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"I cannot say enough about how Pat's positive approach enabled a plan to be formulated according to what I needed to have done to feel comfortable with my home." Her willingness to delve into the city's guidelines for property development assured me that the plans would be in line with what could be done. She is knowledgeable, thorough, and pleasant to work with in moving towards one's goals.

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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 Buffalo

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We needed a new backsplash in the kitchen for a fairly large area. We needed it done quickly for a birthday party. Ed came by and helped us decide what tile would look best and gave us a great price for the amount of work. The guys came in, tore out the old tile and removed all the debris. They patched the drywall, cut tile to fit around several outlets and corners. Then the guys did a beautiful job installing the tile. They cleaned up and wiped down the counters. Very professional and everything went very smoothly.
- Scott R.
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G ARC did an excellent job with the design. They are very experienced as well as creative. They listened carefully to our requirements and feedbacks, identified the core design issues and needs, and prioritized our goals. We have a limited budget. Their design achieve our both functional and aesthetic goals in a cost-effective way, which I really appreciate.
They are professional too. They arranged regular meetings to allow us to review the design progresses and made sure everyone is on the same page. They explained the design in a way that laymen could understand. One thing I have to mention is that, they use photo realistic renderings and animations to visualize the final looking of the restaurant, which is SO easy for us to understand (I am not very good at reading plans and elevations). In addition, they brought us to showrooms to see the real products or ordered material samples that could be used in the project, which helped us to make decisions with confidence. On top of this, they care about every detail to make sure they work.
- Juan S.
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I purchased a coupon off of Angie's list for a backsplash for $499. After picking out tile from Home Depot and scheduling the appointment a man from
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came to install. He tried to begin but his saw was not working to cut the tile he hung around for two hours waiting to get direction from the office as what to do. They ended up rescheduling someone else to come out. A few days later two different men came and looked at what needed to be done, only to tell me they didn't have the correct tools. They left, having to reschedule a third time. The next week two new men came again without the correct tools. They felt bad and left to get what they needed to begin the job. It took them a day to complete, but it finally was begun. The next day as I am getting ready for work I get a phone call that the contractors are at my house to grout the tile. Never receiving notice a phone call or email from the office I had to call out of work sick to meet them so they could complete the job. When all was said and done upon looking at the competed backsplash I discovered a cracked tile by the sink outlet. It has been such a headache dealing with this company I chose just to leave it, I couldn't afford to take a fourth day off of work to accommodate them. I would not use
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again. The communication is terrible within the company and with its customers. The workers are all extremely nice and polite, it's a shame they have to deal with such unorganized management. I guess you get what you pay for, needless to say I won't be purchasing anymore Angie's list coupons.
- Jennifer T.
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I first met with
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, Adaptions Design Studio, in my home with
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from A-1 Builders Inc to discuss remodeling my bathroom, including certain aging in place options. Once the contract was signed, I begin working with Tristen
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, a designer with Adaptions. Tristen prepared a
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out for the bathroom design for my review. We talked and met several times to discuss various options. I worked with Tristen to select tile, paint, and plumbing fixtures. She was very attentive to my questions and concerns and listened to my thoughts and ideas. She was great at putting together different tile for the shower that would still coordinate with the existing floor tile and reassured me when I had concerns. She was available throughout the remodel when questions came up, including clarifying the tile layout. She was very responsive to my phone calls and emails. In short, she was a delight to work with!
- Nancy M.
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Unable to schedule initial visit due to lack of response from the "Estimator". Initially contacted on 8/11/15 at 11:12 am and followed up again on 8/13/15 at 10:34 am. Each time I was told by the front office lady that an "estimator" will contact me. Nobody contacted me as of this afternoon (8/19/15 1:02 pm). Contacted another service provider and immediately able to schedule an appointment.
- Sirish K.
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We completed a kitchen and dining room renovation with
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this January (2015) on our 1940s home.



The process started with a review of the space and idea discussions back in Summer of 2013 when we first moved into the house. He was thorough in his overview of the property and we talked ideas and primary concerns. After the meeting, we decided to get designs drawn up and get on our way to making the dream a reality. Jereme presented 3 different and innovative design options that met our primary criteria, but gave us different pros/cons to consider around cost and/or design. The designs were also accompanied by an estimate with specific line items/materials incorporated (plus some options if we wanted custom molding, upgraded appliances, etc.). We noodled and saved (and also had two other kitchen designers draw up their ideas) and finally to the plunge in November to start our 10 week renovation process.



The idea of actually starting a kitchen renovation is scary, but the process actually went well. Both my husband and I remarked at how clean the crew maintained the worksite and how they paid attention to keeping the rest of our home as operational as possible. Jereme himself was super attentive and provided great communication. We handled the majority of our daily communication through email (preferred, as we both work and we could answer quickly) and he was personally on-site several days each week. Jereme gave us practical advice where necessary if it involved saving time/costs and was a sleuth at securing the best costs and presenting options for the various design decisions. That helped us focus on "high payoff" items vs getting dragged down into the minutia. We had complete trust in him.



