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Introduction: .James F. Dickinson ARCHITECT - NCARB – LLC 7688 Blueberry Hill Ln Ellicott City, MD 21043 INNOVATIVE RESIDENTIAL ADDITION – LIVINGSTON, NJ Any design project, whether a butler’s pantry or an innovative addition lends itself to the proper solution; depending upon client requirements, existing site / structure and budget. This Client (see photo in media section) wanted to build a one-story addition to avoid stairs where possible due to physical limitations; but a sanitary sewer easement limited any normal addition to a very narrow “bowling alley” effect for a family room. After discussions with potential contractors this client was recommended to bring in an architect. Building lots in the tract were originally configured based on the required 1 acre lots at the time. Subsequent, revised zoning permitted more lots; therefore, more residential units equal more profits for the builder. Unfortunately, the easements & infrastructure were established. Result was a sanitary sewer easement through the lot rather than at the edge of the lot. Solution was to survey the existing 15’ wide easement to locate the existing piping – then cantilever over the easement by 4 feet without inhibiting access to the piping should piping replacement become necessary. Result was a very satisfied client and a very desirable family room with the requested large fireplace and center skylight at the roof peak; plus, a one car garage added under the cantilever. The attached photo and plans indicate the successful solution. Respectfully Submitted; James F Dickinson, NCARB Challenging / problem solving & artistic excellence. Diversified architectural design - Commercial Facilities & Residential excellence

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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Usually, at $50 / hour for a greeting meeting and project "overview". Should last 2 hours max... Then with approval to proceed, design at $120 / hour to a max of agreed amount.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Architects are problem solvers -- therefore - many questions need to be addressed plus FULL analysis of the client's requirements / budget and the site conditions. These issues will help to get to know the client.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Architectural degree plus license and many years of experience.

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