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 our website.

To garner support we solicited adjacent neighbor support by providing photographic type presentation material to illustrate both the existing property, and the proposed design solution. Below is the approved design. Slide the bar to the right to see the existing house, and side the bar left to see the proposed addition. Their letter of support was presented to the Architectural Review Commission as part of our hearing submittal. The Architectural Review Commission welcomes neighborhood input, and the more positive responses obtained from your neighbors will increase your odds of approval.

Three-dimensional imagery not only helps neighbors understand a proposed design solution but also it helps ARC board members too. At Hoffmans Architecture we feel 3D imagery either by hand sketches or with computer modeling is the best means of communicating architectural solutions. In addition to 3D imagery we clearly define the proposed work area and scope on our drawings. It is important the ARC understands what is being altered and what is not being altered. This helps focus the discussion, another key to a successful approval.

If you are considering starting a new home, addition or remodel to an existing property please contact Aaron Hoffmans, AIA at 414-600-1180 or