The build itself went pretty smoothly. The skilled laborers were professional and seemed to take pride in their work. After 6 months of daily cooking and weekly entertaining, the craftsmanship looks just like Day 1. As for our day-to-day general contractor,
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, he was just ok. If Jereme had not been as great at communicating and making sure the job site looked great, we might have rated the overall effort differently because of that factor.
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seemed to stop by when he could and didn't seem to have the empathy/follow-through when we could see that the timing was going to run over.



At the end, the outcome is absolutely beautiful. Of course we were over a bit on budget, but within reason and it was largely our changes (went with high end appliances and required additional electrical work or decided to change from stainless to panels). What they say is true -- any single change after a design is set can have little repercussions. Make your decisions up front! We also went over our time estimate by a couple of weeks due to Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years holidays but ultimately couldn't be happier with the results. The space is phenomenal for our family of four and expertly designed for our lifestyle and aesthetics. I think it is a kitchen that will stand the test of time.



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- Steve C.
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Unfortunately, we were not able to build the deck. While
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was very responsive to our requests, and requests from the city department of building, he was just not that familiar with building code when it came to roof decks. (To be fair, I don't know that the city people were terribly familiar with the code either, and they seemed to be out to get us.) It was a three month long exercise in frustration. While
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was responsive and made very thorough plans, it just didn't work out. I have no doubt he would do well with a more routine home or garage project, and he is very easy to work with.
- Amanda S.
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From the beginning of the process to the end all the steps needed to complete the design process were handled professionally, ethically, and timely.
- John S.

