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is courteous, professional, and responsive. I needed an architect quickly, someone who would have no problem working directly with my contractor," who was already in place.
was able to meet right away and turn around his architectural drawings in a reasonable amount of time. I recommend
-- as long as you take care to have him work with a structural engineer who is readily accessible and can visit your job site. I liked working with
, and would've given him an A+ rating if I was just evaluating him. However, since hiring an architect generally means working with whomever he/she uses as their structural engineer when you need structural calculations, I was extremely displeased with the process with his go-to structural engineer. The structural engineer turned out to be someone based in San
-- I didn't know this up front. I only found out once I started complaining about the delays, when over a month had gone by and I still didn't have what was needed for permit submission. It made no sense since my job site was in LA. Had it been someone based in LA who could visit our property to see the existing structure and fully understand the changes we wanted to make to it, it would've been very different. I had to tell
that I wanted to use someone else, and found another engineer. That other structural engineer finished his work within a few days, and I had my building permits in no time. The whole experience with
's structural engineer was very upsetting.
did what he could from his end to make things right, which I appreciated, and is why I can still recommend him -- but again, only with the caveat that you not use the structural engineer (
) he'd put on my job.

-MICHELLE S.

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" I uploaded the floor plan, including stairs, loly columns, doors, and hvac. I then launched a competition for $500. I was a bit put off by
" contacting me suggesting I have a higher award limit. I replied back that the going rate for basement design services by the local basement companies was 200-500. With a few weeks, I had several companies and individuals submit their design ideas. Some were elaborate, some were well thought out. We picked three
(1st,2nd, 3rd). We choose the best features of each, gave them to a contractor who re-did formal blueprints for us. We chose BetterBasement Co as our contractor (another Angie’s list highly ranked company).
offers many levels of competition and it comes down to how much work you are going to put in before the competition, and what level of work you need done. I didn’t need blue prints; I wanted practical idea and a vision.

-Carlos F.

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Why hire an architect?

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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 California

F

Rating
Let me start off with, this contractor was referred to me by a friend.
They had done work in their house so I thought I would give them a try.
From what I could tell they did a nice job however I was warned about
them being over priced. If you want to use this contractor he comes
with an architect. Regardless of what they say, they do not work
without each other. If you can make it passed the extremely pushy,
condescending, arrogant attitude of the architect you can get your
design for 1500-2000K. Once those are done, it is a hassle to get YOUR
PAID copies to bid out the job. I did my due diligence and bid the
project out to 3 other contractors that were recommended to me. After
an email exchange back and forth with the architect to get his
contractors' bid equal in services to the other bids, I received an
extremely rude voice mail from
California Architects Provider Name Locked
telling me to throw my estimate in
the trash. I guess he didn't like the fact that all of the other
contractors were almost 15K under what he would do the work for. Not
to mention the architect is a sales person and pushes everything he sell
down your throat and didn't bring one piece of sample that I actually
asked for. Because all of his stuff is so dated it is not with the
times.

Stay far away from
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and
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. Had I looked up
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prior to this in his old company, in Bridgeport, PA - Doma Design I would have seen the reviews of how this guy works.
- Karen U.
A

Rating
This job has progressed perfectly in tandem with the home builder
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Construction. Mr
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is prompt to answer technical and design questions. He is well known to the local building departments and as such his drawings/plans are permitted rapidly without fuss. He uncomplicates the design and drawings process. As a result the builder can build quicker and more efficiently.
- christopher B.
A

Rating
I searched the local area on Angies list for an architect. I found
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and gave a call to
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. He came to the house and spent about an hour looking at what would need to be done to take this wall out.
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thoroughly explained what the job required as far as structural support in the basement and necessary dimensions of the beam to be installed in place of the wall. I decided to move forward with
California Architects Provider Name Locked
, within approximately 2 weeks he had the drawings finished. He provided me with multiple copies which 1 would be submitted to the town and others to contractors for estimates.
I asked
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to draw plans for the front entrance way as well. This drawing because it was the front doorway of the house required a few rough versions to be drawn to get an idea of how it would look. We discussed the drawings a few times and once we agreed which one looked best, he finished it and brought the final drafts to my house with the wall removal drawings. Both sets of drawing were professionally done on large 24'' x 36'' size paper with great detail and all of
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's business and license information present.
I would recommend
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to a friend and use him again for future work. Thank you!
- Kenny R.
A

Rating
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got started in a couple of days and got the work done in a couple of hours. Only problem was that the final price was $200 and I accidentally wrote the check for $220.....and he cashed it without mentioning that I wrote it for $20 too much. I'm going to assume it was an honest mistake on his part.
- Sondra E.
F

Rating
I bought at deal for a backsplash in my kitchen. The company has not been responsive to my calls and it has been nearly two weeks. I want my money refunded.
- Chelsey M.
A

Rating
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met with us several times to complete the plans. He had some really great ideas that were much more innovative than we could have thought of. We are not designers! Ideas for where to place outlets, doors and considered we have grandchildren and pets that would use the patio, too. We saved the plans and chose not to build it at this time.
- Sherrie B.
A

Rating
We like
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's professionalism and his integrity. Sometimes that's hard to find these days, but we feel like we have found it in
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. He, himself, was unhappy with A little patchwork that he did--maybe 6 inch by 6 inch. He pointed it out and insists on redoing it to make it perfect. What more can you ask for?
- David C.
A

Rating
Awesome experience! This was my first time doing a project like this;
California Architects Provider Name Locked
walked me through it, listened to what I wanted, gave me ideas, made great suggestions and went above and beyond to make sure the final plan stayed within my budget. I got exactly what I wanted - only so much better! An A++ for communication and professionalism!
California Architects Provider Name Locked
is great!


- Deborah B.

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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

BANANA BANNER

3148 DUKE ST

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

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

Creative Concepts Design Center

2929 ESKRIDGE RD STE J

D&T Construction

PO BOX 459
Owings

Darlene Molnar LLC

2801 M Street NW

Delcid Contracting LLC

104 Williamson Road

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

Kass Remodeling

15209 Frederick Rd
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 St

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

2701 12th Street, NE

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

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

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

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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