Annie Schwemmer knows firsthand what it means to do something right the first time. As a Yalecrest community neighbor and a founder of architectural firm Renovation Design Group, she has seen the gammet of home remodels around the city and in our neighborhood. Her opinion: there’s only one way to do it right, and it requires architectural expertise and planning. This advice is especially valuable if you are considering renovating in a historic district like our Yalecrest neighborhood. Not only do homeowners need to consider their aesthetic and functional wants and needs, but also take into account the many zoning and permit requirements needed in a historic district, and the integration of their home design with their particular street’s look and feel. If I haven’t convinced you of the value of an architect in a home remodel, let Annie tell you about the added-value expertise an architect can bring to your home renovation. It’s hard to imagine navigating a renovation without one!