Bud Dietrich, AIA

(847) 757-8001
www.hfdarchitects.com

Areas Served
Nationally and internationally

Business Description
My name is Bud Dietrich and I am an architect located in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. I am licensed to practice architecture in Illinois, Florida, New Jersey & Wisconsin and I am a certificate holder from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Since 1996 I have worked from my home office and provide full architectural services exclusively to the single family residential market. My passion is to transform my clients' houses into their homes. I strive to have the "new" home accommodate my clients' lives without fighting them at every junction. I look to add curb appeal to encourage a beautiful streetscape. And I design any addition to look and feel like it has always been there.

Our projects have won numerous design awards as well as having been featured on television (CBS News Sunday Morning, HGTV, CLTV, etc.), in magazines (Better Homes & Gardens, Trends, Womans Day, etc.) and in books (Taunton Press).

So don't hesitate to contact me if you're looking to transform your house into your home.
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New Port Richey, FL US 
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Bud Dietrich, AIA 
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3315 Lori Lane,
New Port Richey, Florida,
United States, 34655 
License #:
FLAR95221 IL, NJ & WI also 
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Sorry but I don't recall and couldn't find the info in my files.
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Any idea what was combined in the stain to make the color?
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Sorry but no idea
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It is a custom color that is a greenish gray.
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How to Design a Storybook Cottage

A client’s request: “Build me a house where Disney meets Tudor.” The architect explores the details that make the style Full Story
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mscharleys - beautiful house! hope the next steward is as loving towards it as you have been.
March 27, 2014 at 3:44pm     
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chrisinky
My first impression was that your garage was too square, so I love the picture Pamela Bateman posted with the curved top garage doors & trim. Can you add some of the roof support/beam looking things (sorry don't know what they're called) under the eaves like in Madson Design's cabin drawing above? Also if you can make the roof line of the portico & dormer a little more droopy/curvy like the curved roof on the corner?

I also love the hanging roses & a nice picket fence would be beautiful! Make sure the walk to the front door has some curve to it & its made from different sized stones & lined with flowers. And by all means add a garden gate, arch, or arbor with hanging vines.

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April 8, 2014 at 9:48am     
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lquammen
Came across this today while browsing at HGTV Gardens site. For those whose pocketbook is smaller than their home/garden dreams (like me!), maybe a little hobbit hole (add trees, vines, ferns), below. The blurb says suitable for sleepovers, tho' maybe just little kids:
"Wooden Wonders’ hobbit holes turn backyards into whimsical wonderlands. The brand-new playhouse version Woodshire, produced in Unity, Maine, is an enclosed space ideal for summer sleepovers and imagination-filled play dates, from $2,390 at www.wooden-wonders.com
April 8, 2014 at 11:56am     
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Bathroom Workbook: 12 Things to Consider for Your Remodel

Maybe a tub doesn’t float your boat, but having no threshold is a no-brainer. These points to ponder will help you plan Full Story
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semperfi94 - Hope all is well and have fun building your home.
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sharon06484 - I've never been smart enough to put the blocking in the right place for future concerns. Lining the framing with a layer of 3/4 inch plywood allows stuff to go anywhere when it needs to. It just means that you have to account for the extra material thickness when planning out the room.
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beverett1 - you might find this helpful:


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royalpayne
Yes, by all means, safety bars. And if not now, at least the blocking for them to be added later. In my 'Your new house' portfolio I plan to pass on, I have visually recorded every improvement we have done. Down to the studs pictures of blocking, electrical runs, plumbing, HVAC ducting, floor joist directions, types of underlayments under the hardwood and tile upgrades, insulation R factors and brands..... In short, every thing I wish had been passed on to me. Oh, and owners manuals of all appliances currently in the house. With their date of purchase and all warranty paperwork.
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love your art!
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Know Your House: Stair Design and Construction for a Safe Climb

Learn how math and craft come together for stairs that do their job beautifully Full Story
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kyhaigney
Hi Bud, is there any advantage to a deeper stair, beyond the 10 inch standard depth? We are building now and just got the stair order and i want to make sure it is right. Thank you!
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kyhaigney -

The actual tread depth is 11 inches because of the 1 inch overhang (or nosing). The 11 inches total is really quite comfortable for most (could be an issue for someone with a size 14 shoe). As for reviewing the drawings by the stair company (or any other supplier for that matter), it's always best to have your architect do it. Making sure things fit, meet code and are consistent with the design intent are what the architect does for you during construction.
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The Transformative Power of Ceiling Trim

Add structure and drama, create rhythm and much more by adding decorative trim overhead Full Story
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jeffbec51
Bud, can you address the possibility of "PAINTING" the ceiling? Most Florida homes are not so high and not practical for wood beams, etc. But the ceilings could be painted. This may take some courage?? Jeff
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franki7
I call it the fifth wall and LUV to embellish!! franki
March 19, 2014 at 10:12am     
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Get a Perfectly Built Home the First Time Around

Yes, you can have a new build you’ll love right off the bat. Consider learning about yourself a bonus Full Story
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skerry12 - Those are great questions and the kinds of things that the right architect / designer would ask before placing pencil to paper. Thanks
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Rachelle Borbely
My best advice....Simply know what you don't like. There are so many amazing options - it's frequently overwhelming, especially when it comes to sticking to/within a budget. You know you the best & you know how you will "live" in your home...go from there with confidence. :)
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jeanstryker
I agree, Rachelle. About the only good thing about how long this process takes is that it gives you time to see what stays in your mind. There is a ton of weeding. If you hate an idea now, you're probably going to hate it later. But even things you think you like may not hold up over time. If an idea or image keeps drawing you back, is inspirational, month after month, it's a keeper.
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