DIY Architectural w/ KT+A was set up as a connection between DIY Architectural and KT+A Architects as a full service, residential architectural firm. Under this option the client would hire DIY w/ KT+A to come out to the site to take field measurements and photographs to document the existing conditions. DIY w/ KT+A would then draw the existing and proposed designs and meet with the client via internet meetings and/or on site for critiques during the design process. DIY w/ KT+A will confirm with their local Building Department, Planning Department and HOA(Home Owner's Association) that their project complies with their requirements and restrictions. If the project is under an HOA, DIY w/ KT+A will implement their requirements and get their approval before submitting to the Building Department.
Once the agencies approve the project conceptually, either the client or a local contractor can run basic budget numbers before going into construction documents. DIY w/ KT+A will then do the construction documents based on the designs, use a local engineer to do any required engineering and also prepare the Title 24 calculations for the project submittal. DIY w/ KT+A will submit the project to the Building Department, or a permit expeditor can be utilized to do the submittal for us. Once the project is approved, DIY w/ KT+A is here to assist the client with any questions and to give architectural guidance during the construction process.
This option is for the busy client who wants to be able to interact through the internet with meetings because their time is limited. On the other hand, this option is also for someone who would like DIY w/ KT+A to handle the whole process of measuring their home, creating design drawings, generating construction documents and obtaining the permit, but still wants to be an active part of the design process.
The permit process in some jurisdictions can be complicated and time consuming, but is a crucial part of your home's value. When doing DIY home improvements it is important that you always obtain the appropriate permits that are required and get them finalized through the inspection process to keep a clean title on your property. A very important note: if you, the do-it-yourselfer or a contractor, does the remodel or addition per the current code but does not obtain a permit from the governmental agency, the project does not fall under the agency's grandfather clause. When you sell or refinance your home, or get into the unfortunate situation where you get caught, your project will have to be permitted under the current code. Any changes the code has gone through, you will have to update and this is not a cost effective way to build. Your Building Department is there to help you and give you guidance through the process. This is used as a form of checks and balances for the industry. DIY always recommends a permit for home improvements. Check with your local agencies to confirm when one is required.
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