Zachary Rose Wins AIA Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Zachary Rose, owner of Zack Academy, Rose Architecture + Construction, and a local licensed Architect and General Contractor, has received the 2020 “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from The American Institute of Architects Fort Lauderdale. This prestigious nod is part of the AIA’s Emerging Professional Awards, which recognize the top architecture and design teams in South Florida.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is one of the oldest associations recognizing architectural excellence. Through community outreach, apprenticeship programs, and advocacy, the organization also fosters the development of architects. Similarly, “Entrepreneur of the Year” award recognizes designers who have made an impact not only in the design field, but in their community as well.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from the South Florida design community, and would like to acknowledge my rockstar team that has helped me push the envelope these past few years to continue to innovate and grow responsibly,” commented Mr. Rose.

Mr. Rose and his firm were recognized for both career and community development. The firm completed over 120 design and construction projects in Broward County over the past five years, while volunteering for local fixtures such as Christ Church School, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, the Jack and Jill Center of Fort Lauderdale, and Chabad Las Olas. Owner Zachary Rose has also participated in community outreach in partnership with The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and Broward County to help youths gain job experience.

About Rose Architecture + Construction
Rose Architecture + Construction is South Florida’s premier Fort Lauderdale architect and interior design firm. Founded in 2012 by Zachary Rose, they have worked on numerous projects including commercial, residential, and industrial spaces. They take pride in clean, functional spaces and are passionately committed to design perfection, innovation, and sustainability. As the firm’s driving force, Mr. Rose is a licensed Fort Lauderdale Architect in the State of Florida (lic. # AR96067), licensed General Contractor (lic. # CGC1526625), an accredited LEED AP, and a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

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Save Time and Money with a Feasibility Study

Whether you have a very strong idea of the scope and design of your potential building project or have very little idea of what it could be, you should consider a feasibility study. These assessments help determine whether a project makes sense to move forward with or if some items need revisiting. No matter the size of your project, a feasibility study can save you time and money. Rather than diving into the deep end of unknown waters, a feasibility study allows you to test out the waters before you invest any significant time and money into your potential project. Read on to learn more about how feasibility studies can guide decision making for your project in a number of ways.

What is a feasibility study?
A feasibility study is an assessment of all the important details of a project. At its core, a feasibility study asks important questions such as “what” and “why”. This helps set the direction of the project and becomes the standard for project members to reference during the process.

Why should I consider a feasibility study for my project?
Feasibility studies can provide a clear outline of a project’s goals as well as the most efficient way to achieve them. This can be extremely helpful for clients who only have a vague idea of what they want, or when there are many competing priorities.

But even if you already have a clear idea of why you’re constructing a space, do you know if your plan is legal? Do you know if your plan is economically realistic? Do you know what design challenges your site presents?

If your project plan cannot fully answer these questions, then you may encounter issues along the process. A feasibility study helps to minimize risk before fully investing your valuable time, money, and resources into a project.

What are the steps for conducting a feasibility study?

  • Defining the project’s goal: Feasibility studies often begin with asking the purpose of the project. Defining a clear project goal and design intent helps everyone involved with the project to stay on track during the project’s process.
  • Research: This phase includes gathering information on existing property / building conditions, conducting code and zoning research, and more. Once this information is compiled, project designers can analyze and project this information on to your specific site and provide a generalization of the buildable area allowed based on the parameters discovered during their research. This step is often the biggest component of feasibility studies conducted for our clients.
  • Cost Estimation: This phase is a quick estimation of project costs based on the preliminary research in the previous two steps. This can help get a general idea of costs before furthering the design and getting bids after construction documents are completed further down the line.

Are you ready to streamline your next project? Rose Architecture + Construction can conduct a feasibility study for you. Contact us to receive expert consultation on architecture, construction, design and more.

Rose Architects Earns VA Builder Status

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Zachary Rose, owner of Rose Architecture + Construction and a local licensed Architect and General Contractor, is pleased to announce his designation as a Veteran Affairs (VA) Builder. This designation is a breakthrough for his design-build architecture firm, which will now be able to work on VA-funded projects.

