How to size your home? Use our worksheet!

How to size your home? Use our worksheet! When planning a new home, determining the right size at the onset can be difficult. Many variables can contribute to its size—including varying homeowner needs, vaulted ceilings, two-story spaces, or outdoor spaces. What’s more, some municipalities or HOAs set minimum and maximum size. Many [...]

Home Standby Generator

Home Standby Generator The recent power outages across Texas and the work-from-home trend highlight the need for a home standby generator. Home standby generators (HSG), like AC units, are installed on a concrete pad exterior to a home and provide emergency power when electrical service power is cut off. In the late [...]

Installing Radon Mitigation System

Installing Radon Mitigation System If you live in the Midwest, Northern Plains, or Mountain West states, the odds are fairly high you need an active radon mitigation system installed. For existing homes, if you are located in a Zone 1 or 2 county, the odds are very high it has unsafe radon [...]

Solar panels contain lead—did you know that?

SOLAR PANELS CONTAIN LEAD-DID YOU KNOW THAT? Clients frequently ask about installing solar panels on their homes. Saving on energy costs while reducing CO2 emissions is consider a win-win, but when homeowners realize photovoltaic (PV) panels contain lead, that can complicate the equation. According to a Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy study conducted [...]

Asbestos and Older Homes

ASBESTOS AND OLDER HOMES Due to the fire and corrosion resistance of the naturally occurring mineral, Asbestos was used in a wide range of home products until the 1970s. Undisturbed, asbestos poses no threat. However, the minute the owner of an older home decides to drill into drywall, remove floor tiles, remove their [...]


FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM HOME RETROFIT A portion of our professional service is dedicated to fire remediation remodels. This work provides great insight into both the initial cause and how a fire spreads through a structure. In older homes, fires can start by old “knob and tube” wiring, new HVAC systems wired incorrectly to [...]

Shorewood Board of Appeals Approval – Property Line Construction

Legal Nonconformity Hoffmans Architecture recently received a Shorewood Board of Appeals (BOA) approval, to remodel and expand an existing nonconforming structure located in three zoning, side and back, setback areas including a lot line demising wall. The approval utilized the Special Exception criteria under the Village’s ordinance [...]

Whitefish Bay Architectural Review Commission Approval – Palisades

Palisades Hoffmans Architecture recently received a Whitefish Bay Architectural Review Commission (ARC) approval, without conditions of approval, for a 2nd story addition to an existing 1950’s residence. The approval followed our guidelines for a successful ARC approval, which can be found in the Home Building Resources section of [...]


Ad Hoc Residential Teardown/Rebuild Review Committee On December 18, 2017, the Whitefish Bay Village board approved the creation of an Ad Hoc Residential Teardown/Rebuild Review Committee. The first meeting will be on January 15 at 5pm before the Village board meeting at 6pm. The impetus to create this committee came from citizen concerns [...]


IS YOUR HOUSE PROPERLY INSULATED? Over the last year, I’ve been asked by several do-it-yourselfers how to prevent either interior condensation or external ice damming from occurring at their homes. Most of these issues are located around second-floor bathrooms, which are rooms that have elevated concentrations of interior moisture and Wintertime heat. Inevitably, [...]