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You can add a bathroom to an apartment in NYC if you have approval from your building management or Condo / CoOp Board. This will require hiring an architect and filing for permits with the Department of Buildings. In New York City adding a bathroom is filed as an...
What is a mezzanine? A mezzanine is an elevated space that is considered part of the story below. By code a mezzanine is not a story. A mezzanine will contribute to a building's floor area ratio for zoning purposes, as per New York City Zoning. Mezzanines in...
Building a wall in NYC requires a permit. This means you will need to hire an architect and file plans with the Department Of Buildings to get a permit before you can start construction. Building a wall in a building or house will typically be filed as an Alt 2 or...
We are currently in the process of building a new townhouse in Brooklyn. Below is a step by step account of the process. We will periodically be updating this blog post as the project develops. New Build Townhouse Purchasing The Property Our client (before he...
Micro Apartments are compact dwelling units typically one room in size under 400 square feet. These apartments have one open living and sleeping space with a kitchen and a full bathroom. Minimum Apartment Size NYC New York City does not have general...
Architectural Fee structure can come in many forms from hourly, percentage of construction, per square foot, or flat rates. Depending on the architect the architectural fees may have varying structures and these may also vary based on the project type. Different...
Density Factor is a zoning term for the maximum allowable number of residential units one can develop on a property. The allowable residential square footage of the building is divided by the density factor to determine the allowable number of units. These factors...
Floor Area Ratio (FAR) is a mathematical formula that determines how many square feet can be developed on a property in proportion to the lot area. The property area is multiplied by the FAR factor; with the result being the maximum floor area allowed for a building...
Architectural Real Time Design is a term we use for designing with a client present or on video conference using 3D Modeling software. Design changes can be made in real time and the client can see exactly what we are doing and make changes on the spot. Translating...
If you are purchasing a building with violations in New York City you must resolve and clear all violations. NYC building violations are serious business and need to be taken care of. You will not be held liable for penalties due on the building (if you recently...
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