The VA Builder program matches veterans with qualified architects, contractors, and developers to help build dream homes for this deserving community. Similar to normal homebuilding, these homes can be tailored to fit the unique needs of the homeowner. However, the VA Builder program holds its builders to a higher standard by requiring special inspectors during the entire construction process to ensure perfect execution.

Only construction firms with VA Builder status can work on VA-funded projects. This means the VA Builder program is limited to the firms that decide to pursue the status. Now, local veterans can add Rose Architecture and Construction to their options of qualified builders to create their perfect home.

“The Veteran Affairs (VA) Builder status has allowed us to give back to a community that already gives us so much,” said Rose. “We are honored to design and build homes for our veterans.”

About Rose Architecture and Construction
Rose Architecture and Construction is South Florida’s premier Fort Lauderdale architect and interior design firm. Founded in 2012 by Zachary Rose, they have worked on numerous projects including commercial, residential, and industrial spaces. They take pride in clean, functional spaces and are passionately committed to design perfection, innovation, and sustainability. As the firm’s driving force, Mr. Rose is a licensed Fort Lauderdale Architect in the State of Florida (lic. # AR96067), licensed General Contractor (lic. # CGC1526625), an accredited LEED AP, and a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

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Appeal Your Property’s Flood Zone Status with an LOMC

If your property has been included in an identified flood zone area, it can mean costly flood insurance and a more complicated or limited building or renovation process. However, it is possible to appeal your property’s designation by submitting a Letter of Map Change (LOMC) request to FEMA. This can be submitted by the property owner or an authorized agent through an online application to request a change to the flood map.

What is a flood zone?
FEMA defines the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) as an “area that has a 1-percent or greater chance of flooding in any given year; this area is also referred to by some as the 1-percent-annual-chance floodplain, base floodplain or the 100-year floodplain.” Through FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, SFHA’s are identified in an effort to minimize the risk and impact flooding can have on homeowners and businesses.

What is the benefit of submitting an LOMC request?
If FEMA approves your LOMC request, you may no longer be required to pay flood insurance. You can send these approved documents known as the Determination Document to your lender and request flood insurance requirements to be removed.

How can I submit an LOMC request?
The Online Letter of Map of Change application can be submitted at https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/onlinelomc/signin.

What information is required to submit a LOMC request?
You will need specific information about the property including location, legal description, and use of fill. Many of the required forms can be found in the FEMA library or in the online LOMC application. You may also need to provide additional documentation such as:

  • Elevation Form or Existing Elevation Certificate (part of online application)
  • Subdivision Plat Map or Property Deed with Tax Assessor’s Map (contact your County/Parish Clerk, Recorder, or Register of Deeds)
  • ESA Compliance Documentation (contact National Marine Fishery Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, or State Wildlife Agency)

How is approval of the request determined?
FEMA reviews LOMC requests and takes into account your property’s proximity to identified SFHAs. You may have to make some amendments to the property for an LOMC to be granted. The review process may take up to 60 – 90 days. You can view the current application status by signing in to your online LOMC account.

Is there a faster alternative to submitting my own LOMC request?
Yes – FEMA has a separate online application called eLOMA, which can be submitted by engineers, surveyors, and other licensed professionals. An eLOMA request can generate a response within a few minutes.

If you live in a flood zone and you’re thinking of renovating your property, consider all of your options before your project becomes costly and complicated. Rose Architecture + Construction can submit eLOMA requests on your behalf, saving you weeks of time and hassle! Contact us to learn more about our flood zone consulting, design, and construction services today.

Beyond the home inspection…things to check before buying a home

Home inspections are critical (and required for mortgages) but they don’t always tell the whole story. There is a reason that they can cost as little as $75…often times they are just a small glimpse of what is actually going on in a house. Below are the top 8 things to check for before making the largest investment of your life. Items 1 – 4 are absolutely critical while 5 – 8 depend on the level of alteration you plan to do on the property – the larger the renovation the more sense it makes to follow all of these recommendations.

While it may seem counterintuitive to invest money before you even own your new home, checking for these things can be back exponentially by way of credits at closing and avoided headaches.

