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Permit For Building A Wall NYC

Permit For Building A Wall NYC

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...

Building A Townhouse In NYC

Building A Townhouse In NYC

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...

Architectural Fees

Architectural Fees

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 / Dwelling Unit Factor

Density Factor / Dwelling Unit Factor

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 Zoning Calculations

Floor Area Ratio FAR Zoning Calculations

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

Architectural Real Time Design

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...

Purchasing A Building With Violations NYC

Purchasing A Building With Violations NYC

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...