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  • Demolition Planning and Preparation

    Demolition Planning and Preparation

    If you have plans to renovate one of your buildings, and possibly add an extension, demolition will likely be involved. The demolition and site preparation stages are important milestones in the construction process. These stages will also be some of the first real action you will see on the building's site.

    Depending on how big or small the project will be, this stage can be completed in a few days. Although sometimes this stage can take longer and be a very intense process where multiple parties are working together to make sure your building and property are ready for the upcoming phases of construction.

    Full demolition can be completed quickly in some cases, and in general this work is delegated to a contractor. Partial demolition might take a little longer in the case that your building will need to be torn down in preparation for the extension. You will need to have tradespeople on your side who have an understanding of what you plan to build next, so the process can be as efficient and smooth-running as possible.

    You will likely also see other work being completed during this stage that is related to site preparation. This will typically depend on how your project is being progressed, and if any considerable work will be required before the foundation needs to be set. A good contractor is essential, as he or she will be on site every day to make sure the work is organized and sequenced correctly.

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  • Starting Large Projects With a Full Service Architectural Firm

    Starting Large Projects With a Full Service Architectural Firm

    Organizations that want to establish new buildings or update older ones often don't know where to begin.

    Getting a budget estimate for a project of any size can be challenging, especially in places like Manhattan. When it comes to putting these projects into practice, one should consider contacting a qualified full service architectural firm with experience putting together a team of professionals that can push your project in the right direction.

    Space planning is an important part of restoring old buildings and developing new ones. Circulation, or the way you navigate throughout the building, should be considered when making changes to the building’s interior design. It's also important to consider the building’s exterior, it’s immediate surroundings, well as it’s effect on the larger context of a city. Ultimately, these design considerations will influence how the building is perceived visually and help determine which elements should be maintained.

    A building's requirements might vary somewhat when it comes to its facilities, and the mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems may need to be modified or established. When a building owner or organization is planning to modernize an older building, they should prepare for the possibility that its fundamental framework might have some issues.

    A full service architectural firm can help to identify major building components and help pave the way towards meeting certain goals and objectives.

    Setting the right budget is often a struggle for building owners and organizations in this situation. They might assume that the project will be more expensive than they think, or they might underestimate the required costs. They might not be familiar with the materials that they will need either, as there are lots of documents to read and sign. However, the entire project will proceed as smoothly and effectively as possible when a full service architectural firm is involved.