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Design Rx for Your Home Remodel: An Interview with David Stocker of Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects PLLC

By David Stocker

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the services you provide.

We at Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro consider ourselves to be boutique design firm. We specialize in doing unique custom projects for clients that are interested in design.

How common is it to for homeowners to hire an architect for a remodeling project? What are the benefits of this compared with some of the other options?

It's common in the higher end of the market. I always say that a remodel is like solving a Rubics Cube. You might solve one side, but then you look to see the other sides are all wrong. I think this is the importance of having an architect. We are really looking at the whole picture and trying to solve multisided problems.

What are some important questions to ask an architect before beginning the design process?

I think it is important to do your research to find the right architect. You might ask your realtor who they have heard is good. You could look on Houzz or Pinterest and see projects you like. You could talk to contractors. The architect really needs your trust so having an owner do their homework upfront and find an architect in whom they trust as a person and as a designer is vitally important.

How do you suggest that people approach the remodeling process so they'll end up with a home they love?

It's just best to face the realities going into it. There will always be surprises that generate new design challenges and budget challenges. Just count on it, it always happens.

What are some of the biggest issues that architects and homeowners face when it comes to remodeling a house?

Water. It is the architect's enemy. Most remodel project and especially older project are going to have some water damage. It might be from the site drainage, it might come from the roof, or it might come from the plumbing system.

What advice do you have for homeowners to help make sure their remodel goes as smoothly as possible?

I always repeat the adage "Measure twice. Cut once." You are far better off to be careful and deliberate in taking the time to put together a good set of drawings. In my experience, you might start earlier but you will finish later and over-budget if you don't spend the time necessary for a good set of drawings.

What's the best way for people to contact your company?

Email me at dstocker@shmarchitects.com or visit our site Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro

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David Stocker, AIA is a founding Principal at Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects....

Phone: 214-252-3830

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