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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 Chicago architects
Victor M.
Arlene Warda, Architect as pro. In review of A. Warda Architects Firm: In the past I have done several rehab projects on the south-east side of Chicago, and in the South Shore area. Arlene Warda has very professionally helped me get through some of the pre-construction process headaches when it comes to architectural specs, permitting, and City zoning issues. A good long standing business relationship_ & this year has been no different! Whether large or small projects, Arlene always seems to be attentive and responsive to customer needs. Satisfied customer of A. Warda Architects Firm.... Thankyou, Victor Murray
Arlene Warda ArchitectsArlene Warda Architects
Thumbtack Customer
Needed some more detailed calculations and architectural stamps on drawings for my home in Chicago second story addition. Roman came through in the clutch, was very professional and was a pleasure to do business with. I'd recommend Roman to anyone looking for a highly experience, detail oriented architect.
Design Partners Architects Ltd.Design Partners Architects Ltd.
Thumbtack Customer
Arlene is an outstanding architect with real talent. I gave her the information I had and she took it and ran with it. She is very personable and a pleasure to work with. Her rates were reasonable and a good value for the services she provided. I would highly recommend Arlene for any project that you have as she is talented and extremely experienced.
Arlene Warda ArchitectsArlene Warda Architects
Jolie F.
Carla is a pleasure to work with. Everything within the scope of her work is explained in a clear and concise manner. I value all that she brings to the project including vision, unbounded creativity and uncompromising attention to detail. She has truly been a partner on my commercial space project. She values my ideas and opinions—and it’s been a wonderful collaboration. She also gave great advice on what work we may undertake in the future. I highly recommend Carla to anyone who is looking for a great architect!
Carla Imon Pedtke Architect LLCCarla Imon Pedtke Architect LLC
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