I provide architectural services, were I work with you and your home to figure out what makes sense to do to make your home bigger or work better and feel better. I can tell you what you can do for your budget, and what the code will allow you to do. I love to design spaces that work really well, feel great and look wonderful. Please go to my website www.LippincottArchitects.com to see some of my work or, I can show you some things I've done that are similar to what you want to do.
I have been designing residential additions in the DC area for over 30 years and am a Registered Architect in the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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I work with you to design your renovatoin or addition, then I draw it for permit and construction, and finally I work with you (the Owner), and the builder, as a team to get the best possible result.
Typically, first I need to draw your existing house, or the piece we will be working on, then design several solutions that get the right spaces in the right places with the relationships and qualities you want. Then we mature the design, detailing and making structural, mechanical and electrical decisions, as well as selecting finishes and further defining the scope of work. Then we draw the work for permit and building. We chose a builder and during construction I act as your eyes and ears to make sure that what is drawn is what is built.
I have a Master's Degree in Architecture and passed the Architectural Registratoin Examination in 1986, and am a member of the American Insitute of Architects. I worked in 3 firms until I created my own firm in 1990.
I worked construction for several years and renovated a 1930's home before graduate school. I grew up in a house designed by my father and have always seen the world spacially and with a love for buildings.
Typically my fee is 10-13% of the construction cost depending on the size of the project, or hourly at $195/hr until the scope of work is defined and we can agree on a fixed fee for a specific scope of work. My fee for Construction Administration or my services during constuciotn is typically hourly or an agreed fixed fee.
I knew I wanted to be an architect since I was a kid. I loved working constuction, buiding additions and renovations and was thoroughally in love with desiging houses after seeing Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water. And I have been totally hooked when I saw how I could transform a space into inviting, engaging and connected as well as graceful and elegant.
Typically my residential clients are trapped in spaces that are too small, dark or badly laid out, isolated and often crowded. They understand that with the high cost of building in this area, it doesn't make sense to build space that doesn't work well or feel great.
Shortly after the project finished, my client called me from her new Family Room, and, through tears, said that I had designed exactly the space she imagined and wanted, and was so happy. Her joy and intense feelings were so overwhelming and rewarding, I will never forget that moment.
Look for an architect who listens to you. This isn't about him/her, it is about you. Also, your architect should have expereince doing exactly what you want. That said, you do want an architect who can see beyond your understandings and brings you along as you investigate new possibilities.
Most importantly, look for an archiect who is careful with your money. Designing something you can't afford serves no one, and leads nowhere good. I also think your architect needs to partner you through this complicated, long and costly process, so you end up with good feelings as well as a great space.
What qualities, realtionships and feelings do I want from my new space?. An example answer is " I want my kitchen to feel light and airy, welcoming to friends, and connected/open to the Family room so I can not only be part of the action in the house, but also be able to see my child doing their homework."
And really think about priorities; what's most important? this process is all about making choices.