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  • Facade Design for Historic Buildings: The Details Tell a Story

    Facade Design for Historic Buildings: The Details Tell a Story

    When one takes the time to step back to actually study the details of a historical building's appearance, they will discover that there are clues as to what purpose the building played in the community. 

    Through the years, styles and designs have evolved to meet the demands of the time. In cities, towns and villages, throughout our nation, industry, agriculture and diversity of regions inspired the designs of buildings.                   

    The details in these structures, whether they are tall, fluted columns, a Flemish bond brick pattern, intricate corbels or the simple lines of a Federal style home, dictate a particular design and/or the wealth of the owner.

    In times past, local craftsmen helped to build the framework for their communities in order to help with the growth and needs of their neighbors. Today, when planning a facade design for historic buildings, it's important for both the architect and the client to realize the purpose of the structure, to honor its historical value and to find ways to update its use without compromising its integrity. There are many ways in which this happens, whether by using original materials or techniques or by replicating certain features, to achieve the timeless appeal of historic buildings.

    Here, at Scott Henson Architect, we act as today's local craftsmen in that we have the knowledge and experience to breathe life back into your historic buildings. If there is a project that you are thinking of taking on or have any questions regarding a historic building, please contact us .

    Historic buildings are an important part of our historical landscape and it is imperative that we do justice to their designs and use.

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  • Ignoring Building Envelope Repair Can Cost You

    Ignoring Building Envelope Repair Can Cost You

    If you have experienced leaks, mold, or excess dust in your building, you may need building envelope repair.  

    The building envelope is what protects the interior space from the elements and includes the building's roof, walls, windows, doors, and foundation. This outer shell protects a building's interior from water damage and outside air.

    Water leaking through a building envelope can cause expensive and dangerous damage. For instance, if water leaks through the roof or gets trapped in a wall, the standing water can rot the building's support beams and endanger their structural integrity. Wood rot can allow mold to grow, which in turn can aggravate allergies and smell bad.

    When air flow from outside is not controlled by the building envelope, the result is higher heating and cooling costs, as well as potential damage from dust and dirt. Variations in interior temperature can exacerbate water damage as well. For example, if the building's air conditioning system isn't able to keep the air cool and dry, mold may grow more quickly.

    Signs that you may need building envelope repair:

    • Leaks
    • Water stains or damage
    • Groaning, spongy floors
    • Moldy or musty odor
    • Peeling wallpaper or paint

    The longer you ignore the signs, the more you will pay for repairs.

    We specialize in restoration and repair of New York City building envelopes. Because this work is most often completed while a building is occupied and open for business, it's important to work with a contractor that is sensitive to your needs. We work with building owners to complete these important repairs without disrupting day-to-day operations, either during off-hours or on an accelerated schedule.

    Contact us to schedule a consultation.

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