Frequently asked Questions
Why should you hire an Architect?
Few people realize how complicated it is to build - that is until they find themselves lost in the maze of design options, material options, building codes, zoning laws, contractors, and so on. No two building projects are exactly alike, so there is no single, clear-cut path to follow.
Architect is the one professional who has the extensive education, training, experience, and vision to guide you through the entire design and construction process, helping you define your wants or needs to design a build that gets you the most for your construction dollar.
Depietro Design Associates sees the big picture. We don't just design four walls and a roof – We design cohesive environments, interiors and exteriors, that satisfy the functional needs of the occupant while creating exciting, dynamic spaces with unique character in which to work and live.
Whether you are remodeling, adding on, or building from scratch, DePietro Design Associates can guide the way. Working along side contractors and other construction professionals, we help you end up with a well-designed project that meets your needs and works with your budget and time frame.
What can an Architect do for my project?
Most building projects start with wants and/ or needs. "I need more file space in my office." Or, "We've outgrown our house." But how does that need or want get translated into square feet and threedimensional space?
At DePietro Design Associates we are trained to solve problems in creative ways. With our broad knowledge of design and ever evolving construction science, we can show you alternatives and options you may never dream up on your own.
Need more room for your growing family (added bedrooms, bathrooms, mudrooms, playrooms, entry/ foyer, etc.)? DePietro Design Associates can show you how to enlarge and reconfigure your home so you don't have to move.
Not sure how fast your business is going to grow? DePietro Design Associates can design an office that meets your needs today and can be adapted for tomorrow.
Have a limited budget? DePietro Design Associates looks for ways to make your project cost effective yet retain the high standard of quality that we strive for on each and every project.
Is hiring an Architect the right choice?
Because energy-efficient buildings can save you money on energy bills down the road. DePietro Design Associates can design a building to utilize the surrounding environment as well as advanced building science to help reduce your heating, cooling, and electric bills over time.
Because we can help you select the appropriate materials and workmanship to help ,you stay within your budget. DePietro Design Associates develops the construction documents and specifications to help you get accurate bids for construction that are based on your design and the requirements and standards set forth in the plans.
Because DePietro Design Associates can help you choose materials and finishes that are durable, long lasting, maintenance free as well as beautiful, saving on frequent maintenance and replacement costs. We work to stay abreast of advances in the vast array of building products and technologies (Structural components, masonry, doors and windows, siding, roofing, flooring, heating and cooling, electrical, etc.). Our familiarity with the full range of materials enables us to suggest appropriate materials for your project.
Because Good Design Sells. A well-designed house has a higher resale value. A well-designed store draws customers. A well-designed work environment attracts employees and increases productivity.
Can an Architect make my life easier?
Let's face it, building is a long process that is often messy and disruptive, particularly if you are living or working in the space under construction. DePietro Design Associates looks out for your interests and tries to find ways to make that process go smoothly.
During the design/ construction process it will require you to spend a vast amount of your time making many decisions on subjects of which you may have little knowledge. This may pull you away from work, hobbies, important events, and family time. With DePietro Design Associates on your team, we will help guide you through those decisions, greatly reducing the amount of time you otherwise would have spent investigating and researching in order to make well-informed decisions.
If your project requires engineering or other design services, we handle it in house or can coordinate with a team of experts so you don't have to. We have the knowledge to sort out complex building codes and zoning laws. We help you find qualified construction contractors based on the scope and requirements of you project. We visit the construction site to verify that the project is being built according to the plans and specifications.
Working with our team at DePietro Design Associates can give you peace of mind knowing that we are your representative. We are here to guide you through the complex regulatory procedures to obtain building permits, assist you in contract negotiations with contractors, and oversee your project throughout the construction process, to completion, allowing you to carry on with normal life with less worry.