1. Plumbing

Older homes built with cast iron pipes are ripe for disaster. Hire a licensed plumber for $200-$300 and have them scope the lines with a camera. Even if you flushed all the toilets, sellers can have pipes snaked to give the appearance of perfect wastelines, but until you see it with your own eyes there is no way to know what lies beneath.

2. Flood Zone

It is critical to know if your property is in a flood zone for two reasons:

  1. You will know if the property requires expensive flood zone insurance and
  2. It can influence the amount you can spend on a renovation prior to it being considered a “Substantial Improvement”.

The latter is extremely important because once you go over a certain dollar threshold (50% of the structure value), federal law requires that you raise the floors to the required flood zone elevation. That elevation varies by location, but 95% of the time it is impossible to raise the floors high enough. This is because your doors and windows would all need to be raised as well, sometimes to a height that is physically impossible. Learn more: https://www.fema.gov/floodplain-management-old/substantial-improvement

We have worked with dozens of clients in having their flood zone changed, so if this applies to you let us know so we can check for an exemption in your area. We can also check your flood zone on your behalf if that information was not provided by the seller.

3. Termites

If there are any wood materials behind the walls or ceiling in your home it is very important to get a termite inspection. Even if things look fine on the surface, you can have a massive problem just waiting to be uncovered. There are even termites that can eat through concrete! So while there may be no obvious signs of termites, it is of the utmost importance to get a licensed professional out to the home to check prior to closing.

4. Permit History

It is typically no more than a single email to request the permit history for a property. The value of this is two-fold:

  1. You can quickly determine if there are any illegal structures on site that become your problem – once you own the house, you also own all of the illegal completed work – and
  2. You can check on very important items like age of the roof and mechanical or electrical equipment

Things to specifically look for when comparing permit history to the physical items on site:

  • If you notice a new electrical panel that is not labeled, this is a non-permitted panel. Building departments require the panel to be labeled so this is a clear red flag. Home inspectors will not check for this, they only care about older panels that pose a fire hazard (e.g. Southern Pacific)
  • For your HVAC systems, if it looks brand new but there is no permit it was installed illegally. It is an easy permit to pull but many mechanical contractors prefer to skip the red tape and jump straight to installation
  • If the garage was converted to a livable space, carport converted to garage, or porch enclosed, these are three very common renovations that require a permit 100% of the time (but often times are done as a “handyman special”). If you notice that work was completed but does not show in the permit history it is a huge liability for you as the new owner.

We cannot emphasize the importance of checking on every permit and being extremely vocal to the seller about what you discover. Any work that was done without a permit is the problem of the current homeowner, and an “as-is” purchase removes the responsibility from the seller the moment you close. In addition to monetary fines, your family can be in danger if a load-bearing wall was removed without a permit and no structural considerations were made to make the home safe.

5. Mold Inspection

Mold can exist in walls and ceilings and not present itself to the naked eye. Sellers can also paint right over existing mold problems which conceal the problem areas for 3-6 months at a time. If there are any signs of moisture or musky smells in the property, getting a mold inspection is your best bet. This becomes even more important in muggy South Florida locations since we have such high humidity and rain volume.

Also very important to keep in mind: if more than 10 square feet of mold is being removed from a property, a licensed Florida Mold Inspector is required. If a GC tells you she or he can remove it on their own, they are very, very wrong. Learn more here: http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/mold/index.html

6. Asbestos Inspection

All significant renovations that require demolition should have an asbestos report completed, especially if the house is very old and has popcorn ceilings. VCT tile, mirror adhesive, and old in-wall heaters are all potential culprits as well. Since this is a required report for your future renovation permit (to be submitted to the County), you may as well get it done now because if there is asbestos present that needs to be mitigated you will be paying big bucks down the road.

