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Support us for the 2013 CANstruction Competition this November

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in News and Notes | Comments Off on Support us for the 2013 CANstruction Competition this November

De Biasse & Seminara Architects, LLC will be participating in the 2013 CANstruction Competition this November to benefit the Community Food Bank of NJ. The competition brings together architects, engineers, designers, contractors, students, and local community members to build imaginative sculptures completely out of canned food. All the canned food that is raised for the competition will later be donated to local community food banks. Coastal NJ Architecture… Shore CAN Rebuild The theme of the competition this year is Coastal NJ...

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Home Renovation Project on Lake Hopatcong

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Case Studies, News and Notes | Comments Off on Home Renovation Project on Lake Hopatcong

How we’re transforming a poorly designed lakefront home into a dream vacation escape within a limited budget. When the owner found this home on Lake Hopatcong, she immediately fell in love with property. It’s located in a cove near a marina that stays calm and peaceful in the summer months, a rarity at this popular lake. The house, on the other hand, left a lot to be desired. Over the years, it had undergone several ill-conceived and poorly constructed renovations that obstructed many of the picturesque views of the lake and...

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Under Construction: New Home, Long Beach Island, NJ

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Case Studies, News and Notes | Comments Off on Under Construction: New Home, Long Beach Island, NJ

Here’s a sneak peek at one of our new home projects that is currently underway on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. When Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey last October, many people’s plans changed, including the owners of this property on Long Beach Island. Construction of this new 4000 square foot home began earlier than anticipated due to flooding of the existing house caused by the superstorm. The home, which we nicknamed “Island Eyebrow” because of its location and the eyebrow dormer on the third floor, includes a master...

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The 5 Phases of the Architectural Design Process

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in News and Notes | Comments Off on The 5 Phases of the Architectural Design Process

At De Biasse & Seminara Architects, PC, we make it our mission to layout the process of working with us as clearly and succinctly as possible. That way you can gain an understanding of how we operate from the initial consultation all the way through construction administration. Ideally, we would prefer to work with you through every phase we describe below to ensure the smooth completion of your project — we carry out each phase with the intention of keeping your project on budget and within code. That being said, you may decide to...

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5 Questions to Ask when Evaluating Contractor Costs

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in News and Notes | Comments Off on 5 Questions to Ask when Evaluating Contractor Costs

5 Questions to Ask when Evaluating Contractor Costs

As part of the services provided in our design phases – cost estimates are developed – either in house, by the Architect or an experienced consultant. These numbers are not fairy tales. They are based on historical data from similar projects, current market conditions, as well as contractor and supplier input. If the Architect is left out of the bidding review or the Owner forgets or disregards the ‘budget’ or ‘design phase’ figures prepared by the Architect then the seeds for trouble are planted. It is...

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