Happy Boss’s Day!

Happy Boss’s Day!

 

Happy Boss's Day!

Happy Boss’s Day to the best bosses around! Everyone here at UDA would like to extend a giant, “Thank you,” for everything you two do. You guys truly make this a fantastic place to work. We’re more than work colleagues, we’re family. Here’s to another great year!

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1. Dream Home

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Architects see the big picture.  A skilled architect can help you develop and integrate your list of requirements with the other complex factors to create a unique home just for you by prioritizing your needs.

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2. A Licensed Professional

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Architects are educated, trained, and tested in large range of areas including aesthetic design, ergonomics, sociology, ecology, law, building codes, construction materials and technology.  This breadth of knowledge allows foresight when evaluating competing requirements and restrictions.

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3. Problem Solvers

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Architects are trained to make buildings both functional and beautiful.  An architect will be able to show you alternatives that you might not have considered as possible.

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4. Trained in Communication

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An architect has experience effectively communicating through written word, drawing, and verbally with the key members of project including clients, contractors, engineers, and authorities in the manner best suited to the situation.

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5. Experience

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Most architects consider architecture a passion more than a vocation.  They draw on past experience.  They are an integral part of the design/construction community with contacts in all the fields.

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6. Makes your Life Easier

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Architects can bring pictorial suggestions to the table and assist in decisions for space planning, materials, and finishes transforming your abstract ideas into a form you can visualize.

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7. Cost Effective

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A well-conceived, designed, and coordinated project is more economical.  Changes made on paper in the design phase are much less expensive than those made during construction.

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8. A Good Investment

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Great design sells from consumer products to cities.  A well designed home has a higher resale value.

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Levi’s GranFondo

Over the weekend, Aaron and Peter completed the Levi’s GranFondo charity bicycle ride in Sonoma County, California. Even though they are avid riders, it’s still impressive they biked 60 miles in four hours and 44 minutes along the edge of the Pacific, through redwood forests, and up Coleman Valley Road. That’s an elevation gain of 3,875 feet! Sponsored by Barndiva Restaurant, they were able to raise money for the King Ridge Foundation’s three charities: Forget me Not Farm, Social Advocates for Youth, and B-Rad Foundation.

You guys did a great job for a great cause! UDA IS SO PROUD OF YOU!


Levi's GranFondo

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9. Environmentally Friendly

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Skilled architects work with the environment to create spaces that are sustainable and comply with ever demanding energy performance requirements.

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10. Advocate

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An architect will be able to assist with every aspect of a project from choosing a site, city permitting, design review board submittals, to construction administration.  Whether you choose to start a project from the ground up or remodel an existing space, an architect will be able to help the project run smoothly during each stage avoiding disruptive surprises.

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Why Hire an Architect?

Why Hire an Architect?

 

Architect: [ahr-ki-tekt] noun. 1. A person specifically trained and licensed to work on the planning and design of buildings, and in many cases, also supervises their construction.

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In a world of HGTV and DIY projects, it is easy for an individual to think they can design and build their home or spearhead their home’s remodel. Not only does the prospect seem easy, but it looks like a lot of fun. It’s not until you get started do you realize you’re in way over your head. There are more design options then you thought possible, building codes, zoning laws, HOA restrictions, contractors and so forth. In a matter of moments, the whole endeavor can become overwhelming.

This is where an architect can save the day. They have the education, training, experience, and vision to help you navigate through the building process. An architect is not only able to take your dreams and turn them into a reality, but they are able to make sure you stay on budget (even save you money!), help you find building professionals, and have building structures meet all requirements.

Your home isn’t solely about functionality; it’s about celebration and renewal. One shouldn’t ever associate their place of rest with stress and aggravation. There are professions at your disposal to aid you in keeping your project peaceful, who want to make your life easier. The question shouldn’t be, “Why should you hire an architect?” but rather, “Why haven’t you already?”

Contemporary Living Room

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Why Hire an Architect?

Why Hire an Architect?

Architect: [ahr-ki-tekt] noun. 1. A person specifically trained and licensed to work on the planning and design of buildings, and in many cases, also supervises their construction.

 *         *         *         *

In a world of HGTV and DIY projects, it is easy for an individual to think they can design and build their home or spearhead their home’s remodel. Not only does the prospect seem easy, but it looks like a lot of fun. It’s not until you get started do you realize you’re in way over your head. There are more design options then you thought possible, building codes, zoning laws, HOA restrictions, contractors and so forth. In a matter of moments, the whole endeavor can become overwhelming.

This is where an architect can save the day. They have the education, training, experience, and vision to help you navigate through the building process. An architect is not only able to take your dreams and turn them into a reality, but they are able to make sure you stay on budget (even save you money!), help you find building professionals, and have building structures meet all requirements.

Your home isn’t solely about functionality; it’s about celebration and renewal. One shouldn’t ever associate their place of rest with stress and aggravation. There are professions at your disposal to aid you in keeping your project peaceful, who want to make your life easier. The question shouldn’t be, “Why should you hire an architect?” but rather, “Why haven’t you already?”

 

For more reasons to hire an architect, please visit our, “Top 10 Reasons to Hire an Architect Countdown.” 