7. Lead Paint Inspection

All homes built before 1978 are required by federal law to be checked for lead paint if the renovation involves disturbing more than 6 square feet of interior space or 20 square feet of exterior space. This threshold is so low that it is safe to say checking for lead is required on all renovations of pre-1978 homes. Having your future home inspected for lead is critical, especially if you have young children who are most susceptible to the life-crippling effects of lead paint dust. Learn more: https://www.epa.gov/lead/learn-about-lead

8. Geotechnical Report

If you plan to do an addition OR if there are clear signs of foundation settlement, this is a critical report to attain prior to closing. Geotechnical engineers will drill down approximately 25′ to tell you the soil conditions. If your foundation is showing visual signs of settlement, this information can be used to try and receive credits at closing for the cost of foundation underpinning/reinforcement. If you are considering an addition, the report will tell you what kind of foundation system you need and if an expensive piling/grade beam system is going to be needed.

For new construction, geotechnical reports will tell you how much dirt needs to be removed, added, OR removed and then added back. Just like the above reports, you don’t know what you don’t know…

9. BONUS ITEM – Hire an Architect!

Hiring an Architect at the onset of your home-buying process can save you serious headaches down the road. Even if it is just to recommend vendors for each of the above items, Rose Architecture and Construction is here to help! Contact us today to see how we can help you make the right decision and have a pain-free renovation or new construction project.

Construction Management Forms

We emphasize management and quality control on every project we work on, big or small. The National Association of Home Builders (nahb.org) publishes industry best practice guidelines and we take pride in using their resources to the benefit of our Clients. Bookmark this page for easy access to spot check the various stages of construction management and quality control.

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Certified Aging In Place – Now in Fort Lauderdale

caps certificationFort Lauderdale, FL (May 6, 2019) – Zachary Rose, owner of Rose Architects and a local Fort Lauderdale Architect, is pleased to announce the completion of his new NAHB Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation. This certification is a major step forward for Rose Architects, which will now add accessibility remodeling to its robust list of specializations.

The Certified Aging-in-Place designation program is an endeavor from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), a national authority on homebuilding and homeownership. The purpose of CAPS is to help elderly homeowners stay in their homes by offering modifications that make their home more accessible to them. These modifications can include grab bars, task lighting, walk-in tubs, and more. By making their home safer and more livable, elderly homeowners can retain their independence and have an improved quality of life.

Oftentimes, senior homeowners have to make the difficult choice between staying in their home or moving an assisted living center. These choices usually factor in accessibility, as seniors begin to have difficulty with winding staircases, slippery tubs, and high shelves. This loss of independence can feel disempowering for seniors.

Through CAPS, senior homeowners can remain in their homes on their own terms. Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists are trained in the unique needs of the older adult population and will work with homeowners to provide unique solutions to their concerns.

“The CAPS certification has given us the tools as an architecture firm to cater to the needs of our aging population and help them to design the perfect home to age in,” said Rose. “The NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) has done a fantastic job of creating a certification that combines the right amount of code-driven guidelines paired with practical-and-functional ideas, and we can’t wait to help our clients create their forever Forever Home!”

About Rose Architects
Rose Architects is South Florida’s Fort Lauderdale architect and interior design firm. Founded in 2012 by Zachary Rose, we have worked on numerous projects including commercial, residential, and industrial spaces. We take pride in clean, functional spaces and are passionately committed to design perfection, innovation, and sustainability. As the firm’s driving force, Zachary is a licensed Fort Lauderdale Architect in the State of Florida (lic. # AR96067), licensed General Contractor (lic. # CGC1526625), an accredited LEED AP, and a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

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4 easy DIY home improvement projects you can do in a day

Think you don’t have the time to tackle a home improvement project? Good news: There are a number of easy renovations you can do in one day — without the help or cost of a Contractor or Architect. Here are four that you can do with just a few basic tools.

Recaulk a bathtub or shower

What you’ll need:

•Caulk remover

•A utility knife

•Painter’s tape

•Caulk

•A caulk gun

•A damp towel

Over time the seal around a bathtub or shower can wear, discolor and crack, allowing moisture to pool inside and creating a perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. But ­recaulking is much easier than most people think.

It’s up to you whether you want to use latex or silicon caulk. (Latex shrinks more than silicone caulk, but it’s easier to smooth and clean up.)

To begin, use a caulk remover to soften the existing caulk; this will prep the surface and make it easier for you to remove the caulk using a utility knife with a fresh blade. Once all of the old caulk has been removed, use a damp cotton rag to clean away dust. Let the surface completely air-dry.

