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Assuming this is new single family residential

makes the answer more simple.

Small towns = small fees and ability to trunkate the voulme of plans required to insure a good job.  It's from this perspective I'll attempt to corral these wild horses, answers architect have given prior.

 

Always attempt to get a by-the-hour rate, never a $/sf - they know how to play the game better than you in the latter and the former honesty is guaranteed by their state license board.

 

Never accept draftsmen to be placed in charge of your project, regardless of architect, engineer, surveyor, etc. even though rates may be charged lower, the product quality is even less than these charges with plenty of errors/omissions/oversights in planning when the licensed overseeer gets busy on other projects.

 

If you like the projects produced, obtain favorable references, then the hourly rate should be $60-120/hr small town.  No, you don't associate cost vs quality.  Look at overhead, employees ... if pronounced, then your fees go to pay for all these = less money/time devoted to your project.

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Architect first - for around $1000 typically you will get site consultation, a few sketches showing what you said you wanted, and a preliminary (by the book) cost estimate - that you can use to figure if your budget or scope of work needs major adjustment. Then, if you go ahead, typically about 10-20% of total project cost for complete plans and specs (including above cost), depending on complexity and level of interior design detail, and if construction inspection services are included.

 


 
 
Generally, nothing is free with an architect - unlike a contractor where a bit of consultation and a rough estimate is a lead-in to the actual work he hopes to get (the construction/repair) and part of his bidding cost, an architect (and engineer) makes his living giving advice and consultation and developing designs and cost estimates - so giving it away for free is sort of like a dentist doing sample fillings for free. Some will come to your house to discuss your concepts for 15-20 minutes for free, basically to see if they want to take you on as a client or feel your job is the type or size they want, but you should expect little or nothing in the way of a design or cost estimate for free - the most you might get would be an opinion on whether it sounds, off the cuff, like your budget is roughly in line with your desired scope of the project.
 
 
On more complex or up-scale remodels, it is not unusual to contact several architecture firms and request proposals - where they basically come see the site, then give you a sketch or few or more common today, computer-generated altered photos of your place, showing conceptually what they can do for you, then you choose the one you like the most and go with that one for final design. Typically $500-1000 range fee (each) to get that done for small jobs, larger jobs will typically be no charge but that assumes probably $25-50,000 plus anticipated fees if they get the job.
 
 
Bear in mind in the latter scenario you cannot pick and choose betweenthe best parts of each proposal - the architect owns the design and it is copyrighted, so while you can choose bui9lding elements (dormers, bay windows, etc) from any of the proposals, specific design or color combinations are copyrighted by the proposer.
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is a great designer and helped up tremendously in picking the correct cabinets - and granite and came up with a great design. The problems came after the order went in. They had supplier problems, and I had some quality issues that have never gotten resolved - by here husband Saied who handled all the installs and warranty issues. After going back and forth for almost 2 years - it looks like they are no longer in business as their website is non functional and their phone is disconnected. Bottom line - they at least made some attempt at helping you as long as you owed them money. After final payment was made - getting them to do anything for you was non-existent.
- James G.
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It was suburb! Over a space of 3 years, he designed with our architect a retaining wall 137 ft long and 34 ft tall (17 ft underground). The wall saved my home from sliding and is so well constructed and designed that it will last 200 years and will withstand a 9.0 earthquake.
- Douglas C.
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We LOVED Ed (the owner)!! He was the fourth contractor/architect who had come out to our home to discuss the addition of an in-law suite to our bi-level home. He was the ONLY one who listened to us, discussed any possible difficulties then provided solutions according to what WE wanted! He wasn't proposing grandiose options (as some of the others had done) or looking to talk us into doing more than what we wanted/needed. Ed was knowledgeable, pleasant and professional. The verbal estimate was extremely reasonable. We were very, very impressed with the initial meeting and are hoping to work with him for this addition as he left us feeling confident that our home would be in good hands. I will provide another review and/or update this one as our project progresses.
- Terry F.
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Our home was missing insulation from the attic of the home, should be R-30 or R-32, and we actually only had R-13 or R15 down the center of the home. Being a modular home, the insulation may have blown out during transit to our property. The house was build in August 2014, and luckily we discovered the need for insulation within our warranty period so it was taken care of at no cost to us.
- Page W.
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We hired
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to design a home for us. It was to be a net zero highly energy efficient home. We asked if he could do that. He said he could. We also gave him a very clear budget. He designed us a very lovely home that was in no way within our price range. We reiterated our price range. We paid him AGAIN to design it. The second design further did not fit our price range. We paid him in full and ended our relationship with him. We now have a builder who is working with us on meeting our price range. Mr.
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is calling and asking for details about our project and telling us that the plans we paid for twice are his property and that we cannot use them to get building permits unless we hire him for an additional $40,000 to oversee the builder.
- Deb H.
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The interaction was fantastic.
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's knowledge & experience combined with personality allows for an engaging conversation.
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provides many thoughtful insights not only from a structural standpoint, but from a complete design standpoint. The work-ups that he provides are extremely thorough allow for an accurate assessment of costs.
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was punctual for his appointment and punctual in the delivery of the above noted documentation. Would not hesitate to recommend
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for large scale complex projects.
- Garrison A.
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I was told the whole job would take one week to complete. First, they were supposed to start the following Monday to demolish the existing stairs, they did not show until Thursday and only partially demolished them. They did not resume the demolish and clean-up until the following week, approximately Wednesday after I called Mr.
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. It ended up taking 3 weeks because they wouldn't show up for days at a time. When they finally finished and came for the final payment, I expressed concern over the graded slope of the top landing. He said that was for the drainage. Upon consulting with an acquaintance in the construction business with pictures of the finished job, I was told that there was too much slope and it looked terrible. In addition, the 3rd step is loose and rattles with you step onto it, the joints have gaps without mortar/cement and the railing is already peeling in spots where it was not cleaned off properly. I contacted Mr.
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the following Monday about my concerns and that I wanted them corrected. Each time I called, he would promise to be there the following day to fix it. Three or four days would pass with no sign of him. I'd call again, and the same promise was made to be there the next morning. It is now 4 weeks since my first call and complaint. My husband doesn't think small claims court will do anything and it will probably cost us more money and still not get the job done. What can I do?
- Teresa B.
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It was difficult to schedule the appointment as the provider did not want to come this far away. I provided measurements and pictures. It took some time to get someone (a designer) to come. They were to make recommendations and the eventual digital pictures of their design. The recommendations seemed
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and not with my desires in mind. The pictures were not useful.
- Elizabeth C.

