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Why Hire an Architect?

Hiring an architect will help make any remodeling or building project successful.

Architects

If you’ve got grand designs for your home remodel, consider investing in the building materials and design expertise, and artistry, a licensed architect can provide.

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Consider your home's layout to decide if an existing space can be converted into a game room or if you'll need to add on.

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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 California, MD

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1 ENTERPRISE LLC

1402 North Capitol Street NW

7M Graphix, LLC

PO Box 9523

A-Z Design

13347 Burkitts rd

ADG Contractor

3120 Collie Lane

Advanced Building Design, Inc.

7213 Flower Avenue
Takoma Park

Ajalli Architects PLLC

7637 Leesburg Pike

Alexander Design & Build

2511 Fairland Road
Silver Spring

Americas Best Contractor

2972 Ps Business Center Dr

AMICUS GREEN BUILDING CENTER

4080 HOWARD AVE
Kensington

AMINCO INC

207 MARTINS LN
Rockville

Apex Contractor Service

6510 Serenade Pl

Arch-i-Techton

7451 Courtland Circle

Archiquest Inc

5412 Woodway Dr

ART DISPLAY CO

401 HAMPTON PARK BLVD
Capitol Heights

ATECT Architecture & Interior Design

5099 Bluehead Court
Waldorf

Athruz Inc

12108 Dumfries Rd

Avedon USA LLC

Upper Marlboro

BANANA BANNER

3148 DUKE ST

Betty List

2703 MEMORIAL STREET

Billings Construction Inc

14725 Baltimore Ave

Billy W. Rose Jr. Construction Company

9207 Crescent Lane
La Plata

BJ Global Enterprises LLC

11160-C1 S Lakes Dr

Brad4Cad LLC

5657 Utrecht Rd
Baltimore

BrianPaul Designs

400 Mass Ave

BRIGHT DESIGN GROUP

743 DELAWARE AVE SW

Bruno Clay Management

11701 bowman green drive

Caddworks, Inc

332 West Patrick Street
Frederick

Carvalho & Good, PLLC

1025 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1000

CEM Design

520 Anderson Avenue
Rockville

Claude C. Lapp, Architects

11820 Parklawn Drive
Rockville

Colonial Woodwrights

16215
Brandywine

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Complete Enhancement, LLC

6103 Baltimore Avenue
Riverdale

Contractors For Less

8238 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring

Creative Concepts Design Center

2929 ESKRIDGE RD STE J

DNC Architects

201 E Diamond Ave FL 2
Gaithersburg

Double K Contractors Inc

PO Box 536
Damascus

Dulles Granite

43671 Trade Center Place Suite 124

Ernest Maier, Inc.

4700 ANNAPOLIS RD
Bladensburg

Exit Realty Associates

8998-C Lorton Station Boulevard

Fanelli McClain Inc.

3928 Pender Dr.

FEATURE DESIGN INC

6361 VERDE CT

FRANK DEICHMEISTER ARCHITECTS

2000 N KENSINGTON ST

Fusionz

1776 I St NW Ste 900

GC/A ARCHITECTURE

4328 36th St S

Goldsborough Design Build

18956 Bonanza Way
Gaithersburg

Greene Home Services, LLC

13208 Ardennes Ave
Rockville

GreenRock Construction

6521 Arlington Blvd.

Grina Architects, PLLC

1506 Wisconsin Ave., NW

H Martinez Contracting LLC

6511 Virginia Hills Ave

Hains Architects, Inc.

5804 Tanglewood Drive
Bethesda

HARTMAN DESIGN GROUP INC

111 Rockvile pik
Rockville

HAS Construction LLC

3421 14th Street NW

Home Contractors Plus

8402 Quill Point Dr
Bowie

HousePros LLC

Stevensville

Italo Ceramica

725 Rockville Pike
Rockville

J.A. Martinez Construction, LLC

25 E. Wayne Ave.
Silver Spring

JCW Construction Inc

30041 Hickory Dr
Mechanicsville

JE Spencer Design

229 N. West Street

JES Foundation Repair

1741 Corporate Landing Parkway

John F. Heltzel AIA, P.C.

9389 Forestwood Lane

JP Painting Plus

2600 Gaither Street
Oxon Hill

K4 Associates LLC

649B Lofstrand Lane
Rockville

Kass Remodeling

15209 Frederick Rd
Rockville

KGLDRAFTING & DESIGN

2720 SPRAGUE DRIVE
Waldorf

KS Drafting & Design, LLC

20281 Beechwood Ter.

L+K Design Build

962 Millwood Lane

LA+A studio, llc

4423 Underwood St
University Park

Labran Construction LLC.

14616 Peach Orchard Rd
Silver Spring

LG Handyman Service Company

2200 Chapman Road
Hyattsville

Lighthouse Property Management, Ltd.

9419 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring

Limitless Design & Build, LLC.

