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to evaluate our major remodel plans, and then went ahead and worked with him to get plans to move" forward with our remodel. He did a good job listening to our wants and needs, and adjusting to our feedback. In addition to our ideas, he provided some good ideas that hadn't occurred to us, which improved the end result greatly, like turning our staircase to improve the flow of the kitchen remodel. We moved several walls and changed the layout of our spaces, and it feels much more functional and logical now. We actually just contacted him to use his services again.

-Adrienne B.

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"It wasn’t good. When I purchased the deal, it said measurement and estimate for kitchen or basement. When he got there, he said it was wrong and the deal was" for a kitchen and not a basement. He tried to make me feel guilty for doing the work. When I mentioned trying to get a refund, he changed his story and said he would still do the work.

-Joyce H.

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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 Manchester

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1. He claims a pay as you go model. You pay and he delivers just enough to make you think he's going to deliver . You then sit for months waiting for his team to show up and then actually finish a task.
2. He starts work without securing the appropriate permits even after many many many emails asking him to secure the permits before continuing the work.
3. He asks you to tell the city permit office the job was "started by another contractor" if asked so that he doesn't get in trouble. Fortunately, we were never asked but have the emails to prove we wanted him to get the permits in place. Contract was signed in January, permits issued in May. I believe he uses this as a way to get your money and then stall on delivery.4. He doesn't follow up on the quality--or lack there of--done by his team and become virtually impossible to find unless you spend hours of time chasing him. I have a poorly installed fence, a sprinkler system which he pulled out and didn't re-install, the pump and salt system were never re-installed and I had to pay someone to fix all of the above.
5. He doesn't close out permits leaving them to expire. In some cities that results in a fine such as in Miami
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6. He generally sells you one thing and then delivers half-finished, or poorly completed results.
BUYER BEWARE

- Lisa R.
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Based on our first contact, we were very happy with
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Relton. He came out to the house to discuss our plans to add a second floor to our home. His ideas were very useful, and his proposal and initial communication looked good. Coupled with seeing A's across the board on Angie's List, we felt pretty confident accepting his proposal and moving forward.
After our initial payment,
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seemed to
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. We didn't hear from him for weeks, but tried to give him the benefit of the doubt because we were happy with his work, his reviews on this site and the gut feeling we had about him. He had estimated that it would take 5-6 weeks to go through all of the steps and end up with final architectural drawings. After about 6 weeks we had nothing. We made excuses for him, like 'it's holiday season' or 'he must be busy with other work'. Around the 8th week we got some preliminary drawings, and felt guilty for getting so annoyed. The drawings were good! We had some good discussion about them,
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made some adjustments and got initial pricing from a couple builders. We followed up with some questions, and then... he vanished again.
We tried e-mailing and calling for a couple weeks to no avail. After a month of no response at all (about 14 weeks since we accepted his proposal), I called his office and discovered that the number had been disconnected. I called his cell phone and got a message that his voicemail inbox was full. I can only conclude that he has gone out of business, and that we're out $1,000 and close to 4 months of time. The drawings we got, nice though they were, were not signed and sealed. They are useless for the purposes of obtaining a permit from the town or independent pricing from builders. We have nothing to show for our experience with
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- Linda K.
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He never started the work. He had the money in advance for the job. He never scheduled workers. I have taken him to court and he's ordered to pay monthly. I've only gotten 3 payments. He's two months behind.
- LORI A.
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I bought the coupon for 3.5 hours of consultation service to get ideas of expanding the front entry / porch area. We didn't know what we wanted except to make it "better". This was also the first time we would be doing something structural to the house.
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and
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arrived right on time as scheduled and promptly addressed our goals. They listened to what we wanted and answered all our questions.
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is obviously very good at what he does because he came up with sketches right on the spot, he then explained the process of continuing on with the project. I got a detailed drawing in a week, which is something we could use should we decide to move forward. Our initial phone call was about 15 min and the meeting was about an hour. With the detailed plan I definitely we got what we wanted from the coupon. I highly recommend
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and
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, and would not hesitate to use him again in the future.
- Maxine W.
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was so great. I had never hired an architect before and wasn't sure what kind of information she would need up front.
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walked me through the process and options for our project. In addition, she came to our condo and took very accurate measurements to ensure the drawing was going to be accurate for our contractor.



