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Tom Fitzgerald

Great Room Framing

When you walk into this great room, there is a pleasant transition formed by the ambulatory lower ceiling height into the double height vaulted ceiling above the Great Room. The lower ceiling heights are continued from the living room into the kitchen by the “hall” along the framed windows on the […]

New Windows/Framing a New Kitchen

Ahh yes, we all love the nostalgia of the single pained windows with the swirls and dot engrained in the glass, but for efficiency of running your HVAC systems, those windows are just as good as having an open window during the coldest and hottest days of the year. To save […]

Construction Con’t: Roof Completion, Porch Foundations, and a Double Height Great Room Revealed

Next, the concrete truck came and poured footings for the three porches as well as footings in the basement. This allowed the masons to get started on the brick pillars beneath the porch features. The brick pillars were incorporated to match the existing front porch pillars, as seen in the image below. It […]

Formwork, Sill Plates, Floor Joists, Oh My!

With this addition, more weight will be placed on the existing foundation walls. To ensure that loads are properly transferred to the ground, pillars will be constructed to distribute the loads throughout the basement level to relieve the foundation walls of the extra weight. Below you can see formwork laid […]

Roof Construction

The construction process reveals the first tangible stages of the design being lifted from the 2D Construction Documents and visualizing the spaces come to life before you. As mentioned before, Roof Construction was addressed first so that the contractors could access the underside of the roof from the second floor before they removed it to […]

Construction Begins

The week following demolition of the old farm house the contractors began re-constructing the roof while they still had the second floor in place (as it is to be removed later in the process to provide a double height space). The first floor removed as expansion on to the existing porch was to […]

Demolition

Do you remember this beautiful old farm house? With all of it’s character… And charm…  Demolition is often thought of as recklessly tearing apart a building with no regards to the existing structure and materials. At Fitzgerald Architecture Studio, we have a respect for historic preservation and work with those we trust will […]

Construction Documents

Once the client and designer have ironed out the programming, aesthetics and design functionality together the designer finalizes the design in a Construction Documents drawing set. There are many details included in this drawing set that had not been brought forward to the client before. Zoning, Code, Notes to the Contractor, Demolition drawings, […]

Schematic Design: 5th Meeting

The amount of schematic design meetings is based on the size of the job as well as the client’s needs. In this project many meeting were necessary to achieve exactly what the client was looking for. In the fifth schematic design meeting the first floor and facades were decided upon. […]

Schematic Design: 4th Meeting

By the fourth meeting the architect has further developed the exterior elevations through conversation with the client and also by working from the inside plan to the exterior. We have found that these hand rendered drawings resonate with our clients and provides a better visualization with what the final outcome will look like. […]