The caulk line you’ll create is called a bead. To create an even bead, lay parallel strips of painter’s tape above and below the entire length of the tub seam. Then, load the caulk into a caulk gun, point the nozzle at a ­45-degree angle, and apply steady pressure to the trigger as you move along the seam. Don’t skip the tape step! This caulk will stay in place for a long time and you will see it everyday, so take the extra few minutes for this step.

Finally, slide a finger along the joint to smooth the bead, remove the tape while the caulk is still wet, and let the caulk cure for at least 24 hours before using the shower or bath.

Install a new shower head

What you’ll need:

•A new showerhead

•An adjustable wrench

•Plumber’s tape

•A toothbrush

•Vinegar

If your shower head has low water pressure, it might just need a deep cleaning to get it unclogged. But if you’re ready to upgrade to a rainfall shower, or a shower head with relaxing massage jets, you can replace the old head in less than 20 minutes.

First, make sure the water is turned off. Then, use an adjustable wrench to loosen and unscrew the old shower head. Once the head is off, remove any old plumber’s tape and scrub the threaded connection between the showerhead and the joints, using a toothbrush dipped in vinegar, to clean away rust or mineral deposits. Leaving these deposits in place can make connecting the new head a challenge. It can also cause leaks.

Wrap plumber’s tape in a clockwise direction two or three times around the threads of the shower arm. Use your finger to smooth out the tape. Next, place the new shower head onto the shower arm and twist it clockwise by hand to secure it. Turn on the water. If leaks occur, carefully tighten with an adjustable wrench — making one-quarter turns at a time — until there are no leaks.

Make a wallpaper accent wall

What you’ll need:

•Pre-pasted wallpaper

•A plastic wallpaper tray (30 inches long by 10 inches wide)

•A 12-inch plastic paint guide (similar to a putty knife but wider and not as sharp so it won’t gouge your paper)

•Scissors

•A level

•A utility knife

•A pencil

•Sandpaper (100-120 grit)

Want to add drama to a room? Try hanging bold wallpaper to create an accent wall. Even though there are a fair number of steps involved, this project is still doable in one day.

Use pre-pasted wallpaper so you don’t have to buy paste and a special applicator brush to get the wallpaper to stick.

Start by sanding the walls and cleaning away any dust or debris so no lumps show through the paper later on. Then, using a level in the vertical position, draw a straight vertical line on the wall in pencil; this is called a “plumb line.” Roll the paper out on the floor and use scissors to cut the initial paper to fit the height of the wall, plus an extra four inches. Before cutting your next piece, align it with your first piece to make sure the pattern will match. You may need to trim a few inches so the pattern lines up perfectly. Then, measure and cut each consecutive strip, repeating the same technique to match the pattern.

Roll up the wallpaper so the pattern is visible and soak it in a wallpaper tray filled with lukewarm water for three to five minutes. (Check instructions per manufacturer, as times may vary.) To wet evenly, carefully slide the roll from side to side in the tray so that water flows between the layers.

Slowly remove the paper strip from the water bath, and as you unroll it, gently fold the paper so the top edge and bottom meet in the middle of the strip with the sticky sides touching each other. Do not crease it and make sure the pasted sides line up evenly so the paper does not dry out along the edges; this lets the glue set. Let the paper sit in the wallpaper tray for another two to three minutes, or as directed by the manufacturer.

Before putting the paper on the wall, remove any outlet and switch covers. (Cut the power beforehand.) Then, gently unroll the paper strips onto the wall, working your way from top to bottom, and keeping the edge of the paper aligned with the plumb line. Match the pattern as closely as possible. As the wallpaper sets, you can use a 12-inch paint guide to remove any bubbles and carefully cut around any electrical outlets.

Finally, hold the paint guide along the top edge, where the ceiling meets the wall, and cut excess paper off with a utility knife. Repeat at the bottom of the wall, along the top edge of the baseboard. Place the outlet and switch covers back on.