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was professional, knowledgeable, and punctual. From the time I called her to the time I had drawings in hand was only a little over a week. I would absolutely use
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again for any upcoming projects in our home. Thank you,
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- Laura K.
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When a general contractor says this (and I quote this literally from his mouth) "YOU HAVE TO SPECIFY IN THE SCOPE OF WORK THAT YOU WANTED STRAIGHT WALLS", you should either run away, fire him,
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in the brains for being an freaking idiot, or just take away his contractor's license all together and tell him to go back to his clown school!
What kind of dumb idiot would say such a thing. Oh that's right, our contractor,
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. I asked my fellow colleagues who are real architects and interior designers, and they said that is the most ridiculous thing they have ever heard. Okay good, I'm not the crazy one. Do I really have to specify I wanted straight walls? It goes WITHOUT SAY that every built or renovated wall should be straight! COMMON SENSE
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What's even worse is he proceed to argue with us about it. As if we were crazyfor wanting all our walls straight. Are we in the twilight zone or what?! Are these the words of a licensed contractor? Scary, very scary. He should get his licensed revoked. His subcontractor,
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doesn't even have a license!!
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claimed
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is an employee of Fidelity, but turns out, he's just an unlicensed sub (did a background check). So this whole time, this unlicensed sloppy contractor has been working on our house. If I had know that, I would've hired some idiot off the parking lot of Home Depot!! FAIL!!!
At this point, we are obviously appalled and just dumbfounded.
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is the president and owns this company!! Frightening!! Not to mention, a procrastinating, lazy liar as well. Not only did the project run about 4 weeks over completion date, he never disclosed that there would be significant height/level difference in our bathroom and kitchen transition points. Really? He just responded to us as if there was nothing he could do and basically proceeded without any other alternative. And now, we have ugly level changes in our kitchen and bathroom. Thanks for the heads up!!
The contract was signed on August 21st, 2014. The crew didn't start working at the house until August 29th, and I know because I was at the job site every other day, sometimes even every day. That's 8 days after we signed the contract!
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also said, from the beginning, that because we were not living in the house at the time of renovation, his crew would be able to freely work on both areas at the same time, thus getting work done quicker. He said 6 weeks or mid-October they should be done. There were number of days when I went to the house and nothing was done. They didn't even show up! Infuriating! Wasting my d*** time! Mid-October rolls around. Not even close to done. Not only were delayed, they didn't even apologize for delaying our move. We were supposed to move in November 1st......so when did they actually complete the project (the word "complete" is questionable). NOVEMBER 11th!!! A mere 3-4 weeks more than what was scheduled. Not a couple days, not a week, 3 weeks delayed!! We paid close to $50,000 to get the quality and craftsmanship of a group of guys from Home Depot!
- Nickel and dimed us for the stupidest little change orders
- THREE weeks late finishing
- Basically had to hold the foreman's hand as he always did things without asking us
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NEVER came to job site except to collect money
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NEVER once came to check on job unless there was problem
- We had to ask several times to remove trash from our yard
- Never sent us a schedule or gave us a timeline when we needed things, everything was always, I need this tomorrow!
- Has absolutely NO clue how to restore old Craftsman homes
- Has absolutely NO sense of what "craft" is, shoddy workmanship all together
- Subs ALL his contractors
- Didn't finish a lot of things in the house or left them broken/unfixed, lots of loose ends (and now we're stuck with it!!!)
ABOVE ALL, VERY UNHAPPY WITH HIRING
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CONTRACTOR (ironic because the name of the company means loyalty/faithfulness),
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WAS VERY UNPROFESSIONAL, AWFUL AND RUDE, ABSOLUTELY A NIGHTMARE FROM BEGINNING TO END TO WORK WITH, NO REGARDS FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE OR QUALITY OF WORK FOR THAT MATTER.
DEFINITELY AVOID, WILL NOT RECOMMEND TO ANYONE.
- Leona S.
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As we were planning to build our new home we searched for house plans to fill our needs. We knew the look we wanted and found the basic design but needed to change the floor plan to meet our specific needs.
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was very pleasant and helped us figure a few things out, explaining what we could and should not do to make things work. After our first plans we had to reconsider and came back with some pretty major changes, which
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redrew. Before the final plans were ready for the builder, we had another few minor changes. Through the whole process
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made the changes and sent us the proofs for review. When it came time for financing ,
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sent the copies to our financial institution without additional charge. He was great to deal with and our house looks great - just the way we wanted (even better). His price was extremely reasonable for what we had done.
- Edwin S.
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was professional, punctual (to a fault), responsive to details that came up during the job (at no added costs), did much of the installation himself with a helper. He came highly recommended from a respective president of a board of directors of a
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. Would I engage him again - absolutely!! The job was finished with everything to my complete satisfaction. Color matching paint and stain was perfect.
- Jason O.

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A.D. Enterprises, LLC

56 Tartia Road
East Hampton

Accent Kitchens LLC

PO Box 1486
Burlington

ADM/ARCHITECTS

75 FOREST ST
Manchester

Advantage Contracting LLC

12 Westbrook Rd
West Hartford

Allied Building Contractors, LLC

174 South Main Street
West Hartford

Apples to Apples Inc.

