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was so great. I had never hired an architect before and wasn't sure what kind of information she would need up front.
" walked me through the process and options for our project. In addition, she came to our condo and took very accurate measurements to ensure the drawing was going to be accurate for our contractor.
was professional, knowledgeable, and punctual. From the time I called her to the time I had drawings in hand was only a little over a week. I would absolutely use
again for any upcoming projects in our home. Thank you,
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-Laura K.

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"When a general contractor says this (and I quote this literally from his mouth) "YOU HAVE TO SPECIFY IN THE SCOPE OF WORK THAT YOU WANTED STRAIGHT WALLS"," you should either run away, fire him,
in the brains for being an freaking idiot, or just take away his contractor's license all together and tell him to go back to his clown school! What kind of dumb idiot would say such a thing. Oh that's right, our contractor,
. I asked my fellow colleagues who are real architects and interior designers, and they said that is the most ridiculous thing they have ever heard. Okay good, I'm not the crazy one. Do I really have to specify I wanted straight walls? It goes WITHOUT SAY that every built or renovated wall should be straight! COMMON SENSE
!! What's even worse is he proceed to argue with us about it. As if we were crazyfor wanting all our walls straight. Are we in the twilight zone or what?! Are these the words of a licensed contractor? Scary, very scary. He should get his licensed revoked. His subcontractor,
doesn't even have a license!!
claimed
is an employee of Fidelity, but turns out, he's just an unlicensed sub (did a background check). So this whole time, this unlicensed sloppy contractor has been working on our house. If I had know that, I would've hired some idiot off the parking lot of Home Depot!! FAIL!!! At this point, we are obviously appalled and just dumbfounded.
is the president and owns this company!! Frightening!! Not to mention, a procrastinating, lazy liar as well. Not only did the project run about 4 weeks over completion date, he never disclosed that there would be significant height/level difference in our bathroom and kitchen transition points. Really? He just responded to us as if there was nothing he could do and basically proceeded without any other alternative. And now, we have ugly level changes in our kitchen and bathroom. Thanks for the heads up!! The contract was signed on August 21st, 2014. The crew didn't start working at the house until August 29th, and I know because I was at the job site every other day, sometimes even every day. That's 8 days after we signed the contract!
also said, from the beginning, that because we were not living in the house at the time of renovation, his crew would be able to freely work on both areas at the same time, thus getting work done quicker. He said 6 weeks or mid-October they should be done. There were number of days when I went to the house and nothing was done. They didn't even show up! Infuriating! Wasting my d*** time! Mid-October rolls around. Not even close to done. Not only were delayed, they didn't even apologize for delaying our move. We were supposed to move in November 1st......so when did they actually complete the project (the word "complete" is questionable). NOVEMBER 11th!!! A mere 3-4 weeks more than what was scheduled. Not a couple days, not a week, 3 weeks delayed!! We paid close to $50,000 to get the quality and craftsmanship of a group of guys from Home Depot! - Nickel and dimed us for the stupidest little change orders - THREE weeks late finishing - Basically had to hold the foreman's hand as he always did things without asking us -
NEVER came to job site except to collect money -
NEVER once came to check on job unless there was problem - We had to ask several times to remove trash from our yard - Never sent us a schedule or gave us a timeline when we needed things, everything was always, I need this tomorrow! - Has absolutely NO clue how to restore old Craftsman homes - Has absolutely NO sense of what "craft" is, shoddy workmanship all together - Subs ALL his contractors - Didn't finish a lot of things in the house or left them broken/unfixed, lots of loose ends (and now we're stuck with it!!!) ABOVE ALL, VERY UNHAPPY WITH HIRING
CONTRACTOR (ironic because the name of the company means loyalty/faithfulness),
WAS VERY UNPROFESSIONAL, AWFUL AND RUDE, ABSOLUTELY A NIGHTMARE FROM BEGINNING TO END TO WORK WITH, NO REGARDS FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE OR QUALITY OF WORK FOR THAT MATTER. DEFINITELY AVOID, WILL NOT RECOMMEND TO ANYONE.

-Leona S.

