Adult Enrichment / Home & Garden -
Join an experienced architect for one or both workshops and discover that with a little knowledge and prep work, renovating your home does not have to be overwhelming.
All the Basics Learn how to determine what you can build “by-right” (projects that comply with established zoning standards and so do not require a sometimes lengthy discretionary review process); how to choose a contractor; what happens during a special permit process; how to determine whether you need a design professional; basic design considerations; common mistakes to avoid while renovating; and what to expect every step of the way.
Sustainable Renovations Are you concerned about climate change and interested in renovating your home with the environment in mind? We will explore how to take an older house and bring it into the 21st century and beyond. Learn about tax incentives available for energy efficiency and for demolition vs. deconstruction (selective dismantling of a building for re-use or recycling); what it means to have a smart home and how that will help you consume less energy; water conservation measures; choosing materials and products based on their carbon footprint; and how to achieve a high level of energy efficiency in your home. This is a discussion course so bring your questions and experiences to share.