1204 Main Street
Branford

ARCHITECTURAL INNOVATIONS

9 GARFIELD RD
Rocky Hill

Arthur Dionne Remodeling Contractor, LLC

838 Hillstown Rd
Manchester

Axis Fabrication

7 atwater place
Wallingford

Bazazi Design

11c Scovil Road
Higganum

BOYCE CONSTRUCTION

3 OAK KNOLL RD
East Hampton

Broomfield Building, LLC

161 Guilford Rd.
Durham

C&C Naxus Construction

496 Edgewood Road
Berlin

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Camera Construction, LLC

178 Knollwood Rd
Manchester

Central Builders Inc

120 West Street
Simsbury

Chaput Natural Stone & Pavers LLC

132 Chimneysweep Hill Rd
Glastonbury

Clark Concepts LLC

PO Box 348
Rogers

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Creative Communities Builders

61 S Main St.
West Hartford

Cromwell Concrete Products

667 Main Street
Cromwell

D. C. Masonry LLC

34 Schneider Rd

D.R.E.A.M. Remodeling LLC.

164 Sperry Rd.
Bristol

Dahlstrom and Sons LLC

202 Plainville Ave.
Unionville

DAVID D HARLAN ARCHITECTS LLC

938 CHAPEL ST
New Haven

DeBaise Construction

33 North Main St.
Wallingford

DENNIS DAVEY INC

13 S River Rd
Tolland

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Eco Energy Guard, LLC

9 September Way
Avon

Energy Services

24 Silver Hill Road
Derby

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

Ferrandino Enterprises LLC

18 Highview Rd
Ridgefield

Foxbury Design, LLC

52 Chatham Road
Berlin

FRECHETTE'S BUILDING & Remodeling

63 SLATER ST
Manchester

George Mattingly Remodeling

8 Dara Ln
North Granby

Godfrey-Hoffman Associates LLC

26 Broadway
North Haven

Granite & Kitchen Studio

313 Pleasant Valley Rd.
South Windsor

HINKEL DESIGN GROUP

72 PROSPECT PL
Bristol

Homewood Inspections, LLC

1182 Hartford Tpke
North Haven

Housesurgeons

142 Warner St
Hamden

IDEAL CONTRACTORS

147 COLES RD
Cromwell

J A Buchek AIA Architect LLC

8 Bishop Road
West Hartford

John Yannes Construction

16 Evergreen Terrace
Seymour

Ken Gelband Architect

85 Willow St 2
New Haven

LAGASSE CONSTRUCTION LLC

77 SUMMIT ST
Manchester

LAWRENCE ASSOCIATES

1075 TOLLAND TPKE
Manchester

Lawrence Gordon Designs

164 Burrows Hill Road
Amston

Lazarus & Sargeant Architects

50 North Main St.
Wallingford

Mark Kelley Construction

29 Notch Rd
Bolton

Materials Handling

77 Grassmere Ave.
West Hartford

MJD Builders

PO BOX 314
Farmington

MP Builders

P.O. Box 794
Plainville

Newberry Homes Co., LLC

106 Horizon Lane
Glastonbury

Northeast Stair Co.

185 Buff Cap Road
Tolland

P&D construction

46 mountain st

Peter W. Argiros, Architedt, AIA, PC

244 upton road
Colchester

Phase 2 Services Inc

PO Box 22
Glastonbury

PONTICELLI ARCHITECTS

52 VERNON ST
Manchester

ProCAD Drafting Services

39 Quarry Brook Drive
South Windsor

Reicher & Sons Builders, Remodeling

11 Fountainhead Rd
Terryville

Richard Turlington Architects Inc

244 Maple Street
New Haven

Rinaldi Builders

171 Oldefield Farms
Enfield

RL Contracting LLC

22 Pine St Suite 203
Plymouth

Robert Pryor, P.E., L.S., LEED

115 Newton Road
New Haven

Rose Colored Glasses

61 aple Hill Ave

SCOTT DESIGN

6 SPRING ROCK RD
Branford

SH Acoustics

10 Higgins Drive
Milford

Simplex Industries

1 Simplex Dr.

SM Welch Remodeling

16 Ogden Lord Road
Marlborough

Smiths Fire Extinguisher Supply LLC

275B Homestead Avenue
Hartford

STEVEN ROCCO

14 LANDING RD
Haddam

Studio 8

51 Livingston St
New Haven

THE ARCHITECTS

56 ARBOR ST
Hartford

Tile America - Hartford

584 New Park Avenue
West Hartford

Tile America - Manchester

1165 Tolland Turnpike
Manchester

Tile America - New Haven

105 Hamilton Street
New Haven

Tile America - Torrington

261 Oak Ave
Torrington

TIMELINE IRRIGATION LLC

PO BOX 478
South Glastonbury

Timwood Homes Ltd

2719 Berlin Turnpike
Newington

Tracey Arne Brown Architect

66 Sinawoy Rd
Cos Cob

Tuscany Design Build Inc

37 Kaya Ln
Mansfield Center

Valerio Giadone Architect

21 Ashley Street
Hartford

WADSWORTH KAMM ARCHITECTS

256 WILLIAMS ST
Glastonbury

Wicked Home Improvements & Lawn Care

81B Spring St.
Vernon Rockville

Woodbury Supply Co Inc.

104 S Pomperaug Ave
Woodbury

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