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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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As we were planning to build our new home we searched for house plans to fill our needs. We knew the look we wanted and found the basic design but needed to change the floor plan to meet our specific needs.
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was very pleasant and helped us figure a few things out, explaining what we could and should not do to make things work. After our first plans we had to reconsider and came back with some pretty major changes, which
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redrew. Before the final plans were ready for the builder, we had another few minor changes. Through the whole process
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made the changes and sent us the proofs for review. When it came time for financing ,
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sent the copies to our financial institution without additional charge. He was great to deal with and our house looks great - just the way we wanted (even better). His price was extremely reasonable for what we had done.
- Edwin S.
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was professional, punctual (to a fault), responsive to details that came up during the job (at no added costs), did much of the installation himself with a helper. He came highly recommended from a respective president of a board of directors of a
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. Would I engage him again - absolutely!! The job was finished with everything to my complete satisfaction. Color matching paint and stain was perfect.
- Jason O.
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I was recommended to
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from Doggers construction after we had a flood in our home. Unfortunately we had to come out of pocket for this so we definitely had to do our homework.. We had three bids for the work and his came in the best. His crew were fantastic. They were on time, communicated everything before they started and followed up when they finished to make sure we were happy. They reconstructed the lower half of our home, drywall doors etc. Painted all the walls, tiled the bathrooms, hand made new shutters and worked with me to design a new fireplace that is PERFECT. We plan on using them for more upgrades to our home. I would highly recommend them.
- cynthia B.
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I was referred to
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by a friend who had previously used them to do a room addition, along with a bathroom remodel. I got to see in person the quality work they had done prior to hiring them so I was quite excited to see how our ideas would come out, and when it was time to make a choice, I didnt have a hard time deciding which contractor I wanted.
Out of all of the companies I met with, they were definitely the most professional in appearance and demeanor.. aside from that, once the project got under way, I never had a complaint. The work looks top notch, I feel like I need to have the rest of my house done in order to match how nice the remodel looks.. I actually want to be in the kitchen now
I lived in the home during the construction and they did their best to be compliant with my needs. I am looking forward to my next remodel, already thinking of things to do!
- cj M.
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We were referred to
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through a contractor and really didn't know what to expect since this was our first experience with an architect.
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always arrived on schedule and very thorough in all of her drawings and interactions. My wife and I decided to go with an architect so that we could get a third party to help us get on the same page about renovating a home. We were very surprised at the detail and knowledge that was given in the final drawing and
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also was instrumental in providing her expertise. The experience was one that was worth it and
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was great to work with.
- Wendell M.
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e used
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for a major renovation in our home. We had an addition installed to add a master bedroom and bathroom. We also had an additional bathroom installed in the basement as well as updating our kitchen and existing bathroom.
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from the beginning had a solid process and was detail oriented. Their experience really came through as the project unfolded and this put my wife and I at ease. We are very happy with the results and love our new space.
- James G.
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. He was always available and answered all our question, that were many. We are still working on the construction and all the tradesmen have been complementary of
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's work. He gave us the plans wit extra copies and a cd in case we needed more. I would recommend him with complete faith in his professionalism.
- Ruth R.
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Enjoyed working with the team. The process was easy and enjoyable, The completed plan for the basement was delivered on time. Money well spent.

- Rakesh N.

All Architects in Monroeville, PA

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131 SHAPES

131 Bascom Ave
Pittsburgh

A Preferred Restoration

150 Lake Dr
Wexford

AC REMODEL

221 RAMPART BLVD
New Kensington

AEC Diversified LLC

PO Box 191
Oakdale

AJ Stones Master Green Remodeler

510 Sandra Dr
Trafford

AMERICAN GAS LAMP WORKS LLC

101 HOEVELER STREET
Springdale

Architect Fred M Fargotstein

1717 El Paso Street
Pittsburgh

Architectural Clay Products Inc.

1025 Beaver Ave
Pittsburgh

ATLAS3DRENDERS INC

406 ARISTON AVE
Pittsburgh

BARLETT DESIGN

850 WESTERN AVE
Pittsburgh

Benderbuilt Construction

540 Highview Rd
Pittsburgh

Benjamin Lake

805 Heather Ln

Best Remodeling LLC

1990 McNary Blvd
Pittsburgh

Bethel Park Engineering

405 Hoodridge Drive Suite A1

Borgo Construction Inc

2463 Naomi Ter
Allison Park

Bruce Ensor Structural Engineer

500 N Front St
Lemoyne

Building Studio Workshop

7502 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh

BURT HILL KOSAR RITTELMANN ASSOCIATES

650 SMITHFIELD ST
Pittsburgh

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CHERNEGA CONSTRUCTION LLC

500 MILLERS LANE
Lower Burrell

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Concrete Zen

Penn Ave
Pittsburgh

DESIGN 3 ARCHITECTURE

105 MALL BLVD
Monroeville

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

DONALD SIVAVEC

615 WASHINGTON RD
Pittsburgh

EADS

11045 PARKER DR
Irwin

Eco Land Designs, LLC

PO Box 314
Sewickley

Engle Design L.L.C.

