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Why Hire an Architect?

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

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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.


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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Architects in Independence, MO

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"KCS" Kansas City Sunrooms, Room Additions

7900 NW 100th Street
Kansas City

Absolute Access & Elevator

Historic Downtown
Lee's Summit


1421 E 104TH ST
Kansas City

Caleb Buland, Architect

9728 N Highland Ter
Kansas City

Capital Renovationsins Inc.

454 W Meadowlark St

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Complete LLC

8666 W 96th St

Coulston Construction

6400 N Spruce Ave
Kansas City

CV Anderson Inc.

1796 E. Kansas City Rd.


8031 Wenonga Road

Denmart Home Design Center

8111 N Oak Trafficway
Kansas City


4211 E 9TH ST
Kansas City

DOTec Engineering Corp

424 Jefferson St
Saint Charles

Dual Design / David W. Jackson

5951 N. Killdeer Dr.

Dudley Koch Steel Buildings

37604 E State Route N
Garden City

Earthworks Architecture

13025 Woodridge St
Platte City

Edelman-Lyon Co

325 W 80th Street
Kansas City

Firestorm Construction LLC

502 Vernon St.


P.O. Box 542

framework design, inc.

1668 Jefferson St.
Kansas City

Free Energy

605 N High St


4101 Prairie Lane





J R Construction, LLC

2001 Grand Blvd
Kansas City

Jantsch Architects, Inc.

523 Walnut Street
Kansas City

K.E. Smith construction

8631 N. Kansas Ave.
Kansas City

Kansas City CLOSET Co.

6513 Railroad Street
Kansas City

KC Builders & Design Inc

16220 Foster Street

KC Solar LLC

115 Vamo Rd


2809 N. Twyman Rd.

Kodiak Steel Homes

9748 Maumelle Blvd

Lumberjack Construction Inc.

9431 Somerset Drive

Malnar Remodeling

7415 stearns

Malnar Remodeling

7415 Stearns



Modern Renaissance

Kansas City

NSPJ Architects, P.A.

3515 W 75th St #201

Principal Builders, LLC

5300 W. 94th Terr.

Pro Deck & Patio Inc

13500 Oak St
Kansas City

PST Engineering

8141 N Oak Trfy
Kansas City

Rooster Rubber LLC

5330 Winner Rd
Kansas City


4224 Rainbow Blvd.




3009 Elmira Ct

Shirley Design Studio, Architects LLC

4435 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City

SunSource Homes Inc.

1828 Walnut St.
Kansas City

TLC Construction & Dev. Inc.

106 SW. Rosehill Rd.
Lone Jack


9150 E US HIGHWAY 24

Vicki Stephens & Company

7070 Renner Road

Whitney Manufacturing, Inc

4304 NE 1st Street



WorldWide Steel Buildings

PO Box 588

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