Albany, NY Architects Design Row House Renovations

If you need an architect in Albany, NY, Troy, NY or Schenectady, NY

Call 518.669.9435 or find us at LEAP Architecture.


 

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From the Architect: Experience Matters

We have years of experience with renovations, reconstruction, new construction and additions. See below for on-going examples of Row Houses and Apartment buildings we are helping contractors, developers, and homeowners to renovate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Process

The process can be quick and simple. A LEAP architect will help you develop plan options to best suit the existing conditions with sketches that are fast to produce:

 

Albany Architect Designs Row House Plans

Sketch Plan Options are Quick and Easy to Produce.

Albany Architect Row House Level 2

Sketch Plans help the design meet the budget without high Architect’s fees.

 

An Architect will Coordinate the Trades

Once a concept plan is selected, then development of the space and coordination with structure, mechanical, electrical and plumbing can be designed ahead of time or design-built in the field.

 

 

Working with a LEAP Architect Helps You Generate Income

When looking for Albany, NY architects, be sure to reach out to LEAP Architecture. Upgrades and renovations are great updates in order to increase rent, address any previous construction issues, and improve energy efficiency with better lighting, insulation, and air sealing.

 

Also, read more about how to creatively reduce construction costs: Common materials used in creative designs

 

Albany Architect Alterations

 

After Albany Architect Renovation

Snapshot: Before

 

 

 

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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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Architect Saves Clients Money: Common Materials Used In Creative Designs

Learn how a LEAP Architect saves clients construction dollars with creative design solutions. Picture above: Additional living space helps a husband, wife and their two children with more room for their growing family.

 

The husband designed some ideas with a Sketch-Up model, but they were not sure about what steps to take next.

 

When the family came to LEAP, the architect helped them prioritize their goals and then designed a living space to meet their needs, but with some extra bonuses. Read below to learn what these “extras” are, and get more insights into creative solutions provided by LEAP in other projects.


 

Architect Designs Creative, Affordable Construction

 

Concrete Floors

The clients for this addition in Saratoga Springs, NY had a tight budget and were not sure how to spend their money wisely.

 

So, the architect used the LEAP Method to achieve their goals.

Solution: Concrete Floors

The floors in this Saratoga Springs addition were made of concrete. Why?

Research during the LEAP Method for this project showed it was less expensive to pour slab on grade construction rather than wood frame a crawl space.

So, LEAP architects added a whitener to the concrete mix, and hand-selected the aggregate so that when ground and polished, the concrete floor is one of the main features of a warm and cozy living space.

 

Here’s a bonus:

The clients of this modern addition in Saratoga Springs, NY have a noteworthy vinyl collection, and the desire for uncluttered space. The photo below shows floor-to-ceiling fabric wrapped over wood frames, on bi-passing sliding door tracks. The fabric is speaker cloth, so when the stereo system is hidden with the rest of the books and items on the shelves, the turn-table plays unmuffled, and clear as if it were out in the open.

 

 Clean modern architect design

 

LEAP Architects Use Low-Cost Materials in Chic Designs

Agricultural bi-products (straw, saw dust, wood chips, stems) make up this pressboard in the gallery pictured here.

Pressboard in the gallery

Pressboard in the gallery

 

Clean, green and modern at an affordable price

Inexpensive, durable, and clear-coated with a sealer allows the space to be clean, green and modern at an affordable price.

 

Architects Help You Make Money-Saving Decisions

LEAP architects design to a budget, and siding systems, like traditional clapboard, can be labor intensive. But there are alternatives….

 

Modern Addition

Modern Addition

 

This modern Saratoga Springs addition utilized panels, cut to fit, which resulted in much less labor (less cost) and a quicker protective finish system than other more traditional siding applications.

 

Affordable Modern Living

Corner windows and floor-to-ceiling glass are trademarks of architects modern designs. However, they do not have to be budget killers.

Modern floor-to-ceiling glass

Modern floor-to-ceiling glass

 

The glass corner shown here is achieved with common fiberglass sliding door units, installed next to each other to help open the dining area to the deck outside.

Fiberglass doors and windows are less expensive than their wood and clad counterparts, and are much more energy efficient to boot.

 

LEAP Architects Help You Enhance Your Quality of Life

While Maintaining Your Budget

This amazing kitchen was designed with Ikea cabinets, renowned for their inexpensive but modern design.

Affordable built-in feel

Affordable built-in feel

 

Along with the cabinets, LEAP designed the surrounds and island out of panels that are finished with the same material as the cabinet faces, for an affordable built-in feel. The counter and backsplash are not marble, but rather a resin poured to perform in kitchen environments at about a third of the cost of stone. This kitchen looks like a $50K effort; but all in all, the materials were only $12K. (excluding appliances and fixtures).

~ 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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Passive House: High Performance Construction Standards in the US

Passive House Design [founded in the US, then developed in Germany as Passivhaus] is different than passive solar design since insulation and heat exchangers are utilized while solar energy plays a lesser role.

