While some properties are turnkey and ready to move into, many home buyers purchase properties hoping to make renovations to create the home of their dreams or get the most out of their investment. There are many factors to consider if you are considering renovating or even tearing down and starting fresh. Every city - and almost every neighborhood - has it’s own set of zoning regulations concerning what can be built. While zoning ordinances may be frustrating when they conflict with the project you have in mind, it is important to recognize that zoning ordinances have been adopted to protect property owners as well as maintain the integrity of the neighborhood.
For example, you may be frustrated if you have your heart set on a three-story home and the zoning on the property you are about to buy only allows a maximum of 2 stories. At the same time, if someone buys your neighbor's house and wants to build a project that is completely out of character for the neighborhood, you'll be glad that there are zoning laws in place to prevent this from happening.
Consulting with an architect prior to purchasing a property can help determine if the changes you want to make are achievable and the architect can often point out problem areas or give ideas of how to best utilize the space. A pre-purchase consult is an opportunity to gain valuable insights to the property and is time well-invested.
Please contact S K Architects if you would like to learn more about the possibilities for developing a property you are considering purchasing.