For the last few weeks, I have been serving a detail to Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park as a park historian.
After a walking tour of the Sunken Road on the Fredericksburg Battlefield, I received the following question:
“What did the war cost?”
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Converting a residential building to a commercial use gives me concern.
Converting old (unoccupied) buildings to new occupancies raises even more concern.
This is part of my daily job.
How do we do this? What questions should you ask if you’re considering this as a business or property owner?
In my world as an architect I am frequently contacted to review existing buildings that someone wishes to convert to commercial uses. In many of these cases I find out that the existing building started out as some type of residential use. With many early 1900’s buildings the construction is wood floor/roof construction with masonry walls. Long before we can address energy or sustainability concerns, we must address the many life safety and accessibility concerns.
Local building codes will vary, but these are generally the same everywhere in the U.S. As for determining what is applicable for existing buildings, contact an…
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