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Lili L.

Plus Construction LLC

Open my restaurant in 3 months! Including the in-house design! very satisfied with the work :)

Jan 9, 2018

Peter E.

Valle Remodeling Inc.

Valle installed a new door in our building. They communicated very well during the selection (door) process; came when they said they would, and did a beautiful job. Happy to recommend them,

Mar 16, 2017

William G.

Eagle Home Solutions inc. (Walt . L)

Walter showed up on time, got the job done quickly and correctly, and didn't leave a mess behind like some plumbers I've dealt with in the past. Not only would I recommend him for a future job, I've already taken my own advice -- he's also a general contractor, and I'm already using him for an exterior house repair this weekend.

Feb 17, 2017

Kelan F.

Trana Constructions, LLC

Can't say enough about Norlan! My deck was in dire need of repair. When I purchased my home 4 years ago, the deck needed to be repaired, but I didn't have the money to do it at the time. When I was able to take care of it, Norlan responded and did everything we wanted and more. His team was professional, friendly, made sure I was happy with the work, and gave me an amazing price! After he finished the deck, we asked him to do more work. You won't regret using Norlan Construction. Great job!

Jul 25, 2016

Raptor N.

The Curtis Group t/a Odd Jobs.Pro

Came highly recommended! Extremely professional and courteous. Had them replace trim extensively, paint exterior of house and general sealing and caulking. Job had some weather related delays but other than minor adjustments to our punch list, these guys did a great job. Will definitely hire them again!

Oct 15, 2015

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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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