If you want to add to your existing structure, Tom will work with you to create the space you want while making sure that the addition follows the lines, overall flow, and form of your existing house. Tom believes that the best additions usually complement and blend into the existing structure as if they were a part of the original building.
A project type that’s becoming more popular is modifying a house to accommodate multiple generations. People raising families today have been called the “sandwich generation.” Many families are raising their children while also taking care of their parents. Tom can help modify your home to accommodate three generations living under one roof. Strategies include adding a first-floor bedroom, first-floor laundry room, a separate private entrance for the grandparents . . . there are so many unique solutions. Tom will create a custom plan that works best for you and your family.
Like additions and new homes, renovations come in many shapes and sizes. The difference is that the work is kept within the confines of the original structure. Sometimes the zoning of a property won’t allow an addition to be built, and sometimes it just makes more sense to improve how an existing space functions. Renovation is often the most cost-effective solution since earthwork, foundations, exterior walls, and roofs are typically not involved. Simply opening up spaces and reconfiguring traffic flow is a popular renovation that can really add value to a home and improve the quality of living.
A common project is the kitchen renovation. Oftentimes bearing walls and soffits need to be removed, plumbing, ductwork, and electric rerouted, window openings created and doorways moved to accomplish the homeowner’s goals. Tom has helped many people acquire their dream kitchen. Depending on the complexity of the project, sometimes Tom will utilize kitchen designers to refine the details of the space such as helping you select the perfect appliances, fixtures, hardware, cabinets, and countertops.
Basement renovations are a great way to add living space to your house to fit a growing family or changes in your lifestyle without having to do major construction.
New homes are very exciting projects for the homeowner and the architect. Tom encourages his clients to make a list of everything they want in their dream home. He suggests collecting pictures and keeping notes of the features and any special details you would love to have in your new home.
Site analysis—including survey, site drainage, zoning issues, etc.—is very important, and needs to happen first. Tom is very experienced with this and has a stable of trusted consultants to turn to when needed. After the best way to address the site is determined, Tom will work closely with you to design your new home. Tom feels very strongly that the client should have as much say as they want in the design of the house. He’ll definitely point out things that don’t work, or provide solutions that work better. His ideas will be incorporated, but it’s a better, more satisfying project if everyone is involved.
When the reality of building and paying for the project comes in, Tom will guide you through the process of contractor selection, cost estimating, and smart adjustments to the scope or design (if necessary) to reach an affordable, attainable solution
Cincinnati is a city rich with pockets of beautiful, old neighborhoods and a variety of architectural styles. Tom has experience working with the city’s Historic Conservation Office and various municipalities’ architectural review boards to ensure that his clients can get the approval and/or variances needed to renovate or add on to their historic home. Tom has had designs approved in a variety of Cincinnati’s Historic Districts, as well as several communities with their own historic regulations. No matter where the project is, his excellent research and preparation keep the homeowners informed and gives them a realistic expectation of what will be approved by the local planning board.