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3. MTLdesigns LLC
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Springfield, MO
"Where to start?? Michael met with us on a Sunday and we dumped 4 years worth of planning and our vision/ideas on him! A normal meeting probably takes an hour or 2 but I'm NOT normally and our initial meeting was closer to 5 hours. I have extremely high expectations and often tell people bidding on work for me "you may not want this job because I'm very picky/OCD! He put up with my 11pm phone and text messages because when I have a lightbulb moment, I MUST share it right away no mater what hour it may be! He altered my plan several times and NEVER complained. Honestly that shocked me since he originally gave me what I told him. 3D Plan and why this is so important! I'm going to be my own GC for this build first time doing so! So far I have hired the Concrete Co, Exevator, Electrician and General Construction crew to build our home. All of the LOVED the 3D plan that was part of the package we got. At the time I didn't care about the 3D part BECAUSE I already new exactly what I wanted in my mind. What I didn't consider is how to relay my vision to tradesmen that are creating my dream AGAIN very important!!!! My general construction crews exact quote was " wow!! The 3D plan takes out all the guess work for him. He just have to build exactly what he sees! That guesswork can cost a home owner 5-10% MORE just on a bid and if the builder has to change something because the homeowner doesn't like something you could be talking several thousands of dollars when building!!!!! So putting it in 101terms! I got a 10% savings on labor because the 3D plan. That just savings was MORE then I paid for the plans!!!! Also I'm building with SIP's and Michael was able to quickly and logically move electrical/plumbing out of the SIP's that saved me an additional 5% or ($6,600) off the cost of the SIP's!!!! I've made money!!!! I will add photos and continue to update as we proceed down this process! Words don't explain how happy I am. I've already referred my sister to him. She's building a new dream home this summer. Sadly they learned the hard way of improper planing. The built new custom 2 years ago and HATE their house. She too had a customs home build."

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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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