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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 Lawrence architects
Thumbtack Customer
Jason did an excellent job for us. He provided had good insight to what we were looking for. He also gave us many suggestions regarding layoff, structure and city code that we were not aware of. I will use Jason on other projects. I would also recommend him to anyone that needs an architect. Very qualified.
Jason Burk, Registered ArchitectJason Burk, Registered Architect
Thumbtack Customer
Jason Burk saved us thousands of dollars in rebuilding costs and fines from the code enforcement department on our DIY project. We are very grateful to him. We decided to rebuild our roof line on our fixer upper house. It had a roof with several peaks and valleys, and an unstoppable leak. So before we re-shingled it we asked friends of the family to rebuild the roof line so that it became one long peak with 2 rectangular slopes. We drew up our sketches and obtained our county building permits. Our friends of the family were experienced builders. So we decided to be our own general contractors and let them build it as they thought best. We did not realize that anything we put on the permit sketches had to be done to the letter or we would be liable for violations and fines and could be hauled into court. So when the builders decided to attach the new rafters to the old ones that were 6 inches below them in a couple of spots it made sense to us. This would keep our walls from becoming unstable and cracking the ceiling during the building process. The permit inspector felt otherwise and called it a violation. We had 45 days to fix it. We had already finished the roof on top and would have had to tear apart most of our new roof to change this. The inspector would not budge in letting us just put in extra supports from the bottom. He would only accept it if we built it exactly to their code. It didn’t matter that it was well built and strong. They had their code and any variation from that code was a violation. The only way out was to have an architect analyze it and verify its safety. So we went on line and found Jason. He returned our call within 12 hours and was available to come out and inspect our project within 2 days. He didn’t mind making weekend or evening calls for our convenience. He analyzed it and said it was built very well. He did recommend one adjustment which we did without tearing apart anything. Then he sent a letter within 2 days to the code enforcement explaining to them that he had verified its safety. They accepted it and we were rescued from tearing down our beautiful new roof. Thank you Jason Burk!! He also had very reasonable rates. We did ask Jason about the negative response that was written about him on this website. He said it was a partner of someone who had hired him, who didn’t know how to contact him. She thought if she wrote a negative response that he would contact her. It worked, but Thumbtack would not let her retract it even though she tried several times.
Jason Burk, Registered ArchitectJason Burk, Registered Architect
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