Architects in Birmingham

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ADA CONSULTANTS-EVAN TERRY

1 PERIMETER PARK S
Birmingham

ADAMS DESIGN ASSOC

2 20th St N Ste 940
Birmingham

AHO ARCHITECTS

265 Riverchase Pkwy E Ste 204
Birmingham

ALBERTO CHIESA ARCHITECT INC

600 LAKESHORE PKWY
Birmingham

ARC ARCHITECTS INC

2027 1ST AVE N
Birmingham

ARCHITECTURAL OPENINGS INC

PO BOX 531183
Birmingham

B PHILLIPS INC

1305 KINGSWAY LN
Birmingham

Banks Home Building Inc

4206 Brasher Dr
Birmingham

BASELINE CONSULTANTS INC

2110 Devereux Cir
Birmingham

BEACON INSURANCE CO

1 INDEPENDENCE PLZ
Birmingham

BILL SHEPPARD

1104 WOODWINDS CIR
Birmingham

BIRCHFIELD PENUEL & ASSOC

2805 CRESCENT AVE
Birmingham

BLACK DESIGN ARCHITECTURE

2830 19TH PL S
Birmingham

BLACK DESIGN ARCHITECTURE

2121 1ST AVE N
Birmingham

Blackmon Rogers Architects LLC

PO Box 530031
Birmingham

BLALOCK GOLF DESIGN-GLEN DAY

2201 2ND AVE N
Birmingham

BURELL GROUP PC

300 CAHABA PARK CIR
Birmingham

C B & A PROJECT MGMT SVC

300 Cahaba Park Cir Ste 220
Birmingham

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north
Birmingham

Cal-Yo Buildings

1460 Al Highway 157
Cullman

CARRAWAY & ASSOC INC

2177 11TH CT S
Birmingham

CERANIMA LLC

1713 SAULTER RD
Birmingham

CHARLES WILLIAMS & ASSOC INC

3601 8TH AVE S
Birmingham

CHIESA DESIGN INC

600 LAKESHORE PKWY
Birmingham

CLA ARCHITECTURE INC

504 BROOKWOOD BLVD
Birmingham

CMH ARCHITECTS

1800 INTERNATIONAL PARK
Birmingham

COHEN CARNAGGIO REYNOLDS

2920 1ST AVE S
Birmingham

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

CONSTRUCTION CONSULTING ENGNRS

PO Box 361587
Birmingham

CTSM ARCHITECTS INC

530 BEACON PKWY W
Birmingham

D & E

3405 BOISE AVE SW
Birmingham

D F HUGHES CONSTRUCTION, Inc.

