Modern Addition – With The Environment In Mind

LEAP designed this modern addition to completely transform this formerly run-of-the-mill house into something breathtaking. In addition to the clean lines and spaciousness, this home is energy efficient, uses recycled materials, and speaks to a client’s passions.

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The kitchen, before and after.

The kitchen, before and after.

Site Planning

When first meeting with the homeowner, a LEAP architect discovered an impressive back yard: brick pathways, planting beds with beautiful gardens, outbuildings with wooden patina, and a stone fire pit. So, instead of thinking about the addition in terms of expanding the existing house into the yard, the architect decided to expand the yard into the house.

Instead of expanding the house into the yard, we decided to expand the yard into the house.leap_architecture_residential_home_renovation-04

Environmentally Minded Modern Addition

The resulting design utilizes steel posts instead of the conventional concrete foundation. The construction is lifted from the ground similar to a deck, and all concrete was removed from the design.

Concrete is extremely resource-intensive, and contributes to a large carbon footprint of any construction project. By removing it, the architect saved tons of carbon from being produced, further contributing to the conservation of resources for this addition.

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Other environmental factors include the use of spray foam insulation that utilizes a water-based blowing agent: high R-value with less of a carbon footprint to install.

Design of the building’s geometry matters. All of the windows in the existing house were replaced with more efficient units, but are small and punched-through walls so daylight was at a minimum. The new design places glazing near the top, and allows the sun light to be reflected deep into the space reducing the amount of electricity needed for lights.

Read more about this addition’s before and after on our stories page.


LEAP Architecture

Businesses and families hire LEAP Architecture as their Commercial or Residential architect.

Whether in New York City or in Upstate from Hudson to Albany, in Saratoga or in the Adirondacks, a LEAP architect will help you develop creative design solutions.

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Updated Curb Appeal – Classical Concepts AVEDA Salon

The modern design fit-up showcases custom wooden lights and prominent colors from the sidewalk, enticing new customers with enhanced curb appeal.

 

Commercial Curb Appeal

The clients were impressed and astonished by the amount of traffic generated by passers-by enticed into the welcoming space. The secret: Mystique. The architect designed blue LED-lit panels deep within the space that can still be seen from the street and sidewalk, and turns heads.

High Design Draws Customers

 

Modern Architecture: Design Approach

The client goals for a high-end, luxurious environment were coupled with the desire to fit AVEDAs natural product line, so a sustainable modern design approach was a perfect solution. Customers experience a warm, environmentally-conscious space while getting massages, mud applications or hair and nail care with natural products.

 

From The Architect: Details

Color was an important branding element for AVEDA and Classical Concepts. The green cylinder encloses customers waiting in the massage area; wooden lanterns provide gentle light, and blue highlights behind translucent panels complement sleek fixtures and furniture.

*Project completed while working with Phinney Design Group

 

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Private Residence – Adirondack Architecture

Adirondack Architect

Green architecture and site integrated design create lovely home-making for a couple and frequent guests.

Contemporary Architecture: Design Details
The massing is playful while still adhering to traditional Adirondack style architecture.

The House

Modern interior amenities and innovative spatial layout make for a very inviting, open and exciting space that integrates well with the woodsy outdoors.

*Project completed while working with Phinney Design Group

Adirondack Architect

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Lake George Architect: Porch Addition – Modern Meets Traditional

Lake George Architect: Modern Addition to a Traditional New England Home

An architect for a Lake George property was called upon to help the homeowners take advantage of their waterfront views. The views within the existing space were clouded by mid-century closed-in design. Therefore, the new porch utilizes large, curving glass doors and folding glass walls integrated into a stone porch with radiant heating, supplemented by solar access.

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Modern Porch

Modern Architecture: Design Details

Modern building techniques and solar studies were used to ensure heat gain from the sun despite the tree-filled site. Structural integration and detailing were key so heavy snow drifts would not compromise the expansive glass units. The architect ensured the design would be sturdy to reduce deflection by heavy snow, to make sure the glass panels and doors would not be broken or rendered un-operable over time. This is a design built to last!

The House

Luxurious outdoor space taking full advantage of the Lake George views are the result of uncompromising quality and sound design.

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*Project completed while working with Phinney Design Group


LEAP Architecture

Businesses and families hire LEAP Architecture as their Residential or Commercial architect.

