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Sustainable House Design

Sustainable House Design 21 Ideas

A sustainable house is a home that has the least possible negative impact on our environment. This means energy efficiency, avoiding environmental toxins, using materials, and resources in a responsible manner while having a positive physical and psychological impact on its inhabitants. What we build matters...

NYC DOB Architect filing online

NYC DOB Filing Drawings Online

In order to obtain permits for construction in NYC an Architect or Engineer must file documents and drawings. NYC DOB Filing Drawings are filed online or at the given Borough Office.   NYC DOB Filing Drawings Online Working as an architect in New York City, I have found...

Sistering Joist NYC Townhouse

NYC Townhouse Structure Sistering Joists

When renovating a townhouse in NYC you can find hidden or unknown structural problems that can require structural repairs such as sistering joists and the installation of new joists, headers, and trimmers.   Townhouse Renovation Structure In this post we will look at two townhouses we renovated each...

NYC Residential Zoning

NYC Residential Zoning Districts

Zoning Codes are laws that regulate the development of property in use, size. shape, and height. New York City has different Zoning Districts. There are three primary zoning categories: M for Manufacturing Districts, C for Commercial Districts, and R for NYC Residential Zoning Districts. This...

R6 Zoning NYC

R6 Zoning NYC Residential Development

R6 Zoning in NYC is a residential zoning district with small multifamily apartment buildings and single or two family homes. R6 is medium density non contextual zoning.  In R6 you have a choice of Height Factor Zoning or Quality Housing Program. It is the only...