Passive House Design: Introduction and History

In the United States, passive house design standards dictate space heating energy of 1 BTU per square foot (11 kJ/m²) per heating degree day which equates to 75-95% less energy for space heating and cooling than current new buildings that meet today’s US energy efficiency codes. [1] Typical strategies implemented to achieve the standard include well insulated envelopes coupled with air barriers, air sealing, and the use of heat exchangers to recirculate indoor air. Other considerations include: passive solar design, landscape design, advanced window technology, airtightness, ventilation, space heating from internal heat sources such as equipment and people, lighting and appliance efficiency.

 

 

Modern sustainable architect in Albany designs Saratoga, NY home

Passive Building Attributes

Advantages of passive buildings include fresh, clean air, homogeneous interior temperature, slow temperature changes, and low energy loads that support renewable energy sources. Passive buildings could be up to 14% more expensive upfront than conventional buildings. [2] However, when designed to balance budgets, the mechanical system costs and alternative energy system costs are reduced. These reductions in system costs off-set the money spent on better insulation, windows and doors. And, owners get the payback dollars for insulation, windows and doors permanently in the building, as opposed to spending money on replacing mechanical and alternative energy systems 13-15 years down the road (just as they started getting pay-back!).

 

Passive House Design Process

Buildings can be certified as Passive with the help of a CPHC (Certified Passive House Consultant) via the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) or Passive House Academy US (PHAUS). Both residential and commercial buildings utilize the Passive House model.

 

Passive House Architect - Elevation

Passive Building: Principals

Passive building comprises a set of design principles used to attain a quantifiable and rigorous level of energy efficiency within a specific quantifiable comfort level. “Maximize your gains, minimize your losses” summarize the approach. To that end, a passive building is designed and built in accordance with these five building-science principles:

  • It employs continuous insulation through its entire envelope without any thermal bridging.
  • The building envelope is extremely airtight, preventing infiltration of outside air and loss of conditioned air.
  • It employs high-performance windows and doors
  • It uses some form of balanced heat- and moisture-recovery ventilation and uses a minimal space conditioning system.
  • Solar gain is managed to exploit the sun’s energy for heating purposes and to minimize it in cooling seasons.

Passive building principles can be applied to all building typologies, from single-family homes to apartment buildings to multi-story offices and skyscrapers.

 

Passive House - Largest

The building for Cornell Tech’s new campus on New York’s Roosevelt Island by Handel Architects, will be the largest Passive Building in the world.

 

Passive Building Benefits

Passive buildings offer tremendous long -term benefits in addition to energy efficiency:

  • High levels of insulation and airtight construction provide unmatched comfort even in extreme conditions.
  • Continuous mechanical ventilation of fresh filtered air assures superb air quality.
  • A comprehensive systems approach to modeling, design and construction produces extremely resilient buildings.
  • Passive building is the best path to Net Zero and Net Positive buildings because it minimizes the load that renewable energy sources are required to provide. [3]

Click here to watch a 90-second video explaining the “Passive House”

[1] Waldsee BioHaus architect, Stephan Tanner

[2] “Passivhäuser im Bau bis zu 14% teurer”. Franz Alt. Retrieved 2009-06-05.

[3] www.phius.org/what-is-passive-building-/the-principles

 


 

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Affordable Modern Bathroom Design

Affordable Modern Bathroom Design is possible using common materials in creative ways.

Eric Davenport finds inspiration everywhere, and a trip to the hardware store is no exception. Here we show you 3 examples of Affordable Modern Bathroom Design using run-of-the-mill materials, that’s anything but ordinary.

Here’s a great reason to work with an Architect: 

Every Dollar Spent in Design Saves $10 in Construction

 

1. Soft Warmth

LEAP-Architecture, Affordable Modern-Bathroom-Design

Modern Bathroom Design — Acrylic, Masonite and Plywood.

This powder room has masonite (you know those press-boards with holes in them for hanging tools over workbenches?) on the walls, with an acrylic laminated to a plywood vanity. The acrylic has a white back to reflect light back through the material, giving it a glowing depth while the masonite helps enclose the room in soft warmth. The acrylic, masonite and plywood vanity are inexpensive materials that help save on construction costs: no tile or grout, no complicated millwork, no expensive hardware, and all with a modern feel that sets this experience apart from other rooms in the house.

 

 

2. So Fresh and So Clean, Clean

Durability and easy-cleaning was the goal, Affordable Modern Bathroom Design

Kids Bathroom -Bright, Durable and Easy to Clean.

This kids’ bathroom has plain white tile from the local hardware store which is used to wrap the vanity, the tub alcove, and the walls all the way to the ceiling.

The mirror is cut flush to the tile joints, and industrial light fixtures finish off the room with a little flair.

Durability and easy-cleaning was the goal, and the affordable price tag of the materials made this design exercise possible – and really fun!

 

 

 

3. ECO-Shiek

Bathroom Vanity, Affordable Modern Bathroom Design

Beautiful, affordable bathroom vanity made from…plywood!