Whether in New York City or in Upstate from Hudson to Albany, in Saratoga or in the Adirondacks, a LEAP architect will help you develop creative design solutions.

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Fresh Update for Saratoga Springs Modern Addition

This Saratoga Springs Modern Addition  for a family of four provided an additional 1,000 square feet to accommodate a family room, dining room, garage, and bedroom with a master suite added onto their existing home. They found the modern architect they were looking for with LEAP.

LEAP Architect Designs Saratoga Springs Modern Addition

Net Zero Energy Strategies

This home, like many designed by LEAP, has the potential to achieve net-zero energy use. Net-zero energy designs produce as much or more than the energy they consume. NYSERDA has launched its Low-Rise Residential New Construction Program to encourage such buildings, both through financial incentives and technical assistance.

To learn more about how to achieve net-zero energy use, contact LEAP Architecture.

Modern Architecture: Design Details

The addition is a modern response to the clients desires for innovative materials and brighter spaces with a cohesive interior, while the exterior emphasizes a fresh presence in the neighborhood.

 

The House

An affordable solution that integrated green design, craftsmanship, modern design sensibilities, and innovative solutions exceeded client expectations.

 


LEAP Architecture

Businesses and families have hired LEAP Architects when looking for a Residential or Commercial architect.

Whether in New York City or in Upstate from Hudson to Albany, in Saratoga or in the Adirondacks, a LEAP architect will help you develop creative design solutions.

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Nature Center Design Envisioned

Embedded within a constructed wetland design, the center engages nature for its visitors with functional technology driven by natural processes.Constructed wetlands serve as part of the Nature Education Center’s living laboratory experience and are the primary waste water treatment system.

Nature Center Design

Energy Efficient Architecture, Natural Processes, and Simplicity

The plan is a simple form to reduce construction costs and maintain energy efficiency while its orientation maximizes solar gain. Complexity of the plan is evident in an gathering entry defined by the roof water cistern, support space and displays divided by a mass wall that reflects daylight, and the constructed wetland wastewater treatment laboratory that is present inside and out.

The architect uses daylight and natural ventilation to promote highly energy efficient buildings. The exterior faces south to gain light and heat from the sun whilst being protected from glare with louvers that are part of the siding system.

The exhibit and support spaces are divided by a mass wall to retain heat, and reflect daylight into the display areas.

 

Architecture by LEAP

Site design by Cardinal Direction Landscape Architecture, LLC


LEAP Architecture

Businesses and families have hired LEAP Architecture when looking for a Residential or Commercial architect.

Whether in New York City or in Upstate from Hudson to Albany, in Saratoga or in the Adirondacks, a LEAP architect will help you develop creative design solutions.

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Saratoga Architect Designs Modern Sustainable Home

LEAP Architecture is the Saratoga Architect for your next project. Check out this modern home in Saratoga, NY we designed using natural materials.

Saratoga Architect for Sustainable Design

Massing of this highly modern design highlights subtleties between varied materials refined into timeless relationships on a woodsy hilltop. Corrugated metal, white-washed cedar and painted fiber cement board clad the three boxes of the garage, public living space, and the private quarters bridging the house.

Saratoga Architect NY house by Albany, NY Architect

LEAP Architecture designed this sustainable home in Saratoga, NY.

Net-Zero Energy Strategies

This home, like many designed by LEAP, have the potential to achieve net-zero energy use. Net-zero energy designs produce as much or more than the energy they consume.

NYSERDA has launched its Low-Rise Residential New Construction Program to encourage such buildings, both through financial incentives and technical assistance. To speak with an architect about how to achieve net-zero energy use, contact us at 518.669.9435 or [email protected].

 

Modern Architecture: Design Details

The owners delight in high design at an affordable price, and were open to experimentation with materials carefully detailed and located to emphasize a warm, nurturing modernism.

 

The House Plan

The easy floor plan is an innovative example of space efficiency and creates alluring passages throughout the home. Cultural expressions of the owners’ Japanese backgrounds are presented in formal entryway accented with natural elements, a sunken foyer, a bathing area separate from a simple powder room, and reminders and hints of the site elements that give the house a place in the environment.

