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"They were nice, polite, but no longer do residential work. I spoke to a representative who said he had some contacts and would call around, or perhaps he could" help me out outside the company. In any case I haven't heard anything more after a couple weeks.

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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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Architect reviews in Independence

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and his crew were here on time (as they always are), and did a fantastic job for what amounted to a fantastic value for us. I had the materials on-hand, and I appreciate the fact that he is always willing to work around my needs.
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is a man of integrity and has always been able to handle every job for me no matter how big or small. In the end, I always know it will be done right.
- Marc R.
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was a life saver, they are extremely professional, very knowledgable and worth every last penny they charge! Grant is the man, he saved me a lot of money and was always 100% honest, easy to work with and knew exactly what he was talking about! I strongly recommend you use them for any size project, they do amazing work!
- Kevin V.
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Wonderful to work with. She listened but proactively provided good advice and thoughtful alternatives. We went back and forth several times, each time she guided us closer to something workable and in line with our vision.
- Denise C.
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Our original patio was a slab of concrete. We now have a larger beautiful covered outdoor area that we use every day for 3 seasons of the year.
- Janice R.
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Overall very satisfied with the results.
Job was done well by
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and another gentleman.
Asked me to look at work and make sure I was happy with the results.
Only ding was on responsiveness because after purchasing the deal I could not get the person to call me back and get on the same page with my wife and I...but I was told he is no longer with the company....
Otherwise very satisfied and highly recommend them....
- Roger D.
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It went very well. They men came in and did the work. Cleaned up and the result was great. I painted the molding and everyone I show it to thinks great job.
- Marcos R.
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7This pipe repair procedure was 2 different jobs about 2 weeks apart. We have defective poly resin type pipes that have weakened and cracked causing leakage and other problems.
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was very knowledgeable on this problem, making recommendations and doing an absolute fast efficient job with the least amount of disruption on our part as homeowners. He originally was recommended to us by a friend as a capable carpenter and plumber. But I feel he can do just about anything regarding the house and landscaping. By definition he was quick, skilled, courteous as well as fair in his pricing. He has helped us in our home maintenance program with many thrifty suggestions. We would recommend him to anyone who has a need for a friend, a carpenter, or a plumber.
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is the man.
- Elaine H.
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I called to ask how I go about getting an estimate for having some remodeling work done in a bathroom. First, the person was not sure if they worked in The Woodlands. Then, I was told they were pretty busy, and could not even get me on the schedule to do an estimate. It must be great to be too busy even to give potential customers a proposal. Eventually, they will run out of work, but in the meantime, how much are their prices going to be inflated, as they are busy? It is not only this company who gave me similar answers. One company even told me it would be four weeks before they could get to me to look at the job, a further two weeks after visiting my house before an estimate would be ready, and then possibly up to two months before commencing any work. Hopefully, they might finish before Christmas! Rant over.
- Clive H.

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

ACI/BOLAND INC

1421 E 104TH ST
Kansas City

All Under One Roof

716 S Meadowbrook Street

Alpha Construction

3212 n 44th st.

Architect Design Solutions LLC

5350 NE 96th St
Kansas City

Base Built Services

2629 Manhattan Ave. PMB 219

Breckenridge Builders Inc.

2315 W 104th Terrace

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

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

CV Anderson Inc.

1796 E. Kansas City Rd.

DBL ARCHITECTURE + INC.

8031 Wenonga Road

Denmart Home Design Center

8111 N Oak Trafficway
Kansas City

DESIGN MASTERS INC

4211 E 9TH ST
Kansas City

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

DOTec Engineering Corp

424 Jefferson St
Saint Charles

Dudley Koch Steel Buildings

37604 E State Route N
Garden City

Edelman-Lyon Co

325 W 80th Street
Kansas City

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

Firestorm Construction LLC

502 Vernon St.
Buckner

framework design, inc.

1668 Jefferson St.
Kansas City

Free Energy

605 N High St
Independence

Gahagan-Eddy

4101 Prairie Lane

GAMBLE CO

1009 N COTTAGE ST
Independence

GARWOOD DESIGNS LLC

4710 S CEDAR CREST CT
Independence

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

KCERW LLC

2809 N. Twyman Rd.
Independence

LEONARDA DESIGNS

PO Box 1760
Independence

Lumberjack Construction Inc.

9431 Somerset Drive

Malnar Remodeling

7415 stearns

Malnar Remodeling

7415 Stearns

MARIONIX INC

1401 WOODLAND ST.

Modern Renaissance

Kansas City

Novus Architecture LLC

18850 W 116th St

Principal Builders, LLC

5300 W. 94th Terr.

Pro Deck & Patio Inc

13500 Oak St
Kansas City

PST Engineering

8141 N Oak Trfy
Kansas City

ReTouch Design-Build-Renovate

6025 Metcalf Lane, Suite 310

Rolyn Companies, Inc.

5706 Frederick Ave

Rooster Rubber LLC

5330 Winner Rd
Kansas City

ROTHERS DESIGN & BUILD

4224 Rainbow Blvd.

ROY E BROWNE ARCHITECT & ASSOC

24 OAK HILL CLUSTER
Independence

SBC ARCHITECTS INC

3009 Elmira Ct
Independence

SunSource Homes Inc.

1828 Walnut St.
Kansas City

Sutherlands Lumber (Kansas City & Harrisonville)

4000 Main Street (Home Office)
Kansas City

TLC Construction & Dev. Inc.

106 SW. Rosehill Rd.
Lone Jack

TOUCH OF DISTINCTION

3339 HARRISON ST
Kansas City

US CONSTRUCT ALL INC

9150 E US HIGHWAY 24
Independence

Whitney Manufacturing, Inc

4304 NE 1st Street

WILL BUILD INC

107 S MAIN ST
Independence

WorldWide Steel Buildings

PO Box 588
Peculiar

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