P.O. Box 382904
Birmingham

DALE MICHAEL ERIC DESIGNER

935 LANDALE RD
Birmingham

DAVID & CO ARCHITECTS INC

2208 7TH AVE S
Birmingham

DAVID & KAREN'S JOINT VENTURE

27 SHADES CREST RD
Birmingham

DAVID JONES JR ARCHITECT

8120 9TH AVE S
Birmingham

DAVIDSON DESIGN GROUP INC

2229 1ST AVE S
Birmingham

DAVIS ARCHITECTS

120 23RD ST S
Birmingham

DESIGN HENNECY

2121 1ST AVE N
Birmingham

DESIGNFORM INC

2 20TH ST N
Birmingham

DOMAIN DESIGN BUILD CO

1314 COBB LN S
Birmingham

DORSEY ARCHITECTS & ASSOC INC

2301 1st Ave N Ste 101
Birmingham

DRAPER & ASSOC

3500 BLUE LAKE DR
Birmingham

DUNGAN & NEQUETTE ARCHITECTS

1906 Cahaba Rd
Birmingham

DURHAM & WEHRMAN ENGINEERING

3325 LORNA RD
Birmingham

EDWARD BAILEY

206 WINDSOR DR
Birmingham

EES Energy Consulting

5821 W. Sam Houston Parkway N #400

EMORY KIRKWOOD & ASSOC

2758 HANOVER CIR S
Birmingham

ERDREICH ARCHITECTURE

205 20th St N Ste 314
Birmingham

EVAN TERRY ASSOC ARCHITECTS

1 PERIMETER PARK S
Birmingham

EXFORD

110 12TH ST N
Birmingham

EXFORD LLC

950 22nd St N Ste 825
Birmingham

FORMWORKS ARCHITECTS INC

3000 7TH AVE S
Birmingham

FORTINBERRY ASSOCIATES

300 VESTAVIA PKWY
Birmingham

FULLER & THOMPSON ARCHITECTS

1121 18TH ST S
Birmingham

GARDNER ARCHITECTS LLC

1901 Cahaba Rd
Birmingham

GARRISON BARRETT GROUP

2901 2ND AVE S
Birmingham

GEORGE HUNTER JR & ASSOC

4701 AVENUE
Birmingham

GEORGE M PHILLIPPI

4 OFFICE PARK CIR
Birmingham

GIATTINA FISHER AYCOCK ARCHT

1827 1ST AVE N
Birmingham

GOODWYN MILLS & CAWOOD

2701 1ST AVE S
Birmingham

GRESHAM SMITH & PARTNERS

3595 GRANDVIEW PKWY
Birmingham

Griffin Building Group, LLC.

