When considering home renovations, many go directly to a contractor without considering the design options or structural changes that might be possible. C3 Architecture & Design in Mason exists to provide custom options and insight before the tear down process begins.
Specializing in additions, renovations and remodels, C3 also offers the unique service of pre-purchase consultation. For this, a C3 representative accompanies the client to their potential new home and informs them if their renovation plans are possible before they make a purchase.
“When it comes to major modifications or changing anything structural, architects offer a vision,” C3 founder Mark Streicher explains. “Just like you would go to a medical specialist for a specific need, an architect is a specialist of home renovation.”
C3 also specializes in universal design, an approach that makes it easier to age in your home. Universal design allows for accessibility, ease of use and visitability by all. This can include everything from wide passage doors and zero step entrances to roll in showers and stairlifts.
C3 works directly with the client and collaborates with Creative Contracting, Inc. and Lauren Meyer Designs to create a clearly defined vision from the onset of a project. First, C3 visits the client’s home to learn what kind of renovation is desired and to assess the area to see if it will be possible. From there, Mark draws up a few design options for the client to choose from. Once a choice is made, the contractors are brought in to begin construction.
“Projects run much more smoothly when everyone is working for a common goal,” Mark comments. “As a result, expectations are known and met.”
Mark grew up in Cincinnati and studied architectural design at the University of Arizona. After completing his studies he immediately began working in building design with other firms before stepping out on his own in 2008. After briefly relocating to Florida, Mark and his wife Betty returned to Ohio in 2017 and he started C3 shortly after.
“I get the greatest satisfaction from taking a building that doesn’t work and making it work for the homeowners,” Mark says. “I strive for seamlessness and enjoy it when my work fits a home so well that people can’t tell what I did,” he laughs.
Mark is also the local Representative of the American Institute of Architects and helps to oversee the annual Cincinnati Canstruction Competition being held downtown starting April 7th. In this competition, some of the largest architecture and construction firms in town compete to create unique sculptures built completely out of canned goods.
The can structures are put on display in the Weston Art Gallery, the front lobby of the Aronoff Center for the Arts, the PNC Center, the Public Library of Cincinnati and other locations until April 27th. After the exhibition is over, all the can goods are donated to the Free Store Food Bank, which received over 100,000 cans from this event in 2019. More information can be found at CincinnatiCanstruction.org.
If you’re interested in receiving C3’s unique architectural insight for your next home improvement project, please contact them at C3Arc.com or by phone at 513-242-5999.