 

*Project completed while working with Taber Studio

 


LEAP Architecture

Businesses and families hire LEAP Architecture when looking for a Residential or Commercial architect.

Whether in New York City or in Upstate from Hudson to Albany, in Saratoga or in the Adirondacks, a LEAP architect will help you develop creative design solutions.

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Corporate Office Architect Designs GE Battery Plant in Schenectady, NY

GE required a corporate office architect to re-purposed manufacturing space into a new, highly functional office. LEAP Architecture created the design.

Corporate Office Architect: Innovative design help grow businesses, both large and small.

GE (General Electric) needed ideas for their new battery plant office and administration spaces in Schenectady, NY, and LEAP’s architect designed office space layouts and geometry based on programming and site analysis. As a consultant to MOSAIC Associates, a LEAP architect helped GE determine how to best re-purpose an existing facility on their Schenectady campus.

The result is a responsive design utilizing and new atrium and various shading devices to temper daylight in work areas, and double as the backdrop to a dramatic atrium space. Various office functions needed by GE (project rooms, break-out conference “war” spaces, workstations, docking areas, and presentation and support areas) are sheltered behind various screens of densities determined by programmatic needs. Thus, a dramatic atrium entry was created as an impressive public space that doubled as a very functional design that filters and reflects daylight in the office spaces beyond.

 


 

LEAP Architecture

Businesses and families hire LEAP Architecture when looking for a Residential or Commercial architect.

From New York City to Upstate, in Saratoga to the Adirondacks, LEAP Architecture will help you develop creative design solutions.

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Design Process – What Does an Architect Do?

What does an architect do? What value does an architect bring to projects? Below we go in depth about our design process. 

Business owners and homeowners gain value in dollars and quality when working with an architect.

 

Here’s How.

At LEAP, we use design phases to develop a successful project. In order to build a successful project, the design process is divided into phases to ensure smart decisions. These include:

1. Programming

2. Concept  Design

3. Schematic Design

4. Design Development

5. Construction Documents

6. Construction Administration

7. Project Close-Out

 

A LEAP architect enhances families’ lifestyles, helps businesses increase profits, provides energy efficient designs, and designs healthy spaces for people.


1) Programming by an Architect

Construction is expensive, and we make sure dollars are spent in the right places. So, in programming, needs are identified and prioritized. We use spreadsheets, diagrams, interviews, and sample projects in order to generate documents that become the foundation for the design.

 

Tools of LEAP Architects for the Design Process

Programming: Tools that LEAP architects use include spreadsheets, diagrams, interviews, and sample projects in order to generate documents that become the foundation for the design.

 

 

How can architects help businesses grow?

Example:

A client was relocating their salon to a location with much more foot traffic compared to their previous address. A LEAP architect helped them to identify their priorities. It was noted during programming to capitalize on the new location by increasing the number of people to come into the establishment from the sidewalk (typically, salons generate income through appointments with clients – however, this owner wanted to improve product sales).

Solution:

Mystique. The design of the interior space was developed to entice people inside. How? Seen through the glass entry, lighted panels of bright blue are deep within a warm, enticing space. As people walk by, there attention is grabbed by their curiosity and, like magic, the salon’s foot traffic increased four-fold.

Storefront space utilized large graphics to help viewers at a distance or within cars understand services offered, but the interior design combined the colored panels with good lighting, complimentary materials, and combined them with a calculated walking path to ensure customers had a curated experience.

 

Storefront space utilized large graphics to help viewers at a distance or within cars understand services offered, but the interior design combined the colored panels with good lighting, complimentary materials, and combined them with a calculated walking path to ensure customers had a curated experience.

Storefront space utilized large graphics to help viewers at a distance or within cars understand services offered, but the interior design combined the colored panels with good lighting, complimentary materials, and combined them with a calculated walking path to ensure customers had a curated experience.

 

 


2) Concept  Design Process

Prior to drafting plans, sketch concepts are developed to quickly explore how the owner’s and business operations’ daily rituals can be enhanced by site analysis, spatial adjacencies, circulation, and square foot analysis for preliminary cost estimating so the design is on the right track to meet budget requirements.

