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seemed like a decent enough guy. He showed up the day after we contacted him and spent close to an hour at our house walking around and" discussing ideas for our remodel. He had some good ideas and some bad (like building out to the base of a giant hackberry and actually constructing a screened-in porch around the tree, something the arborist we later brought out assured us was absolutely stupid). We paid him $150 for his visit, which he said would apply to the cost of the drawings (he quoted $3500). He also said he would visit with historical the next morning and figure out what was and what was not feasible, and that the visit with historical would be included in the $150. I did not hear from him the next day. The following day I called and he said he hadn't made it but he would that day. I didn't hear from him again. I called the following day and he said he was on his way. I didn't hear from him again. I called him the following day and he said they had been in a meeting so he hadn't been able to see anyone. Sadly, he said, he was leaving town the next morning for a family reunion. He would go to historical on Monday, he assured me, and be in touch. He apologized for the delays. This was now Friday, 8 days after we first met and 7 days after he was to visit with codes. I called him the next week and he did not pick up. I have never heard from him again. As far as I am concerned, he took payment of $150 for services not rendered and delayed my project by several weeks.
will apparently not tell you if he does not wish to take on your project but instead string you along with false promises. He will also repeatedly talk about how "blessed" he is and all the multi-million dollar projects he's doing in the Forest Hills/Brentwood area.

-Justin B.

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was the first of 3 contractors I contacted to get back to me within a day of my
. He was pleasant and professional" during our conversation and I asked if he would come to my house and give me an estimate. He did, his estimate was reasonable so I asked for a contract.
went above and beyond simply installing my new cabinets. He informed me of some issues , how to resolve them, and gave me recommendations for other contractors I would need to complete my kitchen project. He was prompt, his crew was friendly and they took care to not make more of a mess than was necessary. They also cleaned up nicely afterward. I would surely go to
for any of my home improvements going forward and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a reliable, capable contractor.....which I can attest to are hard to find!

-Kandy M.

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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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and his crew did an excellent job installing the crown molding in our family room. They were very professional, polite and neat. They were also very accommodating when we chose to make changes to the original plan. Would like to use them again in the future. Highly recommended!
- kourtney K.
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We had a firm plan and had bought "salvaged cabinets" for the kitchen.
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was very patient with our "unconventional" order of operations. He made some great changes to our plan and also served as an advisor during the general project plan. He was always prompt and respectful of our "budgetary" concerns. Our house was built in 1908 and had a few surprises. We would not have moved forward as smoothly without
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- Amy S.
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They were nice, polite, but no longer do residential work. I spoke to a representative who said he had some contacts and would call around, or perhaps he could help me out outside the company. In any case I haven't heard anything more after a couple weeks.
- Sandra C.
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I wrote a check to Mr.
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for $400 as a deposit to have plans drawn up for my house addition. He did not show up the next day to measure my house as we agreed. He has not returned my phone calls or texts in over two months. I just wrote a demand letter and will be pursuing legal action. For full disclosure I would like to add that this event happened before I was a member of
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Feel free to email me with questions baber2014@att.net .
- Robert B.
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and his crew were here on time (as they always are), and did a fantastic job for what amounted to a fantastic value for us. I had the materials on-hand, and I appreciate the fact that he is always willing to work around my needs.
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is a man of integrity and has always been able to handle every job for me no matter how big or small. In the end, I always know it will be done right.
- Marc R.
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was a life saver, they are extremely professional, very knowledgable and worth every last penny they charge! Grant is the man, he saved me a lot of money and was always 100% honest, easy to work with and knew exactly what he was talking about! I strongly recommend you use them for any size project, they do amazing work!
- Kevin V.
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Wonderful to work with. She listened but proactively provided good advice and thoughtful alternatives. We went back and forth several times, each time she guided us closer to something workable and in line with our vision.
- Denise C.
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Our original patio was a slab of concrete. We now have a larger beautiful covered outdoor area that we use every day for 3 seasons of the year.
- Janice R.

Architects in Franklin, IN

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A NEW BEGINNING LAWN & LANDSCAPE

735 Mountain Pine DR
Greenwood

AAA ABES HAULING

Indianapolis

Anna M. Waggoner Architects

919 Fayette Street
Indianapolis

ARCHITURA CORP

55 MONUMENT CIR
Indianapolis

ARMSTRONG GARAGE DOORS

Po Box 261
New Palestine

BECKER LANDSCAPE

3749 N KITLEY AVE
Indianapolis

Benjamin Lake

805 Heather Ln

BHR Construction Services LLC

13720 E 118th St
Fishers

Bignal Design

2454 Winfield Drive
Carmel

Blue Marble Design LLC

405 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis

BradBuilt

831 Park Central N Dr, Apt D
Indianapolis

Brookscandoit Inc

6624 Tuxedo Ln
Indianapolis

Cadtek Designs, Inc.

