People tend to underestimate the importance of using a local architect when building or even renovating their home in the Crested Butte. I always explain to buyers that using a local architect can make a huge difference. Not everyone believes me when I say this and sometimes buyers are tempted to go with a remote architect they know but aren’t familiar with the local area. Let me explain why using a local Crested Butte Architect is important.
Why You Should Use A Local Crested Butte Architect When Renovating A Home
Crested Butte and its surrounding areas have its fair share of beautiful older homes. Most of them just need a little updating. Sometimes these are small updates, and other times they need major remodel projects to create your dream home. However, renovating or remodeling older homes can come with complications. It’s important to check covenants, building codes, HOA design review guidelines, zoning and ordinances as well. A local architect will be more familiar with what’s architecturally allowed, or not – and will be able to give you accurate advice.
They will also be acquainted with local committees and can help your plans get approved. A competent architect will create conforming designs and shepherd the plans through all the aspects of the reviewal and approval process. If you decide to use an architect that doesn’t have much experience with these things, you could be looking at a much slower process and face some surprises when plans get modified, or turned down!
Using a Local Architect When Building Your Home
Many buyers forget how involved an architect can be in the home or homesite buying process. A good architect can give you input on the selection of your lot based on your criteria. They can also help you choose a lot that might be less expensive to build on. Flat lots are often less expensive than building on a slope that requires more foundation work, concrete and retaining walls.
Of course, they will also help you with the actual design of your home. Local architects will know a lot about the local area, rules, regulations, soil test history, and how climate in the mountains affects design. If you know a great architect but they aren’t used to building homes that can withstand Colorado winters this could create problems down the road. Unlike homes in hot climates where cooling a home can be very important, in the Crested Butte area you will want to efficiently capture the solar gain and use materials that hold in that heat.
Snow load and snow shed are important to the engineering and design of your home. Snow shedding in front of windows, exterior doors, onto driveways, and onto decks is not good. Having a place to “store” snow when it is pushed off driveways, walks, and decks is also critical to the design of your home. Unfortunately, there are many homeowners that are living with the inconvenience and extra expense of poor architectural design every winter.
Local architects will also know all of the good local builders, engineers, excavators, and interior designers who can build what they design and source quality local materials like reclaimed timber which can be important. For a lot of buyers, choosing a local architect is an afterthought but I have found it to be very important in the journey of realizing your Crested Butte dream home!
Local Crested Butte Architect Remote Architect Story
There is a house just up the street from my home that went through a bit of a challenging process after construction started. The owner hired an architect in his hometown of Portland. The plans were drawn up, a builder was hired, and the building permits were issued.
The excavators started digging and they poured the concrete foundation of the home. After the foundation was in place, the adjacent homeowner came to town and was surprised to see the new construction started. This was a surprise because the HOA’s Architectural Review Committee had never seen the plans for the home. This meant they had not given approval for the design.
The owner could have avoided all of the above issues and saved a lot of money by working closely with a local architect with local knowledge of the design criteria and the local process.
The Architectural Review Committee halted construction and started the review process. They rejected the plans! The adjacent neighbor’s view shed was going to be obstructed; there were issues with the building envelope, and the building height and the setbacks. The new design changed the home significantly, including a costly change to the foundation, but ultimately the home was built. The owner could have avoided all of the above issues and saved a lot of money by working closely with a local architect. With local knowledge of the design criteria and the local process.
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I hope this article has been helpful when deciding on using a local architect when it comes to building or updating your Crested Butte Home. I want to keep my clients up to date with all the information they will need when it comes to making their real estate sales go smoothly.
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