An investment in real estate is usually an exhilarating event, but it can also be stressful. The trepidation of buying something that potentially may not fulfill your dreams can challenge even the most seasoned buyer. We increase your purchasing power by providing timely and important assessments which provide answers to many of your questions, and we offer them in a written format to match your budget and schedule. These assessments are ideal for people who want an overview understanding of a particular issue for an economical price within a short time period.
Grouparchitect specializes in providing preliminary assessments for prospective projects by investigating in detail the requirements for your project as well as the constraints, resulting in a written and/or graphic documentation of your project’s potential. This service is tailored for those who don’t have a lot of time or are considering purchasing a home or condominium and want to know if either the project is possible or what the potential problem(s) may be PRIOR to purchasing or leasing property. These assessments are a streamlined version of our typical Feasibility Analysis and are offered at a nominal flat rate which is usually no more than a home inspection.
How green is your home? How green do you want to be? How green CAN you be? Grouparchitect’s staff of LEED-accredited designers and Sustainable Building Advisors can take your home or project (current or prospective) and provide a written assessment of the potential for your home to improve your indoor air quality, reduce your carbon footprint, and just plain live better. These studies can be expanded upon further upon request as a Sustainability Study. Our summary recommendations are provided in an overview / outline format for quick digestion for a small fixed fee.
Existing homes and buildings often have an inverse relationship between the age and character of the building with respect to energy efficiency – the older it is, the less energy efficient it is. Our Energy Assessment includes a brief comparison of your building’s insulation levels against current and future codes and recommended upgrades, an overall building envelope improvement summary for energy loss, and highlights target items such as appliances, windows, furnaces, etc for upgrades. This assessment focuses strictly on how you can reduce your energy usage and will give you immediate insight for improving your building. If you need more detail, an Energy Analysis may be right for you.
Wonder what type of architectural style your home is? It’s probably not what the sales flyer described it as when you bought it. If you’re considering a remodel or addition to an existing building, Grouparchitect can provide an analysis which tells you not only what style your home is, but also the characteristics of your style, typical details of the era of construction, and other important aspects if authenticity is important to you. Landmark determinations among other things are included in our typical Historical Studies if needed. Our summary recommendations, along with followup reference resources, are provided in an overview / outline format for quick digestion, all for a small fixed fee.
Accommodating the elderly or someone with disabilities in a home can be a challenge, especially if the home is older or from an era of smaller rooms and/or interior clearances. Extensive exterior sidewalk and/or yard grading can further complicate making a home accessible. Our firm can quickly and easily provide an in-home assessment of feasible recommendations for making life better for those who can use a little more help, all for one low fixed fee. More detailed designs and site planning are offered as Accessibility Improvements and Designs.
Acoustics can allow a beautiful space to be pleasant and enchanting, or it can turn an aesthetic masterpiece into a constant environmental annoyance. The subtlety of acoustics is rarely overlooked in great works of architecture. Acoustical assessments focus on investigating acoustical deficiencies (both perceived and actual) within a subject property or environment at an overview level with the intent of identifying the feasibility of addressing them. This is achieved by discussing the validity of a client’s concerns, discuss their potential impact(s), and propose options for potential remediation. Our Acoustical Assessments can be expanded upon further upon request as an Acoustical Study.
Indoor air quality is of paramount importance in our lives as we tend to spend so much of our time indoors. What seem like small details such as the dish soap we use all add up to creating and influencing our interior environment. Our Home Environmental Assessment evaluates the current condition of your home or office and indicates areas potentially in need of improvement. We observe the major influences on your environment, identifying major sources of negative impact, and recommend a priority listing for addressing them. Our Home Environmental Assessment can be extended into a Home Environmental Analysis Study.