiring an Architect is not the most common everyday thing you will...

New Contemporary House Design

New Contemporary House Designs

The following are modern and contemporary homes we designed. They are all very different but share that they are 21st century contemporary architectural designs.   Contemporary Lake House Design Modern & Contemporary Townhouse Design Concrete HouseĀ  Modern 2 Family House Design Round House Design   Contemporary Lake House...

Narrow Lot NYC

Narrow Lot NYC Zoning

In New York City the Zoning Resolution requires residential properties to have a minimum lot width. If a property is narrow this can make side yards difficult to provide. The Zoning Codes have a stipulation for narrow lots that allow you to reduce the side...