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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 San Bruno architects
Sylvia H.
We hired Michael to help us draw our the ADU/JADU plans for our basement garage. It was a terrible experience. We provided some guidelines on what we wanted and he completely disregarded them with his first design. We had a good idea of what we wanted, so I provided the general layout to him, but he said that it was not feasible. I couldn’t understand why so I asked him about it and his reply was that he wasn’t hired to explain the code to me and told me to find someone else who would draw what we wanted. I just wanted a permit, so I altered what I wanted to appease him (which later I realized was really silly because I’m paying him to do what we want.). The layout I provided had a sink next to a shower - so Michael said that it wouldn’t work since there needs to be 22” in front of the shower door. Ok, so figure out a way for it to work…. But he doesn’t - he just says it’s not possible. So I bring up the fact that we can just use a more shallow vanity… and he asked, is that even to code?? He said “if it’s not to code and the plans get kicked back to me, I have to charge extra.” So, not wanting to be charged extra (he kept telling me that he will charge me extra if plans get kicked back to him - at least 4 times) I proceeded to call the building department to ask if there’s a minimum vanity size (there isn’t). During that phone call, I asked what the minimum width of an entrance to an ADU is supposed to be, and was told that it needs to be 32”. I proceeded to text Michael this and he replied no, it’s 36”. Then he texted me “Why are you micromanaging me?” And then called me a “Time waster”. Not sure if he realizes that he’s the one who kept threatening me about how he’s gonna have to charge more, so I was just doing my due diligence! I didn’t want to waste more money or time. We hired him based on great reviews, so as you can imagine, we’re very disappointed. Just wanted to share this experience so that you don’t waste your time or money on him. We decided to work with someone else even at the expense of losing half our of retainer. He will most likely reply to this review and say that I am somebody who cannot be pleased and that my previous architect did not want to work with me.
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