This bathroom vanity is beautifully crafted, designed with thought, and also — ready? — made of plywood. A birch veneer with a sealer has stood up to the moisture and wetness of a bathroom environment for more than five years now (and is still going strong)!

The material costs for the wood, hardware, and sealer were less than $200.

 

 

Questions about your next design project? Contact Eric.

 

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Albany Architect Designs Grist Mill Renovation

A LEAP Architect is helped a couple renovate an existing grist mill (formerly transformed into a residence) to include a master bedroom suite. This Grist Mill Renovation was an exercise in combining modern amenity with rustic design.  

 

New Design Brings Life Back to this Old Mill

The Grist Mill

The Grist Mill

Many existing features of the original mill exist throughout the home, like this grinding stone making its new home inlaid into the pavers of the patio. The architect usually designs with the intent to enhance existing features of buildings, adding value to what the owners already have.

Original Grinding Stone

Original Grinding Stone

The existing timber frame is throughout the home, and our next design moves will help compliment the amazing wood look and feel!

Existing Timber Frame

Existing Timber Frame

How to compliment the existing mill features?

Existing barn with old timbers and wood

Existing barn with old timbers and lumber

On the property is a barn filled with old timbers and lumber.

We spent a Sunday afternoon white-washing some samples of the lumber and will use it to clad the new interior design.

White-washed samples

White-washed samples

Selecting the right stain, and the right amount of coats is key!

Some of the results we have gotten from the old lumber is truly beautiful, and will compliment the existing interiors with its warmth and ability to reflect daylight.

When designed well, sustainability can be worked into projects in the form of recycled materials.

Salvaged wood

Salvaged wood

In this case, the salvaged wood will compliment the current structure, while providing a fresh modern warmth.
A master bedroom suite will be part of the renovation of the existing building.

The white washed, salvaged wood will be used to wrap the vanity + desk island, and also be selectively installed on walls at the entry to the space.

More information will be posted as the project progresses! We’ve finished most of the design work, and will be bidding the project to contractors very soon. Stay tuned.

 

[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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Luxury Home Renovation on Long Island Sound

The design for a luxury home renovation and addition for a mid-century American-Mediterranean house on Long Island Sound transitions into spaces between Traditional and Modern architecture. 

Renovation of a Greenwich CT Home on Long Island Sound

Modern Architecture: Design Details

The existing house was fully gutted and outfitted with a newly designed aesthetic enhanced by amenities such as high-end finishes and millwork, whole-house integrated lighting, security, and Audio/Visual systems, along with complimentary interiors by Drake Design Associates with the landscape design by Janice Parker.

 

The House – Luxury Home Renovation in Action

Modern insertions designed into a traditional architectural style results in a cohesive, luxurious living space in the existing house, while a new guest wing comprises the addition, which includes a garage, pool house, fitness room, living space, kitchen and two bedroom/bathroom suites.

*Project completed while working with Taber Studio


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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Play Park Pavilions – Nature Concept in Architecture

Nature Concept in Architecture: Play Park

The Hudson Crossing Park celebrates New York’s Erie Canal heritage and is a recreational space that inspires adults and children to gather and play. The Park and Pavilions exhibit a nature concept in architecture approach.

Glulam Sustainable Naturla materials

Glulam Pavilions – A Natural Choice

Originally conceived by Marlene and Alan Bissal to help support a capital campaign for a future Environmental Education Center, the Hudson Crossing Play Park promotes the environmental education of children and families through the park’s programs and also its construction.

All of the materials used are natural, from the earth, and were pieced together to form a labyrinth, a boat-shaped play deck, gardens, paths and pavilions. The pavilions designed by Eric Davenport and Andrew Allison are made of glulam materials: Glulams are conventional 2x lumber, glued together to form beams that result in a timber look and feel without sacrificing old growth forests for true timber materials. Also, glulams give designers the ability to shape them, like in the pavilions pictured below.

Natural Materials Glulam Pavilion

Two Pavilions were designed and built: on overlook pavilion (above and below) that evokes a bird-like animistic form. This pavilion serves as a beacon for boats coming up the Hudson and portions of the Erie Canal and marks the Hudson Crossing location. The Park is an important gateway to historic areas of Saratoga.

Natural Materials Glulam Pavilion

 

The Pavilion below, also made of natural materials and glulams, shelters the picnic area and is a place of gathering for groups. The Nature Concept in Architecture approach shows up in this larger pavilion: it’s animistic forms give children the impression of a dinosaur spine, a lumbering tortoise, or a bird’s flapping wings.

 

Albany Architect Designs Pavilions for Play Park

Albany Architect Designs Pavilions for Play Park

 

Saratoga Play Park - Kids Build

Children help install pavers for the Paths through the garden

Natural Materials

 


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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Pavilion designs by Eric Davenport of LEAP Architecture and Andrew Allison of AJA Architecture and Planning, completed while employed by the Phinney Design Group.

Site design by Cardinal Direction Landscape Architecture, LLC

www.cardinaldirection.net

 


 

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