Home Design and Property Secrets You Need to Know

property secrets
hpd architect + interiors

How do you know if a home is going to be easy to renovate? What secrets could your house be hiding from you and how do you find out? Architect and Host, Laura Davis will walk you through how to research a property to reveal potential deal breakers and problems that will make remodeling or adding onto a home difficult or even impossible.

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In Episode 78 of The Architecture Happy Hour Podcast, Laura shares tips on how to research a property to uncover the secrets it’s hiding. Start by investigating your property on three levels:

  • County Appraisal District
  • City Zoning
  • Property Survey

Watch out for these potential deal breakers:

  • Floodplain
  • Max lot coverage
  • Noncompliant or unpermitted structures

Other information sources to check are:

  • HOA Architectural Review Board
  • Property deed restrictions


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VP, Architect, hpd architecture + interiors
Laura Davis is a Texas and Colorado registered architect and interior designer, and a co-founder of hpd architecture + interiors. With a diverse portfolio spanning residential, commercial, retail, and historical projects, Laura’s heart lies with her specialty in Historic Preservation. She loves to revitalize older properties, cherishing their character and the stories they hold. Her true passion lies in understanding her clients deeply, uncovering their desires and motivations, and crafting designs that turn houses into cherished homes.

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Laura Davis is a registered architect and interior designer in the state of Texas and Colorado, and a founding member of hpd architecture + interiors. Laura's extensive experience includes residential as well as commercial and retail projects.  She also has a particular interest in restoration, holding a certificate in Historic Preservation. She is energized by the character of older homes and the stories of those who have lived there. Responding to the needs of the current owner, while also honoring the personality of the original home is a delicate process to be enjoyed.

Laura Davis

Vice President, Architect, Interior Designer Principal , hpd architecture + interiors