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  • 33 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa B.
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Steve is a great guy, very genuine. We only had somewhat of an idea of what we had in mind when designing a gazebo/patio cover for our backyard. Steve quickly came up with a plan and sent us a design the same day. We had a bid by the following day and we were very happy with the quote. He sent us a supply list and my husband met him at Home Depot to purchase the items and arrange for delivery. Steve provides his customers with his veteran's discount, which is very helpful. It's important to keep in mind that Steve is a one-man-show, so projects may take a little longer. I'm not exactly sure how he managed to do it without help. I'm certain it took some careful maneuvering and a lot of patience. We also had to contend with some rain delays. Our project took almost exactly one month, but worth the wait. We love it. As Steve began working on the project, he realized some changes needed be made, due to the size and it needing more support, and we would receive occasional receipts left behind for reimbursement. At one point, nearing the end of the project, there was some confusion/miscommunication between us. We thought that the additional supports and such were included in our original bid since, to us, it seemed necessary to the strength of the structure. This wasn't the case, so instead of paying more out of pocket than we had intended my husband offered to finish that portion of the job. We love the finished product and have already entertained friends. Steve works very hard, and is very easy to work with. He has great ideas, just be sure to ask if it will be in addition to the original quote. Again, overall we love, love, love the patio cover, and Steve was easy to work with.

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How do architects work?

Architects may work for an architecture or engineering firm, they may work for a government organization, they can work for a construction company, or they may be self-employed (freelance). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that architects spend a large amount of their working time in the home or company office: meeting with clients; creating reports and architectural drawings; and working with other architects and engineers. When not in an office, an architect is often at the construction site either as part of the development of plans or to ensure building progress is following the blueprint.

When a client interacts with an architect, it is typically to have them design drawings for the construction of a house or a building. If you are a client who has hired a large architecture firm, there may be a team of people working on your design. But if you are working with a freelance architect or a smaller firm, one person (or a small group) will take your concept and translate it into an architectural blueprint that a builder can use to construct a house. The plans will lay out everything from the depth of the foundation to the materials to use to the type of metal to be used in the reinforcement. Once the plans have been created and handed off to the builder, the architect may remain on the project — depending on budget — and oversee progress.

How do architects charge for their services?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary of an architect in 2016 was $76,930. This range included architects with every type of company as well as self-employed architects. Depending on the architect and whether they’re with a firm or independent, they may charge per hour or by the square foot, or they may charge a percentage of the total budget for a construction project. An hourly rate is typically used for smaller projects such as providing consultation, helping clients hone their concept before the design process begins, or drafting documents and plans. If an architect is working on an hourly basis on a larger project, there will usually be an agreed-upon cap on the number of hours they will work. For larger projects, such as new construction or total overhaul remodels, architects may charge a percentage of the total construction costs. The architect will usually set the percentage you will pay after the total cost of construction has been accounted for. Percentages can range within a firm depending on the extent of the services they’re providing. For example, a lower percentage of the total construction costs may include drafting and minimal consultation and guidance along the way, while a higher percentage could include on-site project management services with every detail attended to. Architects may also charge by the square footage of the project. The rate per square foot can vary depending on the individual’s training, the services they are providing, the complexity of the project, and other factors — such as obtaining permits. The national average cost to hire an architect is between $1,690 and $2,500.

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