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My Architect
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  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Maria J.
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I'm very satisfied with the Architect Robert Martin Cwikla. He always was ready to help on my project. First, he made me a set of blueprints and then I needed to redo it because I made a few important changes, but he was always willing to help me. Which I appreciate a lot.

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We primarily and proudly design residential architecture -- homes, additions and renovations -- in the triangle area and beyond and have been for the past 30 years. We do residental design for both new construction and renovations.

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Tobin Studio, PLLC has more than 20 years of experience providing architectural design services. We work with each of our clients to discover the needs and desires for their project. Our work reflects a strong connection to person and place with an emphasis on aesthetics, craft, and detail. The goal for each project is to create an integrated design that incorporates successful period-appropriate design with current building assemblies for a beautiful, durable, and efficient project. We love to work with homeowners and small business owners to design and create spaces that improve their lives. The best feeling we get on any project is seeing the excitement on our clients' faces at the beginning, and the wonder and joy when the project is complete.

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We offer green, urban and smart architecture. We offer full architectural services, commercial and residential. We are LEED accredited, based in downtown Raleigh. We have special interest in sustainable design, urban infill, mixed-use development, and challenging renewable sites.

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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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