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  • 44 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany C.
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I had a great experience with Ben! He got to know my project, a basement built-out, really well and made several improvements to our drawings that pushed us through the permit office. He picked up the project from a former architect without concern (something not all architects will do) as he understand the amount of work we'd already put in and didn't want to loose. He improved upon all of it and was the critical factor to jump start our project. He's personable, smart, fair, professional and very communicative. I am grateful to him for his work for us and I would absolutely recommend him.

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from 8 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy C.
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We hired David to create CAD drawings for plans we needed to get approved from the city. David came and met our contractor and made suggestions and observations that were helpful. It is obvious he has training in architecture and is knowledgeable about minimum requirements for city code. Drawings were approved by the city and we are happy with the results. I would not hesitate to hire David again.

from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Banks D.
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He exceeded my expectations. I'm he is now my go to for all of my mechanical CAD work. Hands down the best with communication and delivering quality work.

Design & Drafting Services
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ysabel Y.
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Eli was recommended to me by my contractor. We were remodeling our home and were in need of his services. He was very prompt and we can tell he was skilled at remodeling and home renovation. He brought up good points and ideas that we wouldn't have thought of ourselves. He was clear, concise, and was very patient with our questions and concerns. He worked well with our contractor and the City, which is an entire ordeal in itself. He even went out of his way to meet with the City for questions and concerns they had. We couldn't have asked for a better engineer and drafter on our team! Thank you, Eli!

3D Modeling & CAD Services
from 2 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Todd G.
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Thank you for your help. You were able to quickly and affordable take my conceptual drawings and turn them into concrete plans.

Marie G.
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Jonesy is very professional but also personable and understanding of people's needs, situations, and how things interact with one another, when dealing with layouts. For an event, there are so many details to be aware of and he thinks about all of them! Jonesy has so many years of experience doing event management and event layouts, I would use his services for any event where I want things to run smoothly.


I have been involved in almost every aspect of home improvement and real estate, so if you need a drafter I have a thorough knowledge of some of the intricacies that can pop up as you progress in your project and can help steer you clear of common pitfalls. I like be able to educate people that had no idea of how to start or complete a project. And I love being able to look at something new and know that I had a hand in it's creation.


We are proficient and work with CAD tools, like AutoCAD, Solidworks, and Catia V5 (part modeling, GSD, drafting, and hybrid design), and also have hands-on experience with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. We have ample experience on prototyping and rendering. We do manufacturing drawings, assembly drawings, knowledge in composite plastics, and manufacturing process. We have knowledge of GD&T and proficient in reading and understanding drawings, bill of materials, etc.


I've been contracted with high profile clients that are outstanding in the community and abroad, and are very pleased with my technical work.


I prepare CAD drawings for remodeling residential projects for building permits and design work too. I do residential, new construction projects. I help homeowner or contractor get permits. I can do commercial work too. I use CAD or Revit software.

  • 11 years in business


I can provide user interface, wireframing and mapping, and some simple front-end development (HTM&CSS).


We provide 3D CAD modeling (SolidWorks) and mechanical engineering services. We have experience working with inventors to get designs to a stage that is ready to manufacture and prototype, as well as providing services to small businesses.


- Successfully completed and delivered numerous high quality, fast turn projects. - Experienced in 3D modeling and 2D layouts. - Concept to product capabilities. - Broad skill set. The application of new technologies to meet challenges. Getting to know new people.


I do architecture design and new residential and commercial tenant improvements. I also offer CAD drafting and 3-D renderings.


Services offered: * CAD drafting and design * building measuring * as-built drawings * new homes, remodels and addition plans * tenant improvements plans * restaurant design and plans * base floor plans * structural, HVAC, plumbing and electrical drawings * solar installation drawings * patent drawings * manufacturing product drawings * renderings * property assessment condition survey and report


I love working with a customer's vision to create the best possible result!

  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

I have a diverse portfolio of skills, techniques, and global experience that translates into efficient and effective design. My capabilities include, but are not limited to, art direction, graphic design, packaging, model making, product design, industrial design, or simply CAD design and drawings.


We provide quick yet detailed drawings and models of interior spaces complete with renderings and architectural plans. We specialize in architectural floor plans and elevation drawings of single-floor and multi-floor home and building projects. We also specialize in 3D models of buildings, assembly drawings of mechanical components, machine parts, automotive accessories, furniture, and consumer electronics.


I provide architectural CAD design services for residential remodeling and new construction. I can help you get a permit if you are willing to pay for an engineering consultant fee.


I do the work of a contractor without the hassle. No job is too big or too small. If you need plans and permits pulled, I have a great and affordable CAD designer. If you are not pulling permits, you can be satisfied to know the work will be code and inspector quality.

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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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