Remodeling Advisor and Architectural Design Serviceupdated: Thursday, February 14, 2013
To promote high quality home remodeling, the City of St. Louis Park partners with the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) to make the services of a remodeling advisor available to St. Louis Park homeowners. CEE is an independent, nonprofit organization that works to promote public interest through the responsible and efficient use of natural and economic resources.
CEE's experienced remodeling advisors will come to any St. Louis Park home to discuss your remodeling ideas at no charge. They can answer questions about renovating existing space or building an addition and contractor bids. To schedule your appointment call the Center for Energy and Environment at (612)335-5856.
Architectural Design Service
Recognizing that many residents may want to build an addition to meet the needs of a growing family, the City of St. Louis Park is underwriting much of the cost of a consultation with an architect. A consultation can help ensure that your new addition fits seamlessly with the style of your existing home and is compatible with your neighborhood. The city, in partnership with the American Institute of Architects Minnesota, will cover the most of the cost of a two hour consultation (a $250 value). Homeowners pay only $25 and may choose to meet with one of the 20 participating architects. Click here for a list of approved residential remodeling architects.
To schedule an appointment, narrow your search to one, two or three firms. Consider contacting them by e-mail to set up a 5-10 minute phone interview to get your questions answered and help you make a final selection. Once you’ve chosen an architect, the firm will schedule a time for your in-home consultation. The consultation will give you a chance to discuss options and ideas for your project, and an introduction to the process of working with an architect.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota is the professional organization of architects in Minnesota. AIA architects are licensed and required to take continuing education courses to keep current with laws, codes, and new materials. For more information abut working with an architect, click on the links below. You may also wish to visit www.aia-mn.org for additional information.
Click here for information on working with an architect (20 questions to ask).