Residential Matters

Residential Matters: When is the Best Time to Start Planning Your New Construction, Addition or Renovation?

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REALIZE the Possibilities. DESIGN Your Reality. INFLUENCE Your Life & Community.


When is the best time to start planning your new construction, addition or renovation? The answer is…NOW! And here’s why.


  1. Although you may not be able to start construction & building until the spring, get your unique design in place


The architectural design process is very important because it allows you to see what is possible with your space. During these early planning stages, JP Architects Ltd. drafts specific solutions for your situation and maximizes your space to create the most functional, lifestyle-friendly option for your life now and in the future. Probably the most important aspect of early-stage planning is the unique 2D design you’ll receive that shows your new floor plan, layout and size of all the rooms. JP Architects, Ltd. can also develop 3D renderings to really illustrate the outcome of your addition and renovation, if desired.


  1. With a design in place, you can begin to bid the project to builders and find one you trust


Bidding the project to several builders puts you in the ‘driver’s seat’ for securing the most competitive price possible. Starting now gives you the time to find the ‘right’ builder – one you feel comfortable with and trust.


  1. With any project, you must go through document review and permitting with your municipality


Ah. The necessary ‘evil’ you must go through to get your dream home — dealing with those municipalities. The good thing here is that JP Architects, Ltd. is aware of all local and state building and zoning requirements. This ensures your documents are 100% permit-ready and should not cause any delays in your timeline. However, if your documents require some corrections, (this can happen from time-to-time) we make the necessary changes to move your project along.



  1. You’ll have more time to budget and plan for construction


Renovating or building an addition is a major investment in your life and community. The more time you have to plan, the better off you are. You’ll be able to save the necessary funds and secure your living accommodations if your house is not livable during construction!


  1. If you want changes made to your design or additional details added, it is better to do that before construction begins


You have no idea how many times we have had clients try to change a design during construction. This causes so many REAL headaches. The builder has to stop, the design has to be reworked and then if it the change is substantial enough, it has to be approved by the municipality, AGAIN. Starting the architectural design process during the winter months will give you the opportunity to think about and change your design if wanted. This way when it’s time for construction to begin, the process can run smoothly, and you can get back into your home quickly. NO design changes or interruptions provides you the best opportunity to stay on your ideal timeline!


So there you have it. Starting to plan now can really jump start your projects construction come springtime. If this blog piqued your interest or if you’re thinking about undertaking a project on your home, let’s talk architecture – 708.907.3651


Until next time,

Jose R. Pareja, AIA




JP Architects, Ltd. was founded in 2015 by Jose R. Pareja, AIA. We specialize in and are passionate about residential design, commercial architecture and public sector planning / capital improvement projects. Located at 7250 College Dr., Palos Heights, IL 60463, we serve North and Central Illinois. We complete hundreds of projects per year and bring sound principles of design, resourcefulness, reliability, unmatched quality and enthusiasm to each project. JP Architects, Ltd. realizes the possibilities, designs your reality and influences your life and community.

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