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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 Los Angeles architects
Thumbtack Customer
Aaron is a real artist architect, he has an amazing understanding of space, material and vision. I will use him for all my projects, a real pleasure to work with.
Torrence ArchitectsTorrence Architects
Linda c.
Mr. Alaya is currently working on my project. I am in good hand with him. He is: *Very responsive. *Try every possibly way to work on my project. *Spend as much time as need to explain and work with me. *Willing to listen. *My project is small and complicated, but he values my business as a top priority customer. I am grateful and feel like I am being treated as a big corporate officer. There are many architects for hire on the market, but finding one who truly care and willing to work on a small and complicated project is not easy. Mr. Alaya is the one for my project. I am very happy with Mr. Alaya. I am sure Mr. Alaya will work on your project the same way as he is working on mine if you are looking for an architect for your project big or small. Call Mr. Alaya before you make the decision to hire an architect. I did that and I recommend Mr. Alaya for your project.
JAA Design & Drafting ServicesJAA Design & Drafting Services
Lydia B.
After encounters with several architects and over 1,000 spent with no results , I found Cristian on thumbtack . He responded right away , gave me a quote and what he would do . He completed everything permits and requirements and kept the same price no hidden fees . Honest , highly qualified and knowledgeable with codes , I recommend him to anyone looking to permit an adu or services requiring an Archtitect.
CP Design ServicesCP Design Services
Alex B.
Quentin at Archwork was very difficult to work with across all fronts. He was late to every in-person appointment we set, his turn around on changes was about a 3-4 weeks, and the designs we received did not conform to CBC requirements (all designs we received violated setback requirements). As such I terminated our contract with Quentin (see emails attached). We lost ~2 months worth of time and $2,500 for designs which were useless and had to start back at square one with a new architect. If you're planning on doing an ADU in Los Angeles, i would not recommend Quentin for the job.
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