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Thomas Buford

Licensed Architect in Virginia since 1984.
New Homes, Additions, Alterations, Outbuildings,
Failure Forensics; Small Construction Projects;
Remediation and Repair

Due to life safety concerns regarding some aspects of construction I may not be able to help with all questions. I do not answer structural specification questions without a site visit.

Richard Burton AIA

A combined total of 25 years experience with construction, architecture, and building code enforcement. Ask me about residential and commercial design. Ask me about design aesthetics, structural methods, and building something that will withstand severe weather conditions. Ask me my opinion about YOUR design ideas and I will tell you the merits of good design and challenge your thinking about practical issues. Ask me how to best find and work with your local architect and approach general contractors to get the most value for the least amount of headaches. You can ask me about improving your energy efficiency and things that are both green and practical. But don't ask me about solar panels and wind turbines unless you are currently paying your utility company 35 cents per Kilowatt. Otherwise the math does not justify the initial cost and return on investment. Ask me any building code question and how to get a building permit from the most difficult enforcement agencies.

Guido Tenaglia, LEED AP

I'd like to answer questions regarding Architecture. Corporate Interiors, Retail, and Residential building.History of Architecture.

Nazim Nice

I am a Seattle Architect and can answer architecture and design related questions. Ask me about material suggestions or usage. Ask me about design options - what is good design and what is bad. Ask me about choosing exterior house colors and furniture layout options. Ask me about detailing and assembling houses or components in the home. Ask me about green design or materials. Ask me about choosing an architect, the architectural services, basement remodels, second story additions, and whole house remodels. Ask me about garage design, bathroom remodels, laundry and mudroom design, family room additions, and roof deck additions.

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2016-08-31 Bldg. Footprint exceptional:

Thom,    I am uncertain if I understand your question without an illustration.    All support columns will need to respect the building setbacks just like any other part of the building footprint.    If

2016-08-24 draftstopping:

Carlos,    Most likely the draftstop needs to be located above and in line with the fire-rated wall that separates the habitable living areas from the garage (and attic storage).    The construction type

2016-08-23 Skywalk Gates Design.:

Prashant.    Yes, there will be advantages after implementing Opening and Closing Gates with locks for a skywalk from a security point of view.  But both buildings on either side of the skywalk must exit

2016-08-22 Animation college:

Arena,    Just two months ago, an animation business located next to my architecture went bankrupt.  The problem with that business is that many clients are either not paying their animators and/or the

2016-08-16 International airport design.:

1) You will want to add one additional gate for every four planes coming and going each day.  For 50 additional planes pulling up to a terminal, unloading, refueling, loading, and taking off again, there

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