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.
James F Dickinson, NCARB
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