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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 Detroit architects
Thumbtack Customer
Paul was a pleasure to work with. Prompt and professional. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a good architect. We had a deadline to meet, and he made it happen. We are definitely gonna be using Paul again.
Controversy P.
I met George through thumbtack, I wanted to do a remodel and addition to my home and wasn’t sure how to go about it or what to do. George came to my home looked over my ideas, took measurements and made suggestions. However, he wanted half the money up front and I wasn’t comfortable giving a complete stranger $750 on the spot. After he left I talked to a contractor and asked what benefits did I to hire a architect versus having construction company lay out the plans? His response was, “nothing” I didn’t benefit from hiring 2 separate people. Later that night George texted me and said he didn’t receive the money. I texted back and said I wasn’t interested in his services and I cashapp him $50 for coming out. Now he didn’t say it was a fee to come out, I just did it because he was helpful. He replied with a negative tone, and said he was going to bill me for coming out. This is the point where the “real” George came out. At this point, he was rude and unprofessional and I’m glad I didn’t go through with doing business with him. He shouldn’t said upfront there was a fee to come out, second, he showed me pics of one project that could have been anyone’s pics. So to come out and thing it was appropriate to ask for large sums of money without even a receipt book sounds fishy. Buyer beware, con artist are in fully bloom.
George Morkos, Assoc. AIAGeorge Morkos, Assoc. AIA
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