4728 N 400 West
Fairland

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Castle Rock Restoration Inc

101 W Evergreen Pkwy # 104

Chateau Designs

301 E Carmel Dr
Carmel

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Constantine Design Group Architects

924 N Ritter Ave
Indianapolis

Cornerstone Interiors

1644 Fry Rd Ste C
Greenwood

CUSTOM WOODCRAFT BUILDERS INC

11020 Running Tide Ct
Indianapolis

DC Roofing & Exteriors

596 Metairie Dr
Greenwood

Design Concepts

9730 S 300 W
Columbus

DeVols Custom Iron LLC

4540 E. State Rd. 32
Lebanon

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd
Indianapolis

Dorfman Design Builders

827 N Capitol Ave
Indianapolis

Dungan Construction

1603 N Buck Creek
Greenfield

EAGLE SEWER & DRAIN

11021 N PODDACK RD
Mooresville

Elmtex

Carmel

EquiTeam, LLC

P.O. Box 10
Carmel

Everett Barnard Construction

7721 Swails St
Indianapolis

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

Foerster Construction

13830 Painter Ct
Carmel

GENESIS CONSTRUCTION & MANAGEMENT

P.O Box 1778
Noblesville

HAROLD SARK & ASSOCIATES

2520 DURBIN DR
Carmel

HILLAN CONSTRUCTION CO INC

1978 S MORGANTOWN RD
Greenwood

HILLENBURG BUILDING GROUP INC

8275 AUBURN RIDGE
Martinsville

HOCH ASSOCIATES

11650 LANTERN RD
Fishers

Holland Roofing of Indianapolis, Inc.

3313 South Arlington Ave
Indianapolis

Home Chek

7928 Barlum Dr
Indianapolis

House Charmers

4528 N College Ave
Indianapolis

INTEGRITY DESIGN LLC

1201 E 5TH ST
Anderson

Integrity Homes Inc

428 E Main St
Brownsburg

INTER DESIGN

965 BRANIGIN RD
Franklin

Jacoby & Associates LLC

PO Box 30696
Indianapolis

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN SERVICE

2918 S HICKEY RD
Morgantown

LG + MARMOLe STUDIO

Indianapolis

LOUIS JOYNER ARCHITECT

417 7TH ST
Columbus

Mawr Design, Inc.

849 South Park Trail Dr
Carmel

MEDLEY CREATIONS INC

5761 RAVINE RD
Indianapolis

mWerks, inc.

396 Jordan Rd
Indianapolis

Myers Construction Management Inc

13518 Myrtle Ln
Fishers

Myers Design, INC

8209 Red Bud East Ln
Indianapolis

Neighborhood Home Services

6034 Creekbend Cir
Indianapolis

Odle McGuire Shook

429 N Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis

Omega Church Consultants, Inc.

4101 Dandy Trail
Indianapolis

Palladian Home Design

6155 Guion Rd
Indianapolis

Peak Exteriors

One Court Place

PHIL MYERS CUSTOM HOMES

10139 NORTHWIND DR
Indianapolis

Pinpoint Services LLC

12514 Strawtown Ave.
Noblesville

Pioneer Kitchens

5755 S Belmont Ave
Indianapolis

PRINCE/ALEXANDER ARCHITECTS

21 W MERRILL ST
Indianapolis

PRM ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AIA

8640 SWIFTSAIL CT
Indianapolis

PRO CARE HORTICULTURAL SERVICES

9801 Commerce Drive
Carmel

QUICK'S QUALITY CONSTRUCTION

5510 S Main St
Fountaintown

RESIDENTIAL DESIGN INC

1622 SHANNON LAKES DR
Indianapolis

RICK CAMPBELL BUILDER INC

1122 W. Stones Crossing Rd.
Greenwood

Robert Ingram Builder, Inc.

5421 Brooks Bend
Greenwood

Rockyedge Enterprises

8801 Sargent Road
Indianapolis

Rolyn Companies, Inc.

5706 Frederick Ave

SCALA ARCHITECTURE + URBAN DESIGN

5846 N PARKER AVE
Indianapolis

Siva, Inc

1298 Main Street
Carmel

Stephen Akers Architect, LLC

311 E Main St
Crawfordsville

Sure Seal Restorations

320 W Country Club Rd
Bloomington

The Fireplace Specialist

103 East Iroquois Street
Kentland

The O Studio Landscapes

712 Woodruff Pl E Dr
Indianapolis

TLF Inc.

3901 W 86th St
Indianapolis

Trim Tek

7635 South 450 East
Brownsburg

UMLAUT LIMITED

5002 Winthrop Avenue
Indianapolis

Voris Design

PO Box 131

WRIGHT DESIGN-BUILD COMPANY

6358 N COLLEGE AVE
Indianapolis

www.docsarchitecturalsalvage.com

1325 W. 30th Street
Indianapolis

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