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Jerold Axelrod established
his own architectural firm specializing in
residential design in 1972. Almost 35 years
and 35,000 housing units later, his designs,
which include town houses and apartments, as
well as single-family residences, have won
numerous awards and have been built throughout
the United States, Canada and abroad.
Axelrod holds a Bachelor
of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute.
He is a licensed architect in eight
states and holds a certificate from the National
Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
He holds dual membership in the American
Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American
Institute of Building Design (AIBD), and
is also active in National Association of
Home Builders (NAHB) activities. He is a
Life Spike as well as a Life Director of
his local Long Island Builders Institute.
He is also a past President of the Council
of Publishing Home Designers.
Axelrod's professional articles
are widely published, and he has written three
books, including the recent Time saver Standards-Plans
for Adding on or Remodeling, published by McGraw
Hill, which includes a disk full of design
ideas for remodeling older homes. His home
designs have appeared in virtually every publication
devoted to home design.
Jerry refers to his design
philosophy as the "three F's": functional,
flawless, 'furnishable' floor plans that are
exciting to live in and readily furnished,
something overlooked all too often.
A successful home design
considers the needs of the ultimate homeowner,
including their likely furnishings. The ability
to furnish can often conflict with exterior
design as concerns window placement, especially
in formal, traditional homes. Compromise is
often necessary, but in a small home, Axelrod's
credo dictates that the ability to furnish
cannot be compromised, which creates a huge
challenge to the architect. Smaller homes,
Axelrod believes, call for uncomplicated, well-organized
designs, that efficiently utilize all the space
provided. Such designs should visually stretch
existing space, and, as such, his designs provide
open, inter-connecting spaces that make rooms
look and function larger than they really are.
Hallways are minimal in such a home, thus further
freeing square footage for living. Even his
larger custom homes employ these design concepts,
as well as providing dramatic volume with high
ceilings plus stunning window designs, luxurious
kitchens and baths and sumptuous master suite.
Axelrod does not create
new designs in any one single style - a function
of his region, where no one specific style
governs; country, neo-Victorian, post-modern,
European and even contemporary co-exist side
by side amongst his custom and builder clientele. "Our
designs provide great-looking, eclectic exteriors
in virtually every style", Axelrod says. "We
do not dictate taste, but cater to our clients'
varied preferences; we endeavor to take those
preferences and create designs that are absolutely
sound, uniquely attractive and highly marketable."
We welcome your comments
and input, and will endeavor to personally
answer your questions as they arise.
Each set of blueprints comprises
four to eight pages of drawings and include:
A. Exterior Elevations: showing the
front, rear, and side views with standard and
alternate material choices; all elevations
are usually ¼" scale.B. Foundation
plans: separate foundation plans are usually
provided for a basement/crawl space, and slab,
unless otherwise noted. All are drawn at ¼" scale
and include first floor framing information
for basement/crawl spaces, including beams,
girders, columns and piers. Some plans include
walk-out(daylight) basement options as well.C.
Floor plans: ¼" scale for each floor,
including all room dimensions, door and window
sizes and locations, stairways, kitchens, baths,
etc. Framing information for stick framed ceiling
beams and/or second floor framing is included.D.
Cross sections: ¼" scale cut-away
views for each distinct area, showing all framing,
ceiling details, heights, roof pitches, etc.E.
Roof plan: a separate roof plan is usually
provided showing all pitches, rafter sizes,
valley, hip and ridge locations, and areas
of double roof framing.F. Schematic electrical: shows
suggested locations for outlets, switches and
fixtures on either a separate drawing or directly
on the floor plans.G. Kitchen cabinets: schematic
drawings of all kitchen cabinets.In addition,
each blueprint order includes the following
extra helpful information:
H. Specifications: a separate 8 page
outline specification of most materials, construction
methods and techniques, in a format for customizing;
for use in obtaining bids and as a contract
document.I. Standard details: 2
additional drawing pages filled with standard
construction details.J. Energy conservation
details: 2 more drawing pages chock full
of drawings and ideas on how to build to conserve
energy.K. Making changes: finally we
include a separate 6 page primer on choosing
a contractor and making changes, as virtually
everyone makes some changes in building their
L. Concrete (ICF)
Plans: In keeping up with newer
technologies we offer a number of our house
plans for construction with insulated concrete
walls. If the plan you are interested in
offers a choice of "Concrete (ICF)" as
an availiable foundation choice, these
plans have been modified to enable construction
of the entire home with Insulated Conrete
Forms (ICF). They could also be used to
build the home with concrete block, in
lieu of frame walls.
Notes: Due to significant regional variations,
details on the heating, cooling, ventilation,
plumbing and electrical wiring are not included.
These details and specifications are easily
obtained from your builder, subcontractors,
local suppliers, and utility companies. In
addition a site plan may be required; this
is readily furnished by your local surveyor.
Finally, code and local variances may require
some redesign of the foundation system, rafter
sizes (or truss design), flood protection,
seismic and wind requirements, etc. This information
is also easily obtained from your builder,
subcontractors, or local engineers.
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