WHY DJSA? 

Commercial

DJSA Architecture provides commercial architecture design services to meet the needs of owners for commercial and retail projects. DJSA integrates architectural planning, design and engineering for the construction of commercial architecture / retail building types, including renovations, new construction and tenant improvements.

On commercial projects, a typical first step is to provide conceptual design and feasibility studies to make sure the projects program requirements “fit” the proposed space. The conceptual design is an exercise in due diligence to validate the construct-ability of the proposed project. Potential issues can be identified in this early phase of design, prior to significant capital investment.

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Residential

Building or renovating a home is often the culmination of years of dreaming and saving. It’s a very personal process that should be trusted only to a creative professional who will listen to your desires and ideas. We will use our expertise to shape those ideas into a design that matches your lifestyle and budget.

We believe that it is essential that the architect have as much interest in realizing your dreams as you do. We pride ourselves in understanding both, the clients’ goals and budget as well as the “intangibles” such as developing the potential of the views to and from your property, notice where the sun rises and sets, and even envisioning the ideal spot to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning.

Our basic design philosophy is to use traditional building materials to create spaces which value quality over quantity and use finely crafted details that truly make a house a home.

We believe that developing a close relationship with each client is essential for a successful project. We treat our clients with respect and responsiveness. They know we will strive to keep their project running smoothly.

An Architects Value

You have a vision of what you want. It may be a new home, a whole house renovation or a small addition. Now you need to make that vision a reality.

Architects are specially educated to help you define what you want to build, present options you might never have considered, and help you get the most for your valuable investment. They don’t just design four walls and a roof — they create total environments, both interiors and exteriors, which are functional and exciting places in which to work and live.

While a builder, residential designer or home plan service may make some minor adaptations at your request, an architect will anticipate your needs and offer creative solutions. Architects are trained problem solvers. Need more room for your growing family? Architects can show you how to enlarge your home so you won’t have to move. Have a limited budget? Architects can propose ways to get more for your investment than you imagined possible.

Architects help you get the most from your construction dollar. Architects can reduce building costs, decrease your home’s energy needs, and increase its future resale value through good design.

Building is a long process that can be messy and disruptive, particularly if you’re living in the space while it’s under construction. Your architect can help smooth the process by assisting in finding qualified builders and visiting the worksite to answer questions and ensure that the work is being built according to plans and specifications.

Why Choose An AIA Architect

The American Institute of Architects, founded in 1857, is the professional organization for more than 65,000 licensed architects and associated professionals.

With headquarters in Washington, D.C., and nearly 300 state and local chapters worldwide, the AIA helps to build public awareness of architecture and supports the practice of architecture.

In addition to meeting professional standards for licensure to practice architecture, AIA members adhere to the AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, assuring clients, the public, and colleagues of their dedication to high standards of professional practice. AIA members must also fulfill annual continuing education requirements to maintain their professional standing and to stay current in the profession.

(Excerpt from “You and Your Architect” handbook published by the AIA)

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