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  • 50 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
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White Oak Construction has worked with Crumlish & Crumlish Architects, Inc. on many commercial projects both for design build as our subcontractor and as the architect for the client. Brendan Crumlish has always been professional, through and attentive during each project we have work with him on. His integrity and depth of knowledge are main reasons we highly recommend this company. Jon Gable - Vice President - Commercial Construction (317) 965-7773


The most important member of the dlb Architects team is you, the owner. We communicate with you in a creative design process, turning your dreams into reality. Your goals are our goals. Our reward is a satisfied client. Although the firm is quite young, David has 20 years of experience in serving clients just like you. David broadened his architectural experience working at exemplary firms including Progressive, GMB, TPTA and Architects Collective (see resume). As a project/design architect at those firms, David often championed the team to develop facility designs. The buildings pictured in this portfolio represent team efforts. The development sketches represent David's communication and design skills, while the captions state specifically of David's role. dlb Architects is equipped to provide the services you will require. We will assemble a team specifically tailored to your needs. We have developed associations with other design professionals that can be utilized (if needed) to complete your project. Please drop us a note, or give us a call so we can present our capabilities. We are eager to discuss your project and see how we can assist you.


If you have a problem with a building, we can help. We are professionals that guide you to finding just the right solution, just as a lawyer would help you with a legal problem. We help you with building problems. It may be dealing with a pesky roof leak to "Do we need a new building?" We are design specialists with a broad range of experience to bring to bear on your building needs. We are the one party involved who's job it is to watch out for you.

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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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