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"We found
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.
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
to help us to design our new bonus room above the existing garage and the new staircase to access it.
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
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.
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.
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
's plans to any contractor of his/her choice, we will most likely go with one of
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-Vishwa R.

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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.
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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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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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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house, if we ever decide to build again...
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will be our first call.
- 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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was unable to help me, he gave me the contact information for a few structural engineers that he recommended.
Thanks for the help,
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- Will H.
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The crew arrived on time and performed the job exactly as promised and for a great price would definitely hire again.
- Christine M.
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I was gathering estimates for my basement, and he wanted to charge me $200 for a plan. So I went ahead and did it, and I made an appointment to go to his office. When I got there he was not prepared for me, and the plan was nothing we discussed, and the estimate was significantly higher, and it was not itemized. I emailed him yesterday saying the estimate was not a real estimate, and I want my money back.
- Diana C.
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They were thorough and meticulous. The quality and workmanship was excellent. They had good communication skills. Overall, the job was extremely well done. We did have an issue with one of the sub contractors and he kind of stretched the work out.
- Josh F.

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7M Graphix, LLC

3160-B Spring Street

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

Andre's Technology Empire

1200 Delaware Avenue SW Suite 303

Apex Contractor Service

6510 Serenade Pl

Arch-i-Techton

7451 Courtland Circle

archi-TEXTUAL, PLLC

2121 Wisconsin Ave 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

BANANA BANNER

3148 DUKE ST

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

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

Complete Enhancement, LLC

6103 Baltimore Avenue
Riverdale

Contractors For Less

8238 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring

D&T Construction

PO BOX 459
Owings

Darlene Molnar LLC

2801 M Street NW

Delcid Contracting LLC

2162 Astoria Cir Apt 105

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.

P.O. 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

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

569 Central Dr

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

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

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

Universal Iron Doors Inc

11676 Tuxford St

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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