12587 Fair Lakes Cir #263

Liza Jane Interiors

21802 LEATHERLEAF CIR

Lizares Design Group, LLC

13153 Marcey Creek Rd.

Main Street Architecture, PC

24 N. Buckmarsh Street

MARLON CONSTRUCTION LLC

9112 ELAINE CT
Laurel

Matplex

5204 Sherier Pl, NW

MCCO Michaels Construction Company

12406 Great Park Circle
Germantown

Michael F. Lemay AIA

11143 Saffold Way

Mid S Builders LLC

15521 Kruhm Rd
Burtonsville

Middleburg Design Co

103A W Federal St

MOA Associates Inc

3 Shepherd Way
Elkton

My Dream House LLC

13015 Flint Rock Dr
Beltsville

My Kitchen & Bath

285 Sunset Park Dr

Mythos Precast & Design

1331 W Church St

M² BUILDING AND DESIGN

7407 ALBERMARLE DR

Nesmith Design Group

2701 12th Street, NE

New Edition Remodeling, LLC.

2137 Espey Court
Crofton

Olde To Better Yet

9404 Brandywine Rd
Clinton

Paragon Custom Interiors, LLC

6411 Mercantile Drive East
Frederick

PASTEUR DESIGNS

9303 IRVING ST

PERHE DESIGN BUILD & CONSTRUCTION

8909 Brookville Rd
Silver Spring

Petar Boric Architect

7609 Leonard Dr

pja architecture

9505 Old Creek Dr

Ponte Mellor Architects, Ltd.

7220 WISCONSIN AVE
Bethesda

Potomac Window Cleaning Co

4533 Stanford St
Chevy Chase

Prestige Contractors LLC

3217 Tucker Rd
Fort Washington

ProCraft Construction

2201 Spencerville Rd
Spencerville

Quiet Stream Architecture LLC

8808 Quiet Stream Ct
Potomac

RAE ENTERTAINMENT

9704 Woodyard Cir
Upper Marlboro

RANDALL MARS ARCHITECTS

6708 OLD MCLEAN VILLAGE DR

reform, llc

4348 Blagden Avenue, NW

Regional Property Group

PO Box 270
Lusby

REVE Design Studio, Inc.

5319 N Carlin Springs Rd

RICHARD LEGGIN ARCHITECTS

6110 Oberlin Ave
Glen Echo

Right A Way Powder Coating, LLC

116B north Church Street
Middletown

Rolyn Companies, Inc.

5706 Frederick Ave
Rockville

SAGO Building Management, LLC

14314 Notley Rd
Silver Spring

SERVICE ALL INC

5731 TUXEDO RD
Hyattsville

SHARON WASHBURN ARCHITECT PC

5410 HUNTINGTON PKWY
Bethesda

Sight Line Solutions

113 Barnston Court

Signature Elevators & Accessible Design

850 E Gude Dr #D
Rockville

Simplex Industries

1 Simplex Dr.

SMOLEY ENGINEERS & CONSULTANTS

19 N Court St
Frederick

SNG ENGINEERING INC

344 MAIN ST
Gaithersburg

Stacy Nicole Interior Design & Furnishings, Inc.

22 N Mulberry Street, Suite 110
Hagerstown

STROBA

4506 EMERSON ST
Hyattsville

STUDIO SANTALLA INC

3144 Dumbarton St NW # 100

Studio3877

156 11th Street NE

Sustainable Design Group

22923 Wildcat Rd
Gaithersburg

SWSG

555 Herndon Parkway

T&B Renovation Company, LLC

3615-H Chain Bridge Road

TALAAT ARCHITECTS

15715 KRUHM RD
Burtonsville

Tech 24 Construction

5256 Eisenhower Ave

The Glass House, Inc.

5908 Addison Ave
District Heights

The Mankin Group Inc

8238 Winstead Pl

The Pro Doodler

8718 Irvington Ave
Bethesda

Three Notch Construction, LLC

22589 Three Notch Road
Lexington Park

TIKI ELECTRIC,INC.

2913 stillwood circle

TIMM Engineering

13320 Ivakota Farm Road

Tyler's Landscaping & Junk Removel

5028 Croydon Ter
Frederick

Unlimited Design Builders Inc

9003 Greenbelt rd
Lanham

VINTAGE HOUSE PARTS & radiators

4550 Rhode Island ave.
Brentwood

VKB Kitchen & Bath

6955 Oakland Mills Rd
Columbia

WERNER RENOVATIONS

4585 MACARTHURBLVD NW APT 301

Wet Paint Productions

7312 Mayhill Dr
Gaithersburg

Wicked Design

21 Main Street

WIEDEMANN ARCHITECTS LLC

5272 RIVER RD
Bethesda

WNUK SPURLOCK Architecture

1470 Church Street NW

ZARKO Renovations & Construction

12154 Darnestown rd
Gaithersburg

Zavos Architecture + Design

323 West Patrick Street
Frederick

ZEN Associates, Inc.

2321 Distribution Circle

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