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does an excellent job. We were not aware that
was working on our project until he was in his own firm. Unfortunately," when we were working with the principle of the firm we originally hired to do the work our requests for changes were not communicated to
. Once
was working on his own and we had direct communication with him our project moved along.
came out immediately and met us at the property to discuss the project. During our communications we realized requests we had previously made had not made it to his desk when he was working for the other firm.
worked diligently to get as many changes made as possible.
's responses to our communications were always very timely which we appreciated very much since prior to working with
we had a very difficult time getting communication from the firm we originally hired.
listened to what we wanted and didn't discount what we were looking to do. Our previous experience with certain unnamed architects is that they gave us a lot of head nodding, but then continued to do what they envisioned and ignored the changes we requested.
listens and isn't so full of himself that he thinks he knows better than the client on what they want. Working with
was a refreshing change for us.

-J T.

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"We had meant to remodel our home for a while and found
on Angie's List. Unfortunately,
was booked and we hired" another architect upon a friend's recommendation. That architect was very unresponsive to our questions and we decided to terminate his services. Then we found that
could work us into his schedule and boy ! are we glad he did..
met us at our house several times to get a feel for what we were looking for. We were heavily influenced by drawings given to us by our home's previous owners.
was not averse to taking a look at those drawings to get an idea of our biases. In the end he gave us a design that dealt with our constraints (we wanted to retain the footprint of the house and reuse things that were not broken) , served our needs (children and elderly relatives) and worked with our personalities (by creating spaces to display our extensive collection of art). Communication is one of his strong points and we appreciated the fact that the did not take rejection of any of his design elements personally and was willing to see our point of view. Our home was built before the city had several current elements in its code, including the allowed impermeable area on our lot, height of walls close to the rear
of the property,....
communicated with our city code officer during the design process to ensure that the design that was submitted to the city was squeaky clean.
has not washed his hands off the project after giving us the drawings. He has been actively answering questions raised by our contractor.

-KANNAN K.

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Additions, such as this dormer designed by Stivison & Co., are a project that can benefit from the help of an experienced architect. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Suzanne B. of Houston)

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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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Architect Service reviews in King City