 

Contemporary Living Room

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We Received an Excellence in Masonry Architectural Award!

Masonry Award

We are proud to announce that we received an EXCELLENCE IN MASONRY ARCHITECTURAL AWARD from the Arizona Masonry Guild! A great big thank you to R-Net Custom Homes and Old Mission Masonry for being part of our team, and for helping us bring this design to life.

Masonry AwardMasonry Banquet

The greatest opportunity for this project was the uniqueness of the building site.  There were amazing desert mountain views, and a large wash cutting through the middle of the site.  The solution was to split the house, with the garages and guest house connected by a bridge over the wash to the main house.  The home was dug into the hill at the front and elevated at the rear to keep the finished floor higher to see the mountain view to the rear.  The home was anchored to the site with natural adobe masonry walls and columns growing from the topography.

The choice to use exposed and plastered adobe masonry was a joint decision between the architect and the owner.  Traditional adobe block kept with the southwest style of the home and evoked the warmth of the desert environment. Native materials were naturally the same color and texture as the surrounding site and were used in harmony with CMU construction. The connection between indoor and outdoor living was made by carrying the exposed adobe walls through the house.

This home went through the “green” building permit submittal process.  The adobe used was a zero waste, fully recyclable, local material.  It has a low embodied energy to produce and has a long life cycle as it is rot, termite, and fire resistant.  The home was also solar powdered, with solar panels covering all flat roof areas, hidden with parapet walls.

The heart of this home comes from the warmth and authentic use of masonry adobe giving it a character no other material could have created.

 

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Moving Day in Pine Canyon!

 

It’s moving day in Pine Canyon, Flagstaff! This was a fantastic project to be a part of, and we know our clients are thrilled they can finally move in. Nothing makes us happier than seeing the joy on our client’s faces when their homes are complete!

 

Moving Day

 

Click here to get a behind-the-scenes look of TWO other projects!

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Goodbye Summer!

 Goodbye Summer!

As summer comes to an end, everyone here at UDA is taking a moment to reflect on all the fun adventures (and UDA BBQ’s) they’ve had. From Californian to Northern Europe, we’ve traversed the globe, and we are now looking forward to what autumn might bring. Hope you enjoy a glimpse into our summers!

 

Jessica San Diego

Jessica: The whole family vacationed in California this year. They visited beaches, Legoland (of course), and Dex got to ride on his first train!

 

Lee & Laurel Europe

Lee & Laurel: Over the course of a month, this traveling duo was able to experience London, Iceland, and Northern Europe (Including: Russia, Estonia, Denmark, and Sweden). Can you tell they had a great time?

 

Lidia Costa Rica

Lidia: Originally from Costa Rica, Lidia and her family decided to visit her homeland this summer. Between hiking and family time, there was never a dull moment. Pura vida indeed!

 

Caitlin Summer 2017 (2)

Caitlin: Although there were no big trips planned this year, Caitlin and her family were still able to fill the summer with weekend jaunts to Las Vegas, San Diego Comic Con, and Flagstaff.

 Brandon San Diego

 Brandon: What should you do when you’re in California? Go to Knott’s Berry Farm and the beach, of course! As you can tell, Brandon and his family had a blast doing just that.

 

Aaron

Aaron:  Over the summer, Aaron and his wife went to see the sites in Washington, D.C., including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.  This lovely couple gets bonus points because this summer also marked their 15th wedding anniversary. Congratulations you two!

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Behind-the-Scenes Look

 

“It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.”

 

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at a couple of recent projects. Both are at different stages of construction, but both have that UDA je ne sais quoi.

 

Curry Coming Soon

Desert Mountain: This one is  done, and the clients are excited to be moving in. Can’t say we blame them with a bathroom like that!

 

Lloyd Framing

Saguaro Forest: Here we are on a site visit. We wanted to see how the framing was coming along. Nothing beats those views though!

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Recent Publications

 

 

Recent Publications

Need more UDA in your life? Then check-out these recent publications!

 

Phoenix Home & Garden August 2017 – This article is not your typical, “New owner updating an Urban Design Associates’ project,” kind of piece. It also pays tribute to Billie Springer; a beloved, design visionary who we lost too soon.

“Billie was always on the top of my list. She was as talented as any interior designer I’ve ever worked with. She could look at what I had on paper and immediately comprehend where to take it. She had a great gift for blurring the lines where architecture ended and interior design began.”

– Lee Hutchison

Luxe September/October 2017  – Notice the UDA home on the front? That’s because Luxe tells the story of  how one of our older projects was given a fresh look. The new owner could tell the home had “good bones,” so the interior was kept minimalistic to highlight them and their specially curated, antique collection.

 

Phoenix Home & Garden Special Edition 2017 – This one isn’t an article, but we have a beautiful two page image of a recently completed, contemporary home. It’s toward the front; you can’t miss it!

 

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UDA Summer BBQ 2017

 

What better way to celebrate a successful summer, than with a UDA BBQ and pool party! Between the good food, good company, silly string, and water balloon fight, it was the perfect way to unwind. Oh, and don’t forget about the giant, inflatable sea turtle and water slide. It’s safe to say the kids definitely stole the show, and that was okay with us!

 

Summer BBQ 2017

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