Melissa Colombo: I Support ADUs for Future-Proofing Our Homes

Headshot of Melissa ColumboBy Melissa Columbo

Fred15: Tell us about yourself-what is your profession, and how long have you lived and worked in Fredericksburg?

I have lived in the City of Fredericksburg since 2002 and bought my 1930s bungalow in 2003. I am a licensed architect with extensive experience working in the city and its historic district. I also serve on the Board of the Directors for Fredericksburg Virginia Main Street.

Fred15: What are your specialties as an architect: residential, commercial, and what types of properties?

My work within the city includes both residential and commercial projects inside and outside the city’s historic district. Projects include: adaptive reuse, change of use designations, renovations, additions, tenant fit-outs, feasibility consultations and new construction. I regularly have to provide code analyses to determine if a client’s project is feasible within the parameters of zoning restrictions, as well as building code regulations. It’s a process I would describe as a dance within a Puzzle.

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