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Building a House – Getting Started Guide

How do you get started with Building a House? We get so many emails and chats in passing about how we approach projects - so we thought it would be a great post here to share some of our starting block tasks. The BARI 'What you need Checklist': Existing Conditions drawings (if available)Building PlatNeighborhood guidelines and jurisdictions (if applicable, Home Owners Associations or Design Review Boards/Historic district guidelines)Land Assessment Site SurveyVision Board or photos of ideasProgram/wish list of spaces  Step 1 - Site Survey - This is where we measure and document everything that currently exists. If you have drawings of your house we still need to verify that all the dimensions are accurate before starting design. If you don't have any plans or drawings of the existing house or structure then we would need to go out to the site and measure everything. We would use the Plat to do so. Ideally,...

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Colorado Architects Urban Live/Work Residence

As Colorado architects we recently completed design and documentation for a sleek and modern new structure in Denver. This also happens to be a live/work residence. Many available and urban lots in Denver, Colorado are for the most part very linear. This live/work courtyard style residence sits on a very typical site for the city. These clients want to create structure designed to take advantage of the walkability in this more urban neighborhood. At the same time, they are also locating the businesses they run in a separate but connected space. Side Elevation - Guest Entry When thinking about planning on this site it became obvious that we needed to separate the 'work' program. Thereby providing a dedicated entry for their clients and teams to enter. Denver, Colorado has over 300 sunny days a year. Since we are looking at separating out program it makes so much sense to start...

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Bright & Airy Kitchen and Family room addition

In 2017 BARI architects were commissioned to design this large home addition. The addition essentially doubled the existing residence to gain a much-needed owners suite and luxurious entertaining space. Completed in 2018 the clients exquisite taste for modern details streamlined our design decisions to deliver a signature project in the Takoma Park neighborhood in the outskirts of Washington, D.C. You may remember the project from a previous blog post where we had just framed out the kitchen and family room addition here. Or an even earlier post when we first started the project here. A long overdue update: This is one project that we are excited to share! We couldn't be happier with the final product and it is a real feature for all parties involved. Our clients are outgrowing their current space and have asked BARI to step in and help expand their environment. The single hall colonials that are...

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Construction on Takoma Park House Progress 2

Construction Update Construction is cruising along in Takoma Park, Maryland as the Brown House renovation and addition project is progressing.  As seen in the first picture below the front door has been moved to the side. The front door is the main reason the client was frustrated with the house. By moving the door over to where the window is we are able to create a mudroom/landing space right as you enter. Below is a shot of the siding going up on the house. The siding is all Hardie Board, 4x8 sheets with vertical strips to get the effect of board and batten.  All of it will be painted black, trim, board, batten, panels, etc.   Horizontal Cedar Railing for the deck Drywall progress inside! Those are boxes of the fun tile the homeowner ordered. Ah the skylight, always, always, always a great idea! We debated adding mor windows to the blank wall, but I advised...

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CorTen and Retail

The material known around the industry as Cor-Ten steel is a type of 'weathering' steel that doesn't require painting or sealing. It is a group of steel alloys which were developed to form a stable rust-like appearance.   (Studio Farris)   I remember first seeing this rusty, warm material during my time working in the mountains of Colorado. The department of highways used a version of Cor-Ten on their road wall barriers and guardrails way at the top of mountain passes - as a low fuss but great wearing material. As you can also see, architects and designers alike LOVE it. It's organic wear is so true and beautiful while you can also panelize it (since it's a metal) and create amazing compositions. It's sometimes tricky to detail in urban context as the climate, rate of oxidation and final install treatment sometimes allows it to 'stain' the adjacent horizontal surfaces (concrete, block, etc...

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Construction on Takoma Park House Progress 1

Construction on the Takoma Park House is moving along and should be done this summer. This project is such a delight to work on and I just can't wait to photograph the final product! We are working with the Design/Build team at J. Allan Smith from Maryland. Foundation The site of this addition slopes steeply away from the house so the basement didn't have to be dug out much at all. We are going with cast in place concrete for the basement. The concrete base will be painted black, but will provide some texture and create a "plinth" for the rest of the wood framed house. Out of the ground Fast forward a few weeks and the house has been framed! Below is a view of the back of the house. The bump out  will allow for a little extra space to stretch out. Soon the two-story bump will hold two built-in benches, one...

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