Architects in Buffalo, NY

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A+ Contractors of WNY LLC

3840 E ROBINSON RD
Buffalo

ABS Foundation Services Inc

765 East Ave
Hilton

ALSO INTERIORS LTD

8321 MAIN ST
Buffalo

AMERICAN INSTITUTE-ARCHITECTS

3435 MAIN ST
Buffalo

ANDREJKO & ASSOC ENERGY

203 DELAMERE RD
Buffalo

ARCH PAGING

2870 NIAGARA FALLS BLVD
Buffalo

ARCHITECTURAL RESOURCES

505 FRANKLIN ST
Buffalo

ARCHITECTURAL WIRE WORKS

274 CAYUGA RD
Buffalo

ARCHITECTURE UNLIMITED

8304 MAIN ST
Buffalo

Armitage Architecture

443 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo

Bap Architectural Svc

2142 Marshland Rd
Apalachin

Barbier Lawrence Architect, PLLC

473 Bradford Road
Schenectady

BARTON HOVEY NARDINI & TRIES

2495 MAIN ST
Buffalo

Benjamin Lake

805 Heather Ln

Best Tile - Buffalo

2800 Walden Ave
Buffalo

Biond Art Enterprises

60 S Cascade Dr
Springville

Building Inspectors of WNY Inc

7011 Bear Ridge Rd
North Tonawanda

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CARMINA & WOOD ARCHITECTURE

487 MAIN ST
Buffalo

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF BUFFALO

38 WESTFIELD RD
Buffalo

CHAINTREULL JENSON & STARK

755 Seneca St
Buffalo

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

CONSTRUCTION MONITORING

443 WINSPEAR AVE
Buffalo

CONWAY & CO

2320 WEHRLE DR
Buffalo

Creative Remodeling Services, LLC

3614 North Buffalo Road
Orchard Park

CUSTOM LANDSCAPE & PATIO

8401 Akron Rd
Lockport

CV3 Architectural PC

7389 East Quaker Street
Orchard Park

Dean Architects, PLLC

3284 Walden Ave.
Depew

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

DONALD E BRUNDAGE PC

4248 Ridge Lea Rd Ste 5
Buffalo

DRF DESIGN

212 BRANTWOOD RD
Buffalo

E I TEAM

2060 SHERIDAN DR
Buffalo

ECO-LOGIC STUDIO

2495 MAIN ST
Buffalo

EDWARD D RUSSELL ARCHITECTS

449 FRANKLIN ST
Buffalo

Elegant Builders

1401 Sweet Rd
East Aurora

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

FLYNN BATTAGLIA ARCHITECTS

617 MAIN ST
Buffalo

FRIZLEN GROUP ARCHITECTS

257 Lafayette Ave
Buffalo

GALBO ARCHITECTS

938 Parkside Ave
Buffalo

GEORGE LUKASZEWICZ ARCHITECTS

455 COMMERCE DR
Buffalo

GEORGE PEARLMAN ASSOC

32 LEMAY CT
Buffalo

GORDON W JONES ASSOC

5757 MAIN ST
Buffalo

HAMILTON HOUSTON LOWNIE

172 ALLEN ST
Buffalo

HARRINGTON & SANDBERG ARCHTCTR

225 DELAWARE AVE
Buffalo

Image Interiors

25 Pacecrest Ct
Buffalo

INFINITY ARCHITECTURAL WINDOW

1555 NIAGARA ST
Buffalo

JAMES E PELLOW AIA

700 BEACH RD
Buffalo

JAMES FAHY DESIGN

2024 W HENRIETTA RD
Rochester

JAMES J WITTMANN

13 FOLGER ST
Buffalo

JOHN R HAAS ARCHITECT PC

443 DELAWARE AVE
Buffalo

JOHN SHAFLUCAS ARCHITECTS

1260 SWEET HOME RD
Buffalo

JOHN WINGFELDER Architect, PC

272 HUNTINGTON AVE
Buffalo

KENNETH MAC KAY ARCHITECTURE

103 DELAWARE RD
Buffalo

KEVIN CONNORS & ASSOC

2495 MAIN ST
Buffalo

KIDENEY ARCHITECTS

200 JOHN JAMES AUDUBON
Buffalo

KINAN ARCHITECT

289 LEXINGTON AVE
Buffalo

LABELLA ASSOCIATES

70 NIAGARA SQ
Buffalo

Larry Hall - Consulting & Restorations

5138 Lower Mountain Rd.
Lockport

Larsen Design & Development

1133 Oak Street
Syracuse

Lauer-Manguso & Assoc

4080 Ridge Lea Rd
Buffalo

Leon Komm & Son Monument Company

1640 E Delavan Ave
Buffalo

LOUIS DESIGN GROUP INC

427 DELAWARE AVE
Buffalo

M ORFI ARCHITECT INC

4053 MAPLE RD
Buffalo

MACH ARCHITECTURE & ENGRG

5500 MAIN ST
Buffalo

MAX WILLIG ARCHITECT

415 AMHERST ST
Buffalo

McGreevy Construction

33 Livingston St
Buffalo

MUSSACHIO ARCHITECTS

30 N FOREST RD
Buffalo

MWT ARCHITECTURE

169 Delaware Ave
Buffalo

Northtowns Remodeling Corp.

1589 Sheridan Dr.
Buffalo

PALMISANO ARCHITECTURE & DSGN

491 DELAWARE AVE
Buffalo

PETER NOWAK

44 N PEARL ST
Buffalo

Quaker Millwork & Lumber

77 South Davis Street
Orchard Park

R G DESIGN SOLUTIONS

427 DELAWARE AVE
Buffalo

RAC Engineering PC

658 Oliver Street
North Tonawanda

RACENIS VIESTARTS ARCH

68 STILLWELL AVE
Buffalo

RICHARD B MAIDES

1 CHATEAU TER
Buffalo

ROBERT TRAYNHAM COLES PC

295 MAIN ST
Buffalo

ROBERTS SHACKLETON & BOY

66 CAYUGA RD
Buffalo

Rolyn Companies, Inc.

5706 Frederick Ave

SCHEID ARCHITECTURAL

111 ELMWOOD AVE
Buffalo

SCHNEIDER DESIGN ARCHITECTS PC

427 DELAWARE AVE
Buffalo

SILVESTRI ARCHITECTS

1321 Millersport Hwy Ste 101
Buffalo

Simplex Industries

1 Simplex Dr.

Simply Decorate, LLC

300 East 57th Street
New York

STIEGLITZ SNYDER ARCHITECTURE

425 FRANKLIN ST
Buffalo

STIEVATER ASSOCIATES

255 PEARL ST
Buffalo

THOMAS ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS

43 COURT ST
Buffalo

THOMAS E CIMINELLI ARCH PC

1560 HARLEM RD
Buffalo

TOM ANDREWS CONSTRUCTION

5360 GENESEE STREET STE 105
Bowmansville

TOMMASO BRIATICO

120 W Tupper St Ste 200
Buffalo

TRAUTMAN ASSOCIATES

470 FRANKLIN ST
Buffalo

TRM ARCHITECT

448 DELAWARE AVE
Buffalo

Turner Engineering

38 Greenbrier Rd.
Buffalo

Wellington Fund & Associates

24 Lincklaen St.
Cazenovia

WENDEL DUCHSCHERER ARCHITECTS

140 JOHN JAMES AUDUBON PKWY
Buffalo

WILLIAM L LONG & ASSOC

189 KENMORE AVE
Buffalo

WILLIAM SCOTT ARCHITECT PC

350 ESSJAY RD
Buffalo

YOUNG ARCHITECTURAL

726 EXCHANGE ST
Buffalo

ZAXIS ARCHITECTURAL PC

4245 UNION RD
Buffalo

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