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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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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 Westlake

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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
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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

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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

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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
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, 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

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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

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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

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Awesome experience! This was my first time doing a project like this;
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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!
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is great!


- Deborah B.

All Architects in Westlake, OH

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9TH Avenue Designs LLC

2916 Edgehill Rd
Cleveland

A To Z Construction

22251 Lorraine Dr
Strongsville

AMERICAN SHUTTER

19199 Temple
Strongsville

Amerigreen Construction, LLc.

727 Wooster Rd W
Barberton

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIOS INC

620 E Smith Rd.
Medina

ARCHITECTURAL VISION GROUP

23850 Sperry Dr Lowr
Westlake

ATCO FIRE PRO/TIROLY & ASSO

24400 Highland Rd
Cleveland

Audio Video Interiors

7204 Pearl Rd
Cleveland

B&K Scaffolding

8400 Baker st

Badger Brothers, Inc.

18073 Meadow Lane
Strongsville

BLAKELY DESIGN

27310 BASSETT RD
Westlake

Boers Construction

13275 Hathaway Rd
Garfield Hts

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carbon Construction Company

3171 W. Carleton Rd

Caruso Architecture, Inc.

3460 Ridgewood Road
Akron

Caruso's Cabinets

35960 Detroit Rd
Avon

CHERNISKY RESIDENTIAL DESIGNS, INC.

23016 Lincolnshire Dr
Bay Village

Chris Demkow Design Companies

1305 W. 80th St
Cleveland

Chronus Construction and Landscaping

1690 Woodlands Dr
Maumee

CM Consulting Group Inc

6064 Hyde St
Mentor

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

CRAIG M DIXON & ASSOC

29638 DETROIT RD
Westlake

Cramer Engineering, LLC

PO Box 22257
Akron

DANIEL J KACZOR

4699 E WALLINGS RD
Broadview Heights

DAVISON SMITH CERTO ARCHITECTS

26031 CENTER RIDGE RD
Westlake

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Domokur Architects

4651 Medina Rd.
Akron

DREAMSCAPING INC

35531 ROYALTON RD
Grafton

EA Home Repair

15118 lanning ave
Lakewood

Eli Mahler & Associates

3947 Ash Ln
Orange Village

ERIE ISLAND MANAGEMENT

27352 STURBRIDGE LN
Westlake

Excel Management

511 N Abbe Rd Ste B
Elyria

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

FMC Architects

7675 Harley Hills Dr
North Royalton

frost building maintenance Inc

7727 South Miles Rd
Cleveland

GBC DESIGN INC

565 White Pond Dr
Akron

Harmoni Designs llc

2990 Berkshire Road
Cleveland

Holland Roofing of NE Ohio

9221 Ravenna Rd
Twinsburg

Hurd Home Services

27431 Forestview Avenue
Euclid

Ianiro Landscape Development

P.O. Box 995
Chesterland

Image Line Design Inc.

8362 Lorraine Dr
Strongsville

J G B ARCHITECTS INC

5803 Pelham Dr
Cleveland

J. Gerger Architects

6650 S River Rd W
Geneva

James Martin Contractor Services

3649 Lane Road Extension
Perry

Jonathan Van Meter - Architect

1299 Paddington Ct.
Columbus

KAS INTERIORS

46200 MATHER LN
Chagrin Falls

Kindle Lighting Solutions, Inc.

31200 Solon Rd.
Olmsted Falls

Kingdom Construction & Builders LLC

4127 Westbourne Blvd.
Akron

KRALY CONSULTING

750 PROSPECT AVE
Cleveland

LESKO ASSOCIATES INC

27955 CLEMENS RD
Westlake

LMS Group

33205 Cannon Rd.

Marshall Carpet One

1451 Som Center Road
Mayfield Heights

Marshall Wright Construction and Roofing

15538 Drake Rd
Strongsville

Mayer Architectural Group Inc

12918 Thompson Rd
Vermilion

Mendrea Construction, LLC

10225 Berea Rd
Cleveland

MONROE CONSTRUCTS

PO BOX 18220
Cleveland Heights

MOORE HOME REMODELING

135 Blaze Industrial Parkway
Berea

Norlyn LLC

5655 Chatham Dr.
Seven Hills

OLIVER DESIGN GROUP

921 Literary Road
Cleveland

OnSite Of Ohio

806 Sharon Dr
Westlake

Organic Roots Horticulture,LLC

6158 State Rte 303
Ravenna

Paglia Homes Inc

12888 Rockhaven Rd
Chesterland

Performance Building & Restoration

3655 Columbia Rd.
North Olmsted

PHILIP SAGER DESIGN

1355 PARK ROW AVE
Lakewood

PORTER THE ARCHITECT

23319 DETROIT RD
Westlake

Powell Remodeling

7537 Mentor Ave Ste 201
Mentor

Prete Builders Inc

1605 St Rte 60
Vermilion

PRO Architectural Drafting - PRO Enterprises, LLC.

156 Huntington Woods Drive
Madison

R & L Home Renovations

PO Box 16173
Rocky River

ROBERT MASCHKE ARCHITECTS INC

6421 DETROIT AVENUE
Cleveland

SCHILL ARCHITECTURE INC

1650 CROSSINGS PKWY
Westlake

SHD-Structural Home Designers

200 Granger Road
Medina

STONE CREEK BUILDERS INC

PO BOX 584
Hudson

TAMER CONSTRUCTION

6134 STATE RD
Cleveland

Tazmainian repair Inc.

5199 W Ash Rd
Independence

TC3 Properties LLC.

5602 Denison Avenue
Cleveland

TERI JOHNSON INTERIORS

1541 OAKWOOD DR
Cleveland

THE ARCUS GROUP

1229 SMITH COURT
Rocky River

The Austin Company

6095 PARKLAND BLVD
Cleveland

THE DRAFTHOUSE

7547 MENTOR AVE
Mentor

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