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"We hired the husband-wife team,
for our house remodel project. We never met the husband, only the wife,
had communicated" with us. Their fee was 10% of the construction cost. Once we had paid them for measuring and CAD drawings of the house,
's responsiveness and professionalism went downhill. I had provided our wish list written in a specification requirements document and it seemed she had never read or understood any of our scope of work communicated.
has a high-strung personality; was not easy to work with - I would recommend to look for talented architects who respect homeowners' wishes and dreams.

-amy H.

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"We needed to have an old screened porch removed and a new one built in its place. The work was completed in a timely manner, and the end result was a beautiful porch.

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Why hire an architect?

If you're planning on remodeling, building an addition or constructing a new home, hiring an architect can help make the project a success. A highly rated Houston architect explains the benefits.

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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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Pat was great -- she was responsive and incredibly easy to work with. We went through several iterations of
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/layout in the early stages. I really appreciated her ability to listen and incorporate our wishes/requirements but also her forthrightness about things that wouldn't work as well. When we started construction, she worked with our contractor to ensure that things went according to plan and was responsive to his questions as well. When the structure was up and there was a wall that I didn't like the view of from my kitchen, she came back out and helped devise a solution to fix it. I am very happy with the layout of the addition and the space design. It is a testament to the quality of her work that the addition blends incredibly well with the original house. People are incredulous that it is an addition (even some of the neighbors who were admittedly very skeptical about the addition plans have said that she did an amazing job).

- Laurel R.
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Craftsman". We sued Deontology,
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and
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for Fraud and violation of the Consumer Protection Act. King County Superior Court awarded us $92,990.43 in damages as of January 2015. This is available public information.
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and
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asked for and took $ 72,354.34 in cash from us to order materials and begin our project. and we paid them The whole project was budgeted at $131K. Workers checks started bouncing two weeks into the project, when the demo was not yet completed. The iRS and their suppliers notified us that Deontology owed money for taxes, materials and services. Suppliers attempted to take
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on our house because the money we gave
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were not used to pay for our materials. They refused to account for the funds. We were forced to complete the project ourselves as we were living in a demolished house in January 2014 through May 2014 without the use of the $72K in personal savings that we paid to them. There is at least one other similar lawsuit against them for the same time period, for the same actions, different family. King County Superior Court awarded us an additional $25,000 in Statutory Treble Damages in addition to the Principle Damages due to
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's violation of the Consumer Protection Act. Everything I have stated is documented in court documents in King County.


- Nina L.
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We originally purchased a Big Deal for
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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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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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. Where then you have to re-start the permitting process.
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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7M Graphix, LLC

PO Box 9523

ADG Contractor

3120 Collie Lane

Advanced Building Design, Inc.

7213 Flower Avenue
Takoma Park

AHMANN LLC Architectural Services

4408 Beechwood Rd
University Park

AMICUS GREEN BUILDING CENTER

4080 HOWARD AVE
Kensington

Apex Contractor Service

6510 Serenade Pl

Arch-i-Techton

7451 Courtland Circle

archi-TEXTUAL, PLLC

3421 1/2 M St NW

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

Brad4Cad LLC

5657 Utrecht Rd
Baltimore

BrianPaul Designs

400 Mass Ave

BRIGHT DESIGN GROUP

743 DELAWARE AVE SW

Caddworks, Inc

332 West Patrick Street
Frederick

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carvalho & Good, PLLC

1025 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1000

CEM Design

520 Anderson Avenue
Rockville

Cheryl Corson Design, LLC

14608 Saint Thomas Church Road
Upper Marlboro

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

D&T Construction

PO BOX 459
Owings

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

DMV Kitchen & Bath Inc

429 E Diamond Ave
Gaithersburg

DNC Architects

201 E Diamond Ave FL 2
Gaithersburg

Double K Contractors Inc

PO Box 536
Damascus

Dynamic Spaces

5515 Cherokee Ave

Ernest Maier, Inc.

4700 ANNAPOLIS RD
Bladensburg

EURO DESIGN REMODEL

5483 Harris Farm Ln
Clarksville

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

HEFFNER ARCHITECTS PC

604 MONTGOMERY ST

Home Contractors Plus

8402 Quill Point Dr
Bowie

Italo Ceramica

725 Rockville Pike
Rockville

J.A. Martinez Construction, LLC

25 E. Wayne Ave.
Silver Spring

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

KGLDRAFTING & DESIGN

2720 SPRAGUE DRIVE
Waldorf

Kramer Architects

7960 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda

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

Mark Beck Associates- Architects, LLC

26239 Royal Oak Rd
Easton

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

MW Construction Services, LLC

500 N. Washington Street

My Dream House LLC

13015 Flint Rock Dr
Beltsville

Mythos Precast & Design

1331 W Church St

M² BUILDING AND DESIGN

7407 ALBERMARLE DR

Natelli Homes

506 Main Street
Gaithersburg

Naty iron Works

6763 mid cities ave
Beltsville

Nesmith Design Group

1776 I Street, NW

New Edition Remodeling, LLC.

2137 Espey Court
Crofton

Olde To Better Yet

9404 Brandywine Rd
Clinton

OSSOLINSKI ARCHITECTS

5232 44TH ST NW

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

REVE Design Studio, Inc.

5319 N Carlin Springs Rd

Right A Way Powder Coating, LLC

116B north Church Street
Middletown

ROLYN Companies

5706 FREDERICK AVE
Rockville

SAGO Building Management, LLC

14314 Notley Rd
Silver Spring

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

STACY STUDIO

15 WOODMOOR DR
Silver Spring

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

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

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

WILLIAM FEENEY ARCHITECT

4519 Chesapeake St, NW

WNUK SPURLOCK Architecture

1470 Church Street NW

ZEN Associates, Inc.

2321 Distribution Circle

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