Edge your garden beds for easy curb appeal

What you’ll need:

•A flat-edged shovel

•String

•Mulch

Want to freshen up the look of your flower or vegetable garden? You don’t need a green thumb to edge your garden — a simple process that entails forming borders to separate your lawn from your plantings. These borders, or “edges,” will give your garden a crisp, clean look.

First, mark the boundaries of the bed using string. Then, take a flat-edged shovel and slice into the turf repeatedly, along the string, until you’ve outlined the entire bed. Don’t rush; just gently pull back on the shovel to loosen the earth. Remove the loosened dirt with your hands and lay down two to three inches of fresh mulch along the edge of the boundaries before removing the string.

You can periodically use a pair of edging shears to maintain the clean borders you’ve created — keeping your lawn and mulch in their proper place.

Do you have a larger project in mind that requires a Home Improvement Architect?

Contact Rose Architects today to learn about our cost effective solutions to your home improvement needs. From interior renovations to complete additions, we can help you with any aspect of your home improvement project.

Is an Architect Necessary For Remodeling and Renovation Projects? 

Investing in a Renovation Architect at the onset of your project will save you time and money as the work progresses. 

An Architect can be the key to a beautiful and functional remodel project. But the cold hard truth is that design pros can add unforeseen expenses to your job. For what situations does it make sense to hire a Renovation Architect? Here are the three most common reasons to hire an Architect when starting a remodeling project.

1. The building department requires a Renovation Architect


Sometimes the building department requires that you have an Architect or Engineer sign off on all drawings submitted for permit. If it is a requirement where you live, then you will literally have no choice. It is in your best interest to hire an Architect asap to avoid extra costs.

Hire an architect early to avoid problems later on

The sooner an Architect is on your team, the sooner she or he can start making informed design decisions. The goal is ALWAYS to make construction go as smoothly as possible. In addition, the reason the building departments have this requirement is for the protection of consumers.

2. A Florida Licensed Architect can take your job to the next level


Contractors are irreplaceable and amazing at what they do. One of their main jobs is to get your project built as quickly and safely as possible. They know how a building comes together although sometimes the aesthetic outcome is not as important as the fact that the project has been completed. By hiring a Renovation Architect, you are bringing in a true third party that brings a keen design eye to your project.

3. Architects can also be your engineer AND interior designer


What many consumers are not aware of is that Architects are actually trained in all facets of design. This includes some light engineering and interior design as well. Legally, an Architect can sign off on the design of most engineering systems and all interior design.  The inverse is not true though. Interior designers and engineers cannot sign off on all Architecture plans. In some instances you may have a structural engineer sign a complete drawing set. More recently the building departments have been pushing for only Architectural Drawings to be signed and sealed only by an Architect.

What does a Renovation Architect actually do?

So now that you understand the three top reasons for hiring a Renovation Architect for your remodeling/renovation project, what exactly does an Architect do?!

Architects are jacks of oh-so-many trades. We are trained in buildings’ design, engineering, and functionality. At the kickoff of your renovation project, your Architect will listen to your exact project scope, organize all project goals, and coordinate the required drawings from start to finish. Often times they even act like the project manager, organizing and coordinating any required outside consultants. Some examples are: geotechnical engineer, color designer, kitchen designers, etc.

Depending on the type of arrangement you have with your Architect, they can prepare something as simple as a general floor plan layout to be used for HOA approval. They can also make a complete, comprehensive set of construction documents that have all details necessary to create a beautiful project. Alternatively, their scope of services can end up somewhere in the middle. An example is the creation of a Permitting Drawing Set. This is comparable to Construction Documents minus all of the extra detail drawings.

What is the cost range for a licensed Florida Renovation Architect? 

Architects bill in multiple ways – the three most common options are per hour, as a percentage of project cost, and flat fee. The general ranges are:

Per hour: ±$100
Percentage of project cost: 5% to 20%
Flat fee: $1,000 – $2,000 on a $20,000 job

Ready to hire an Architect, or at least chat with one? 

We thought you’d never ask! Please call us today at 954-873-9007 or if you’d prefer feel free to contact Rose Architects via our webform. Click here to verify our business license on the Florida DBPR website.