137 York Way
Monaca

EPIPHANY INTERIORS

603 BUCKINGHAM DR
Greensburg

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

Fine Design Kitchens & Baths

105 Reed St
Lower Burrell

Garner Construction Services LLC

1058 Dry Dam Rd
Jeannette

Gary J Miller Engineering Services

405 Hoodridge Drive
Pittsburgh

GLOBE Residential Design Studio, Inc.

208 Brookwood Road
Venetia

Green Design Innovation

308 Challis Lane
Sewickley

Greensburg Electric

304 Harrison Ave
Greensburg

GUNTHER J KAIER ARCHITECTS, INC

106 Commerce Blvd
Lawrence

House & Building Engineering

132 Oakwood Ave
Pittsburgh

Isbir Construction & Landscape Corp

696 McKeesport Rd
Elizabeth

J & S Construction & Design LLC

5633 Willow Terrace Dr
Bethel Park

JMM Concrete Designs LLC.

1407 Hillsdale Ave
Pittsburgh

Johnston Remodeling

1842 Virginia Via
Washington

Karl R Steinmetz - Landscape Architect

143 S. Dallas Ave.
Pittsburgh

KENNETH J KRUKOWSKI ARCHITECT, LLC

810 California Avenue
Pittsburgh

KLAUSCHER ARCHITECTS

366 LINCOLN AVE
Pittsburgh

KORZENIWSKY CULLEN ARCHITECTS

373 S ATLANTIC AVE
Pittsburgh

KSBA Architects

3441 Butler Street
Pittsburgh

L F GILBERTI ARCHITECTS INC

1028 5th Avenue
Coraopolis

Landers Landscapes

Harrison City

LEE CALISTI ARCHITECTURE+DESIGN

24 CYPRESS AVE
Greensburg

Lloyd Anthony Construction Inc.

3125 Willett Rd
Pittsburgh

Locy Construction Services

668 Ten Mile Rd
Amity

MARCHE ASSOCIATES

107 STEVENS DR
Pittsburgh

MARY CERRONE ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS

1056 S NEGLEY AVE.
Pittsburgh

McDonough Contracting

518 Saw Mill Run Rd
Butler

Michael D. Buczkowski Construction

239 Valley Road
Eighty Four

MOSHIER STUDIO

3441 Butler St # 102
Pittsburgh

MR Structures, LLC

1095 5th St.
Waynesburg

Nelson Kitchen and Bath

637 Pennsylvania 228
Mars

Penner & Associates Architects

417 Gettysburg St
Pittsburgh

POLICASTRO CONSTRUCTION INC

510 GEORGETOWN RD
Coraopolis

QUALITY STONE VENEER

1640 PERRY HWY
Portersville

QUINLISK ARCHITECTURAL

101 W KEELING AVE
Derry

R L S Associates Architects

403 Heights Drive
Gibsonia

RAW design-build

6905 Susquehanna Ave.
Pittsburgh

RICHARD B RIGHTER

1610 GOLDEN MILE HWY
Monroeville

Richard P. Rauso, Landscape Architect

267 Saunders Station Road
Trafford

ROLYN Companies

5706 FREDERICK AVE

Shelton Building Associates LLC

4805 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh

Signarama Monroeville

4901 Old William Penn Highway
Monroeville

Stanley Boyd Palmieri Design LLC

3812 William Flynn Highway
Allison Park

Steelsmith, Inc.

1216 Grandview Ave
Pittsburgh

TechnicLEE Designed

1728 Larsen Drive
Pittsburgh

The Healey Company Inc

1234 Sarah St
Pittsburgh

UNITED CONCEPTS, LLC

836 FORDHAM AVE.
Pittsburgh

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