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Kepes Architecture


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Kepes Architecture was founded in 2006 by Chris Kepes, AIA. Born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised in Dayton, OH, Chris is a 1991 graduate of the University of Cincinnati. As a sole practitioner, he specializes and is known as a sought after expert in the design of vernacular modernist houses along with historic renovations in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Also a professional musician, Chris performs regularly in Cincinnati as a guitarist with several different groups. PRELIMINARY WALK-THROUGH/CONSULTATION It is often valuable for my clients to have me walk thru an existing property or an empty lot with them before purchase so that I can help them understand what their available options and alternatives might be. PRE-DESIGN I believe in a thorough approach which includes a lot of “up-front” time spent listening to my clients’ needs and helping them ascertain their options. Spending more time in the preparation of a project program provides a far more efficient design and construction process. SCHEMATIC DESIGN I have a “big picture-to-small picture” approach to design. It is essential to consider the macro view first and then work inwards from there. In the case of a new house for example I first consider siting relative to approach, sun orientation, and sustainability before making any plan layout decisions. I love making drawings, especially hand rendered drawings, and I use these to communicate my design ideas to my clients. From there I count on a back and forth communication and collaboration as we move forward. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT / CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS In this phase of my work, I am refining the schematic design and producing the drawings and specifications which prescribe the construction for the general contractor. I continue meeting with my clients during this part of the job to review progress drawings. CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION During the construction I influence the organization, efficiency and time schedule of my projects by holding regular site meetings, drafting meeting notes, providing any additional drawings or specifications required and providing accountability to the owner and the contractor.

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What do you love most about your job?

Creating beautiful spaces and buildings and helping people improve their environments. I love seeing my drawings come to life and having happy satisfied clients!
My intent is to create beautiful, sustainable modern houses and renovations without ignoring the natural or built environment. I am influenced by the architects Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, William Wurster, Edwin Lutyens, Bruce Goff, music and nature. I truly believe that creating beautifully simple and uncluttered spaces for my clients is beneficial to their lives

What inspired you to start your own business?

Having practiced and worked for other firms for 15 years following architecture school I wanted to be able to control the quality of design and communication with my clients. In early 2006 I received a commission for a single family house and decided it was time to be the boss! That first house was a huge success, the first of two houses for the same client in different locales both of which won AIA design awards.

Why should our clients choose you?

I am highly skilled at combining the needs of my clients, my design influences and specific site considerations to create wonderful, inspiring buildings and spaces. As a professional musician I have always been delighted by the relationship between music and architecture. I bring a sense of melody, harmony and rhythm to all of my design work.

I pride myself on my abilities as a listener and communicator and hold myself and my consultants to a high ethical and professional standard.
As a sole practitioner I am the communicator, designer, and draftsman. This provides built-in continuity and quality control to my projects.

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Hiring an architectural services firm is a great investment as it can help increase the value of your home.

The cost will vary not according to the size of your extension and new rooms but how many floors are being changed or added.

Costs will normally include the design advice, on-site survey, professional CAD drawings, drawing amendments, planning applications and planning revisions.

Your expert architectural services firm will be able to help make the changes you are looking for or create a new build. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Use Bark to get free quotes and find a qualified architect today.

Here are some aspects that are important to consider when opting for an architectural services firm. It is important that the architect is registered and provide you with a portfolio of work with recent images. It is also recommended to complete a site visit where the architect might point out the particular features of that project.

Architects need to monitor the project throughout so it is also important that they have a good working relationship with experienced contractors.

Some architectural services firms only do international work. If you have a small project, you might want to consider a small firm that can give you its full attention.

Your local professional should work with you on your creative ideas and ensure that you get the best value for money for your budget.

You can be confident that any of the Bark local architectural services companies listed will help you build your dream home and give you peace of mind.

A building project might take just six months or a couple of years to complete. Make sure you choose an architecture firm that you will be comfortable working with for the long term.

You may meet an architect you like in the initial meeting phase but when the project gets underway, you may be working more closely with a different colleague. Make sure you know which individuals you will be working with throughout your project.

A side return extension is considered to be permitted development (PD). It does not need planning permission as long as the extension is within two metres of a boundary and the maximum eaves height is no higher than three metres.

Architectural services firms can provide complete drawing and design services, submit planning applications, check building regulations, undertake Structural Engineer calculations for loft conversions, extensions, internal alterations and new builds.

Architects also manage the entire process with the local authorities and should keep clients informed of the progress of their application along the way.

Yes, it's possible to hire an architect and get your project done online. Whether you require 3D illustrations or plans submitted for approval, your architectural expert will be on hand to bring your vision to life. There's a number of handy 2D and 3D tools which architects use to help you to envision how the finished product will look.

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