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and described what we wanted in a garage. He asked a lot of questions to help narrow down the project. Based on this session,"
created preliminary drawings which we received by email. We asked questions and suggested changes and then
created 5 sets of final drawings which are being used to obtain bids for the project. This was a very pleasant experience.
was quite thorough (the contractors have been able to give us estimates without any problem off of the drawings) and even provided the drawings in PDF format. He was very fast, surprising us with how quickly he completed the project.

-DAVE & SHARON P.

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"After purchasing the Big Deal, we waited a few weeks and then contacted the company to set up an appointment. The representative was on time when he came to our" house. He spent a long time talking over our wants and needs with us and he took notes as we talked. We were feeling really optimistic about the landscape plan. He left, saying he would draw up the plans and get back to us. Months passed. Finally we contacted the company again and made another appointment for him to come to the house and show us the plans. The plans were okay but he had forgotten to incorporate many elements that we discussed. He emailed us a pdf of the current plan and said he would update them to reflect our needs as well as deliver a hard copy. That was in June. Still haven't heard from him.

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Assuming this is new single family residential

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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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Our project was the update of a 2400 sq ft TV room stuck in the 70's. Our project received 19 submissions, mostly from US based designers but also submissions from India,
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Questions from the designers were posted on a common "wall" and answered by the client. Most of the submissions include colored renderings of their proposals with many including color and fabric recommendations. We were very pleased with the results and the whole process.
- Garry W.
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Our house is on a small 9 acre lake. I built our dock 30 years ago while the lake was dry (another long story). Hurricane
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, in 2004, lifted my posts out of the lake bed and left me with a shaky platform which continued to get worse over the years. We called
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, and he promptly developed a sketch and estimate to replace the dock.
It took a couple of weeks, because the work was interrupted by rainy weather. I'm impressed with the craftmanship - 6x6 supports, not 4x4's;
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the deck planks out for a few days to dry; mitered corners and perfect fit everywhere.
The price estimate came in somewhere between "it's a no-brainer - do it" and "no way", so we paused a little bit before signing on, but
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and his crew did a great job. I'd have them back again.
- JOE F.

Architects in Richmond

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ACW KITCHEN AND BATH

44 PLAZA DR
Manakin Sabot

Add A Deck Inc.

6408 Mallory Drive
Henrico

Alphin and Associates LLC

22 Villa Ave
Gordonsville

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHTCTS

2501 MONUMENT AVE
Richmond

ARCHITECTO

211 W 7TH ST
Richmond

ARCHITECTURAL & INTERIOR SVC

701 E FRANKLIN ST
Richmond

ARCON, Inc.

12025 Robson Street
Henrico

BAM ARCHITECTS

12 N 30th St
Richmond

BASKERVILL & SON

101 S 15TH ST
Richmond

BAXTER BAILEY & ASSOC

11 E FRANKLIN ST
Richmond

BCWH

1840 W BROAD ST
Richmond

Best Tile - Richmond

7490 W Broad Street
Henrico

BEYOND ORDINARY BOUNDARIES

700 E FRANKLIN ST
Richmond

BK Martin Inc

PO Box 14589
Richmond

BOSE CONSTRUCTION CO., LLC

10221 Krause Rd
Chesterfield

BOYNTON ROTHSCHILD ROWLAND

1011 E MAIN ST
Richmond

Cabana Boys

1801 Winding Way
North Chesterfield

Catherine Farmer Design

1519 Floyd Avenue
Richmond

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

CORNERSTONE ARCHITECTS

23 W BROAD ST
Richmond

Custom Home Solutions, LLC

7713 Woodman Road
Henrico

DE PASQUALE GENTILHOMME GROUP

18 W FRANKLIN ST
Richmond

DESIGN MANAGEMENT ASSOC INC

2119 E Franklin St Ste 102
Richmond

DuBose Renovation and Restoration LLC

1015 Borden Road
Richmond

E Pendleton Construction Inc

2406 Arrowood Rd
Midlothian

ED'S HOME REPAIR

10831 west broad st
Glen Allen

Efficient Comfort Air Conditioning

6066 Pond Grass Rd
Mechanicsville

ENTEROS DESIGN PC

314 EXCHANGE ALY
Petersburg

FREEMAN & MORGAN ARCHITECTS

7229 FOREST AVE
Richmond

GAINES GROUP

57 South Main St. Suite 201
Harrisonburg

GLAVE & HOLMES ASSOC

801 E MAIN ST
Richmond

GMJ Construction & Maintenance

5719 Cartersville Road
Powhatan

GRESHAM SMITH & PARTNERS

10 S 6TH ST
Richmond

GROVE DESIGN

7 N MONROE ST
Richmond

GWALTNEY FLEMING INC

1023 Park Avenue
Richmond

Haley Builders, Inc.