This image is a sketch concept design produced for an entrepreneur who contacted LEAP to help develop a coffee shop / incubator space out of shipping containers.LEAP-Architecture-Modern-Contemporary-Addition-04-v2

 


3) Schematic Design Process

When designing an addition, a new building, or an interior space, 3D modeling is used at LEAP to help visualize how the concepts explored can be a constructible object, and explore ways to add value by increasing energy efficiency with proper window locations, shading, and over-all geometry design.

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In Schematic Design, we explore options in three dimensional computer models, and make decisions informed by budget and aesthetics, and also present cost-benefit analyses of mechanical systems versus insulation costs.

 

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4) Design Development

Once a schematic design is selected, then materials, systems, equipment and fixtures can be designed and located. For example, in Schematic Design we may not know what the siding material is, or what the interior flooring will be; but in Design Development selections for all the products and materials used for construction will be selected with a set budget and allowances to help track the final construction costs. Also, structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and site engineering are coordinated. Schedules and details are developed to show the make and models of all lighting fixtures, plumbing fixtures, appliances, finishes, door and window specifications, hardware and other design requirements needed for contractor pricing and a cohesive design

 

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As the design is developed, a LEAP architect will be able to help clients visualize the final design.

 

 

 

 


5) Construction Documents

Drawings are now developed to show details and assemblies coming together to inform contractors about how to build the design.

 

The final design documents benefit the Owner since the contractor is bound to follow this “set of instructions”.

Clients know what they’re getting, and builders understand the expectations.

 

 

 


6) Construction Administration

Architects need to be involved not only in the design process, but during construction to answer questions from the contractors, be available for unforeseen conditions (especially in existing buildings), review shop drawings for structural systems, review quotes from vendors, and visit the site to ensure the building is being constructed to meet specifications.

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7) Project Close-Out

An architect will create “punch-lists” to ensure project completion by the contractors, submit a letter of completion to the local municipality for the final Certificate of Occupancy, and also document the final construction.

Along with the design process, the architect also helps clients procure zoning and building permits, assists owners in bidding to contractors, develops budgets with implementation schedules, and stands in the owner’s corner to assist with questions during the entire process through construction.

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Questions about your next design project? Contact Eric.

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LEAP: A New York City Architect In Upstate NY

Looking for the high design that comes with a New York City architect?

 

Get the Value of a New York City Architect with Upstate NY Rates

High-Caliber Design from Upstate NY

 

 

LEAP’s architects have years of experience designing in New York City. The apartment renovation pictured here is a great example of how existing spaces can be transformed to be otherworldly experiences, escapes into peaceful abodes.

LEAP Architecture provides metropolitan design to the Capital Region: clients in the Albany, NY area who hire LEAP receive high-design at affordable rates.

LEAP’s architect that designed the project pictured in this article has the experience of designing in Manhattan as well as in New Jersey, Connecticut and Vermont, and understands how to provide uncluttered designs so that people can be restful in their homes. Modern materials, their details and form provide a clean, uncluttered space for today’s New York City lifestyles.

The project is shown still under construction, with completed photos to come soon. Stay tuned!

 

Before and After: Albany Architect Designs in New York City

New York City Architect Before and After: NYC Apartment Kitchen

Before and After: NYC Apartment Kitchen

 

Before and After: New York City Bathroom 

New York City Architect Apartment Renovation

Before and After: New York City Apartment (Bathroom)


 

Design Matters: A New York City Architect Layout And Interior Design is Accentuated

New York City Architect Bathroom

Modern Bathroom Design by Architect and Interior Designers

 

LEAP’s architect designed the layout of this space, and worked with a great interior design team (McGrathII) on built-ins, custom fabrication, coordination of existing utilities and material and fixture selections – this will be an amazing space once complete!

 

CONSTRUCTION

Ken Lee, of Habiterra, LLC, renovated the apartment and provided full services for mechanical design, electrical and plumbing installation, millwork builds, and provided a great finished project.

~ Eric Davenport, AIA, CPHC

 

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.leaparchitecture.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/eric_davenport-blog-profile.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Eric Davenport, a native Up-State New Yorker, began LEAP Architecture in 2003 at age 23 while designing projects for Haitian education efforts and working to achieve efficient agricultural-based solutions for Haitian families. Eric’s projects in New York include both commercial and residential architecture specializing in energy efficient and net-zero buildings.

Questions about your next design project? Contact Eric.

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