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Architectural Fees Breakdown

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

Floor Area Ratio (FAR) Zoning Calculations

Floor Area Ratio (FAR) is mathematical formula that determines how many square feet can be developed on a property in proportion to the lot area. The property area is multiplied by the FAR factor and the result is the maximum floor area allowed for a...

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...

Apartment Renovation tips NYC

10 Apartment Renovation Tips

This post will focus on some tips for apartment renovation design and the process of completing a renovation.   10 Apartment Renovation Tips   Knock Down Some Walls If You Need To Don't be scared to knock down a few walls. This can be a great way to open up...