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Willa Work is a multifaceted design studio founded by architectural designer Grey Shaeffer (she/her). >note we are not a drafting service. If you are looking for a drafting service please contact another pro< Working collaboratively Willa Work develops deep and thoughtful architectural and interior solutions for our clients. Our work scales from the smallest measurable details to the overarching broader more conceptual strokes. Our design methodologies are derived from integrating clients evolving needs. Not just designing for now but thinking critically about the clients future. This concept reverberates into everything designed. Our passion is to provide a proverbial garden in which the client can flourish in. Founder and main designer Grey graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Reed College and then went on to study architecture at both Columbia University in New York and Sci-Arc. During her studies she also attended the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Grey is an avid traveler having taken as many opportunities to travel as possible. Her passport is up to date. Living for 10 years in Los Angeles and working for well-respected architectural and interior design firms, Grey opened her first studio Foundation for Architecture and Design in 2017. In 2021 Grey changed the name to Willa Work after her daughter's middle name Willa. Mid-2020 Grey moved with her family to the quaint Bay-area town of Mill Valley, where the Redwoods meet the sea. She continues to work for clients up and down the West Coast and beyond. When she is not working away in the studio, Grey is found in the garden with her three children building whatever they can dream up. Being a plant enthusiast She also volunteers as a docent for the San Francisco Botanical Garden. We look forward to building what you can dream up. note: We are happy to assist you in major remodels, ADU, commercial projects and new construction. However, we are not purely a drafting/permitting service. We do drafting and permitting alongside our design work as a complete project. If you are looking for only drafting and permitting services please look into other Pros on this platform.See more

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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.

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