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's expertise, creativity and professionalism made this project extremely satisfying as well as fun. She listened carefully to our goals and concerns and the solutions she presented to us reflected that understanding. Her fees are based on an hourly rate so we felt we had good control over the design budget at each step of the process. She was always very responsive to our questions.
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was able to maximize the available bathroom space to create two comfortably sized and appointed bathrooms. The dream kitchen has a vaulted ceiling, two large skylights and a large pantry in addition to the improved cabinet space and countertops we asked for. The traffic flow within and around that space is now so much better. We have had rave reviews from everyone who has seen the transformed kitchen and bathrooms. Fantastic experience and outcome! We look forward to working with her on additional projects.
- Barbara H.
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We found
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in the advertisement section of Angie's List Magazine, and we are so glad that we did! He got back to us within 24 hours to set up an appointment and come to our home.
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was incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and attentive to our needs and preferences. He is a fantastic listener who gives feedback only when asked his opinion unlike many contractors who can be very aggressive with their ideas for your home. Getting an architect and having a plan in hand before getting bids from contractors is definitely the way to go!!! While we already had ideas for our kitchen and laundry remodel, we really needed
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to help us to design our new bonus room above the existing garage and the new staircase to access it.
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took pictures and measurements at the first meeting after listening to what we wanted. He kept communicating with us throughout the process and was able to send plans via PDF attachments via e-mail as well as bring the prints to our home in person. When we changed our mind about a few things in the kitchen after the preliminary drawings, he altered the plans without any problem. We are so happy with his plan for our new bonus room and staircase. He solved an issue that both we and a couple of contractors were
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over for many months. He also worked with us to design a functional, affordable, organized, and re-sellable kitchen/laundry area. His final plans include various views and elevations of the various construction areas, and they include many detailed construction notes. It is clear that much time, thought, and energy was put into the drawings to make sure that every detail and angle is illustrated/explained.
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charged us $2800 for the entire process (which was stated at the first meeting), and we have large blueprints as well as electronic copies of the final drawings. He divided the payments into thirds and provided a detailed invoice of services rendered: 1/3 retainer fee to begin the process, 1/3 design fee, and 1/3 construction drawings fee. He also stated that he would make himself available to us and to our contractor should any questions or issues arise during the construction/remodel phase.
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gave us an information sheet with recommended contractors as well as companies for cabinets, appliances, plumbing, lighting, interior design, tile, windows/doors/siding/gutters, tree removal, HVAC, framers, and surveyors all with whom he has worked. Though the homeowner can present
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We were a witness to it all as we stayed in the house throughout the entire project. I can honestly say they kept a very professional workspace, and performed at the highest level.
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was able to design each section of our project to our entire specifications, and show us how it could turn out prior to the construction on his ipad. The team we worked with were highly professional and became friends not just business associates. The work was completed on time and everything that was promised was completed as promised. The lighting looked amazing, especially with the lighting switches with the levels. The ceiling looks waaay better than before. My wife was impressed just as much as I was, thank you again.
- Luu W.
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For the "get-go,"
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was very informative about all the steps in the process of building our new home. We first heard about
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from a friend that had recently used their services. We went to the website and found a plan that was so close to what we wanted. We then called
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and made an appointment to make so personal changes to make things EXACTLY as we needed them. They always met the deadlines we set and made a lot of changes on the go. We couldn't be happier and the prices were great! We had shopped around for other designers in the area, as well as online and we're quite pleased. We believe we got far more than what we paid for. Although we plan to grow old in our
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- David W.
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was wonderful. He responded quickly, came when he said he would and gave me an estimate for doing the work. He also offered recommendations that are saving me a lot of money with this project. The drawing he provided me with were excellent. I plan to use him for all of my drafting needs as my company grows.
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I was never contacted by this company to get the work started. When I reached out to them a few months later, they were very apologetic, but unhelpful and obviously disorganized. I talked to
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- Blake B.
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Based off our initial meeting, I was already drawn towards Doggers through there professionalism, and ability to stand out from the rest of the contractors we met with in a knowledgeable standpoint. We ended up deciding that a follow up meeting was necessary including my wife.
Shortly after we contracted Doggers for the work.
Overall it was a great experience considering the length of the project and the way in which the stages were followed, no complaints here. End result turned out amazing. The kitchen completely functional, as opposed to the previous layout it had, and now with the addition of the laundry room we have more space. The bathrooms are amazing to look at. The tile work, and detail is perfectly symmetrical and clean, impressive. We never had an issue and they covered every detail as promised, so job well done.
- James T.
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was extremely professional and helpful. I need an architect to stamp some drawings that a friend did. While
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Thanks for the help,
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- Will H.

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ABILITY DRAFTING SVC

19020 Karen Dr
Salinas

Allterra Solar

207-B McPherson Street
Santa Cruz

Bradford Lynn Terry Construction

7441 Leafwood Drive
Prunedale

brilliantsedge cleaning

312 Parson Circle
Marina

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carver & Schicketanz Architects

3659 THE BARNYARD
Carmel

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

CWDesign Solutions

52 Eucalyptus Dr.
Watsonville

Davis & Associates

1292 Kifer Rd
Sunnyvale

DelReal Designs

108 Park st

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Engler Construction Co. Inc.

1679 Little River Drive
Salinas

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

HovickDesign

1737C Hickory St.
Sand City

J MICHAEL WADSWORTH ARCHITECT

119 SAN JUAN DRIVE
Salinas

J.R.G. Construction Co.

1245 Kenneth street.
Seaside

JEFF SCHNEIDEREIT ARCHITECTS

580 DOLLIVER ST
Pismo Beach

JM Construction, Inc.

8400 Capstan Circle
Bradley

Kenneth Chrisman Construction

8730 Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel

KREMER DESIGN GROUP

SW Corner Mission and 4th
Carmel By The Sea

Le Blanc Construction

527 Melrose Ave
Pacific Grove

Lehman Design Studio LLC

PO Box 1932
Carmel By The Sea

Liebes Architects

660 Mission St
San Francisco

Marc Beique, Inc.

1209 Harrison St.
Monterey

Monterey Bay Construction Inc.

510 Airport Road Suite B

Monterey Peninsula Construction

971 N. Main St Suite 14
Salinas

R CARMEL STONE

100 AIRPORT RD
King City

Universal Iron Doors Inc

11676 Tuxford St
Sun Valley

WESLEY BEEBE ARCHITECTURE

220 LYNN ST
King City

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