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Assuming this is new single family residential

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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.

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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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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 VISION GROUP

23850 Sperry Dr Lowr
Westlake

ATCO FIRE PRO/TIROLY & ASSO

24400 Highland 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

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

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

Domokur Architects

4651 Medina Rd.
Akron

DOUGLAS NEMECKAY & ASSOC

539 E WASHINGTON ST
Chagrin Falls

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

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

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

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 Design, LLC

33205 Cannon Rd.
Solon

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

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

Rolyn Companies, Inc.

5706 Frederick Ave

SCHILL ARCHITECTURE INC

1650 CROSSINGS PKWY
Westlake

SHD-Structural Home Designers

200 Granger Road
Medina

STONE CREEK BUILDERS INC

PO BOX 584
Hudson

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

The Ultimate Deck Inc.

4755 Park Drive
Sheffield Lake

TRUE FORM CONSTRUCTION

5311 SOUTHWAY ST SW
Canton

WATSON ARCHITECTS

1145 Stonewood Ct
Westlake

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