P.O. Box 660165
Birmingham

Harmony Remodeling

217 Country Club Park
Birmingham

HAROLD L FOSHEE ARCHITECTS

1776 INDEPENDENCE CT
Birmingham

HENDON & HUCKESTEIN ARCHITECTS

2126 MORRIS AVE
Birmingham

HENRY SPROTT LONG & ASSOC

3016 CLAIRMONT AVE S
Birmingham

HERRINGTON ARCHITECTS PC

101 RICHARD ARRINGTON JR S ST
Birmingham

HILLHOUSE & ASSOC LLC

1200 BEACON PKWY E
Birmingham

HISTORIC ARCHITECTURAL

1130 22ND ST S
Birmingham

HISTORICAL HOMECRAFTERS INC

932 Copena Dr
Pelham

HKW ASSOC

2 20th St N Ste 1120
Birmingham

HOLLINGSWORTH CAREY ARCHITECT

2933 VIRGINIA RD
Birmingham

HONOURS GOLF CO LLC

1960 STONEGATE DR
Birmingham

HORIZON DESIGN

2816 CULVER RD
Birmingham

ISRAEL & ASSOC INC

2730 19TH ST S
Birmingham

JAMES F CARTER INC

2100A SOUTHBRIDGE PKWY
Birmingham

JASON D SOOTER ARCH & PLANNING

203 BONITA DR
Birmingham

JIM WATERS & ASSOC

209 22ND ST N
Birmingham

JOHN H EARWOOD ARCHITECT

1608 13TH AVE S
Birmingham

JOHN M HOLMES

1220 RIVER RD
Birmingham

KAHN SOUTH INC

2821 2ND AVE S
Birmingham

KARLSBERGER COMPANIES

2509 7TH AVE S
Birmingham

KATHERINE S OWENS

2814 PETTICOAT LN
Birmingham

KHAFRA ENGINEERS-PRO CONSLTNG

1601 5TH AVE N
Birmingham

KPS GROUP INC

2101 1ST AVE N
Birmingham

KRUMDIECK A+ DESIGN INC

2226 1ST AVE S
Birmingham

LARRY T WALLS & ASSOC

9 OFFICE PARK CIR
Birmingham

LATHAN ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS

1736 OXMOOR RD
Birmingham

LYN CHAPPELLE & ASSOC INC

PO Box 530874
Birmingham

MARCIA UNGER DESIGN SVC INC

2250 HIGHLAND AVE S
Birmingham

MARK C LINDSAY

16 OFFICE PARK CIR
Birmingham

MASTER'S TOUCH CONSTRUCTION

7700 SUNRISE CIR
Birmingham

MC CAULEY ASSOCIATES INC

925 SHADES GLEN DR
Birmingham

Mels Remodeling LLC

4025 Young Ave Unit C

MORRISON SCHEIRER ARCHITECTS

612 32nd St S
Birmingham

NEWBANKS INC

5120 SELKIRK DR
Birmingham

OWENS & WOODS

214 24TH ST N
Birmingham

Paradigm Architecture

2223 Cheat Road

PARSONS WIBLE BRUMAL ALKIRE

500 CHASE PARK S
Birmingham

PAUL B KREBS & ASSOC

2100 RIVER HAVEN DR
Birmingham

PETE PRITCHARD INC

4124 CROSSHAVEN LN
Birmingham

PKA ARCHITECTS INC

2100 1ST AVE N
Birmingham

POOLE & CO ARCHITECTS LLC

2 20TH ST N
Birmingham

PRO CONSTRUCTION LLC

1104 DUNNAVANT VALLEY RD
Birmingham

RANDY BRITTON

133 MONTEVALLO LN
Birmingham

REDFORD GOLF GROUP

5060 MEADOW BROOK RD
Birmingham

RENAISSANCE DESIGNS

2615 CRESTWOOD BLVD
Birmingham

RLG III ARCHITECTS

3629 MOUNTAIN LN
Birmingham

ROB WALKER ARCHITECTS

2229 1ST AVE S
Birmingham

RODNEY L SARTAIN INC

1909 COURTNEY DR
Birmingham

Rolyn Companies

561 Thornton Road

Rolyn Companies, Inc.

5706 Frederick Ave

Rose Offices Systems, Inc

PO Box 608
Saginaw

S COHN & SON

2780 PINSON VALLEY PKWY
Birmingham

Sharp Remodeling Birmingham

4691 Trussville Clay Road

SHEPARD & DAVIS

1102 20th St S # D
Birmingham

SHERLOCK SMITH & ADAMS INC

2101 MAGNOLIA AVE S
Birmingham

SIMS ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO

2318 2ND AVE S
Birmingham

SIMS ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO INC

215 29TH ST N
Birmingham

STANDARD CREATIVE LLC

PO Box 131424
Birmingham

STOUT ARCHITECTURE INC

PO Box 26664
Birmingham

STRATEGIC GOLF DESIGN

400 WINDSOR DR
Birmingham

TAYLOR DAWSON & ASSOC

310 RICHARD ARRINGTON JR 100A
Birmingham

TAYLOR DESIGN ASSOC INC

1572 MONTGOMERY HWY 206
Birmingham

Terra Vista Landscaping, LLC

4875 Tidwell Circle
Birmingham

THOMAS PAUL BATES ARCHITECTURE

2336 20TH AVE S
Birmingham

THOMPSON ARCHITECTURE LLC

2913 Cahaba Rd
Birmingham

Tim Barron, Architect, Inc.

212 Eden View Drive
Birmingham

TLK Construction

2139 Cheshire Dr
Birmingham

TOWN & CNTRY DESIGN STUDIO

1833 BURNING TREE CIR
Birmingham

TRAWEEK ASSOC INC

1300 BEACON PKWY E
Birmingham

TRI ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR

1082 COLUMBIANA RD
Birmingham

TRO JUNG BRANNEN

2200 LAKESHORE DR
Birmingham

TURNER BATSON ARCHITECTS

1950 STONEGATE DR
Birmingham

Univ Alabama Schl Medcn NSG

510 20th St S
Birmingham

W SCOTT ANDERTON ARCHITECTS

2004 2ND AVE N
Birmingham

WALTER C ANDERTON

3889 S SHADES CREST RD
Birmingham

Williams & Associates

1535 Delton Place
Birmingham

Williams & Associates

6605 Avenue N
Birmingham

WILLIAMS BLACKSTOCK ARCHITECT

2204 1ST AVE S
Birmingham

WISDOM & ASSOC

4020 CHARRING CROSS LN
Birmingham

WOLNSKI SCHEDULING SVC

1500 URBAN CENTER DR
Birmingham

Woodworking Dynamics

1615 Sprott Dr
Montgomery

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