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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.

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Design, planning and construction issues.

Licensed architectural design, planning and construction services.
Schematic Design
  objectives statement
  space planning
  feasibility study
  structural, mechanical, plumbing
    and electrical system integration
Permit Drawings
Construction Drawings
Contract Documents
Construction Administration
  construction management
  pre-qualification of bidders
  general and/or sub contracting
  construction progress and
    construction contract review and interpretation
  pay request certification
Construction failure diagnostics
  water intrusion
  structural failures, ...


Arlington Journal


5 year Bachelor of Architecture from
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI-SU)

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Recent Answers from Thomas Buford

2016-05-09 Room Addition/Extension:

The extent of overhang needed is determined by the exposure and the latitude the project is in.   A solar chart will provide the angles of the sun and from that the amount of overhang to block exposure

2016-05-07 Room Addition/Extension:

Lani,    Your question is a full design project.  So I will only ask why you need to continue the existing roof slope over the addition as opposed to building a gable roof perpendicular to the existing

2016-04-29 Garage Floor Insulation:

I can not answer your question in detail without doing full blown energy calculations. I am not familiar with a double bubble product.    Opinions  1) if you are only heating the garage to 45 degrees the

2015-07-21 Modern Fire Brigade Design.:

Modern Fire Brigade Design does not provide me information to start from.  If it is "modern" then it would hopefully have considered enhancements.  If you have a plan under consideration then it would

2015-05-14 Town House:

I do not have a yes or no answer for the ability of your house to hold the water bed.    Some things to have in mind:  IRCode specified sleeping room floors are supposed to hold 30 pounds per Sq Foot live


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