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R1 Zoning NYC, Single Family Zoning

R1 Zoning is a single family zoning district in New York City. You can only build single family residences in R1 zoning. Two family and multi family is not allowed. You can as in all residential zoning districts build community facilities as an option these...

Converting to multi family from 1 or 2 family

Converting To Multi Family NYC

Many people who own single family and two family homes are interested in converting them to multi family apartment buildings. Any building with three or more residential units is considered multi family. In this post we will explore some of the requirements for converting from...

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Residential Buildings in Commercial Zoning NYC

Can you build a residential building in a commercial zoning district in NYC? In most cases you can build a residential building in a commercial zoning district in New York City. With a few exceptions, the majority of commercial zoning districts have a "Residential District Equivalent" zone....

Apartment Renovation Architect NYC

Apartment Renovations NYC

Renovating an apartment is a big deal. It requires planning and preparation. In this post I am going to cover a few items you may or may not know you need to consider before renovating your apartment in NYC. mostly we are covering architectural services...

R8 Zoning NYC

R8 Zoning NYC

R8 Zoning in NYC is considered a "high density" residential zoning district. R8 Zoning is found commonly in the Manhattan and the Bronx as well in parts of Brooklyn. There are also commercial districts that have an equivalent Residential Zone of R8. This article will...

R7 Zoning

R7 Zoning NYC Residential District

R7 is a medium density residential zoning district. R7 Zoning is found commonly in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. This article will focus on basic R7 Zoning districts including R7-1 Zoning & R7-2 Zoning. We will not be going into the contextual districts see...

Pre design Architecture

Pre Design Architecture

Pre-design is the set of conditions and research that a property owner will want to establish before developing a property. At our architecture firm we often provide Pre design Architectural Services. this post will focus on some of the issues one may want to investigate...

Flood Proof House Design

Flood Proof House Ideas

Katrina, Sandy, and Harvey have all brought flood proofing and hurricane proofing to the forefront of many architects minds. I personally have been involved with designing and rebuilding homes destroyed by Sandy. Flood Proof and hurricane proof house design is becoming more and more important...

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Hotel Zoning in NYC

Hotels fall under commercial zoning in New York. Below is a list of hotel zoning districts in NYC and some basic information on zoning for hotels.   Hotel Zoning NYC Where can you build a hotel in NYC? Hotels in NYC are allowed in certain zoning districts. Many...

Inclusionary housing program NYC

Inclusionary Housing Program NYC

In New York City the Inclusionary Housing Program is a zoning incentive that offers higher allowable floor area to developers who provide a portion of their building as affordable units or low income housing. The goal is to incentivize developers to include some low income...