10102 Whitesel Road
Ashland

HENING VEST COVEY & CHENAULT

1710 E FRANKLIN ST
Richmond

HimmelHume Architecture

3800 Stillman Parkway, Suite 203
Henrico

HKS INC

411 E FRANKLIN ST
Richmond

HUFF-MORRIS ARCHITECTS

1700 Willow Lawn Dr Ste 220
Richmond

IRBY PAPIT & WINN ARCHITECTS

1127 W MAIN ST
Richmond

IRENOVATE inc

Charlottesville

ISLAND ARCHITECTS, LLC

2101 E Main St
Richmond

Jenkins Restorations

2102 N. Hamilton St
Richmond

JES Foundation Repair

1741 Corporate Landing Parkway
Virginia Beach

JOHANNAS DESIGN GROUP

1901 W CARY ST
Richmond

JOHN G LEWIS JR AIA ASSOC ARCH

2321 WESTWOOD AVE
Richmond

KELSO & EASTER ARCHITECTS

101 W BROAD ST
Richmond

kitchens ETC

19 South Belmont Ave
Richmond

KOP ARCHITECTS

211 RUTHERS RD
Richmond

L & M Carpet One Floor & Home

6156 Mechanicsville Tpke
Mechanicsville

LATHAM ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS

593 SOUTHLAKE BLVD
Richmond

MD Waterman Construction Co LLC

1610 Summit Ave.
Richmond

Miller Tyme Roofing and Construction, LLC.

5509 Pony Farm Drive
Richmond

MOSELEY ARCHITECTS

3200 Norfolk St
Richmond

ODELL ASSOCIATES

2700 E Cary St
Richmond

ODELL ASSOCIATES INC

823 E MAIN ST
Richmond

Perkinson Homes Inc

PO Box 278
Chesterfield

Professional Design Group

338 Rexmoor Terrace
Richmond

R Michael Cross Design Group

2517 E Grace St
Richmond

R.W.Shaw Construction LLC

5430 Solaris Dr
Chesterfield

RBS Services

425 E. Ellerslie Ave
Colonial Heights

Redmark Design

1824 LARKHILL LN
Richmond

Renovate America

2704 Timber Court
Henrico

RGA-SSA ARCHITECTS OF VA

10 E FRANKLIN ST
Richmond

Richardson Surveying and Mapping Services, LLC

430 Southlake Boulevard
Richmond

Ridout Design Co.

7325 Iron Bridge Road
Richmond

RIVER CITY DESIGN

1720 E CARY ST
Richmond

RML ARCHITECTURE & ENGRNG

303 CEDAR ST
Richmond

ROBERT L BORUM & ASSOC

6512 PATTERSON AVE
Richmond

Robert S. Jarrelle Construction

4522 Heidi Terrace
Midlothian

Rolyn Companies

2850 Ansol Lane
Virginia Beach

ROUTE 6 Renovations

1009 Orchard Rd
Richmond

RVL CONTRACTORS INC

4795 BETHLEHEM RD
Richmond

SCRIBNER MESSER BRADY & WADE

1329 E CARY ST
Richmond

SEABOARD SERVICES

211 N 18TH ST
Richmond

Shepherd Land Planning PLC

1 N 5th St
Richmond

Simplex Industries

1 Simplex Dr.

SMBW ARCHITECTS

111 Virginia St Ste 111
Richmond

SPACE INC

2530 W MAIN ST
Richmond

SPB STUDIO

3129 W FRANKLIN ST
Richmond

STILES L BARTLEY ARCHITECTS

7420 WHITEPINE RD
Richmond

STUCCO UNION

804 WESTOVER HILLS BLVD
Richmond

STUDIO Z

507 E MAIN ST
Richmond

Studio Z Architecture, Inc

3020 Sandy Bluff Place
Henrico

Sunflower Solar

1521 West Main Street
Richmond

SWA ARCHITECTS

1359 W BROAD ST
Richmond

SWA CONSTRUCTION

1901 E MAIN ST
Richmond

Tennessee Designs

9023 2b Forest Hill ave

Terre Design Studio

203 N Davis Ave # A
Richmond

THE FRAHER FIRM ARCHITECTURE/PLANNING

3139 Stony Point Road
Richmond

TOTAL FACILITY SOLUTIONS INC

2529 MECHANICSVILLE PIKE
Richmond

Virginia Window & Remodeling Inc

7122 Forest Hill Ave
Richmond

Watershed Architects

1309-B West Main Street
Richmond

WE Bowman Construction Inc

3715 Belt Blvd
Richmond

Westview Companies

2508 Turkey Creek Road
Oilville

WILL & COSBY DRAFTING INC

1105 Hillside Avenue
Henrico

WILLIAM HENRY HARRIS & ASSOC

412 W FRANKLIN ST
Richmond

WINKS-SNOWA ARCHITECTS

2119 E FRANKLIN ST
Richmond

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