John J Gilchrist Architect Pc

John J Gilchrist Architect Pc


About this pro

3d modeling of all projects and BIMx, (building information modeling & export,) a free app that allows you to view the 3d model on your own pc, laptop or smart phone. Site engineering and most stuctural engineering is included.

Working with clients to arrive at a design that makes most sense for their circumstances. My clients are invited to sit with me as I build a virtual model of their project.

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Montvale, NJ 07645
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

For a typical home addition I like to visit the project site with the homeowner to introduce myself and and discuss their intentions. I like to get a copy of the property survey so I can check the zoning. If variances are required you should know before the design work begins.

I will prepare a written proposal outlining the project scope and my services and fees. If the proposal is acceptable, upon reciept of an initial payment I will do a thorough field measure and take photographs of the entire existing structure. Based upon this information I will create a digital model of the existing structure and do a preliminary design of the improvements. Then I will meet with the client to review my concept and work with them to refine the design. When a design is agreed upon I prepare working drawings suitable for submittal to the building department, bidding and constructing the project.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a Licensed Architect and Licensed Engineer in New Jersey and a Licensed Architect in New York.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

Fees will vary with the size and complexity of the project but will average about 5% of the construction cost.

How did you get started in this business?

My dad was an architect so I had an early start.  

q: "How long have you been an architect?"

a: "My whole life."

What types of customers have you worked with?

Homeowners, developers, builders, flippers, church committees, CEOs, nice people and crabby people.

Describe a recent project you are fond of.

I did a new medical office building in Ridgewood that turned out very well. 200 Broad Street.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Hire someone you are comfortable working with. Fees are important but the end result is more important.

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

I am always asked about re-sale. Customers are cautious of overbuilding for their neighborhood. I have no way of advising people on re-sale value. If the project is well thought out and makes sense it should add value. My advice is that unless you are a flipper the project should make sense for your family and your lifestyle and re-sale is something to deal with in the distant future. If you are a flipper then you know the market better than I do.

I am also asked about the real estate tax implications of the improvements. Again, I have no answer. The improvements will cause your assessment ot go up. If this is an improtant factor you should work it out with the tax assessor beforehand.

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