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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.

What do house plans consist of?

In a house plan, you can expect to see an overview of the construction site, floor plans, roof plans, foundation plans, electrical plans, exterior elevation and more. Always ask your architect what they plan to include in your house plan.

Reviews for Berkeley architects
Stephanie M.
Mahya is the architect you want to work with. She is highly responsive, she held our hands through the ADU design and permitting process in Berkeley, has a ton of experience in the process, gave us quick revisions and created a design we love. She is creative, flexible and professional. We would hire her again in a heartbeat.
Mahya Salehi StudioMahya Salehi Studio
Jennie D.
Nick is awesome. We hired him to create a site plan for a city building permit (long, painful story), and here's what Nick did that was great: (1) He was super responsive right away and throughout the process. (2) He wrote up a contract and bid right away and stuck to it. (3) He helped us come up with some creative approaches to an issue we were having with the city. We'd become really overwhelmed and he helped talk through ways to approach the problem. (4) He's nice. Super, super nice. (5) He returns calls quickly and you don't feel like you have to jump through hoops and schedule an appointment a week down the line to talk to him. (6) His work is solid, professional, and clean. (7) He thinks outside the box when dealing with the city. (8) He delivered the product right on time, as we'd agreed. If you're going through any kind of building/permitting process and want someone who is not only an excellent architect but also great to talk through, kind, and thoughtful--then Nick is your man.
Tradecraft ArchitectureTradecraft Architecture
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