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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 New York architects
Dennis J.
Damir was awesome. I needed the services of an registered architect to complete the tax lot merger of my duplex apartment. A bunch of other architects I contacted had no idea what the process was and their fees were extreme. Damir not only understood the arcane NYC Department of Finance policies, he also provided recommendations on how I could better complete my project even though this was outside the scope of his work. He was extremely responsive, produced high quality work quickly, and was a constant professional. Most importantly, he's a nice person. Highly recommend Damir. Will certainly work with him again next time I need the services of an registered architect.
Rahman ArchitectRahman Architect
Andrew r.
Radmila at B4 architecture literally saved the day when our original architect failed us. Under a very tight time frame she went above and beyond to help us navigate the overly complex NYC DOB permit and approval process. Always quick communication and I thought the price was very fair. Radmila continued to advocate for us and act as a resource even after we paid the final balance. Could not recommend enough.
B4 Architecture LLCB4 Architecture LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We recently contacted Jock for a crisis situation regarding permits and other DOB rules for an apartment that we are renovating. Our coop board, building management company, and the building architects gave us bad information and put us and our renovation in severe financial jeopardy. Jock was great. He responded immediately to emails, phone calls, and showed up the next day to get moving on having our issues resolved. He is knowledgable (and generous with that knowledge), efficient, on top of his game, professional and good humored. His analysis of the situation and strategy is saving us. He also successfully dealt with the malevolent idiot building manager who had to give an approval. Jock may also help us with some layout improvements. We're so glad we found and hired him!
deBoer ArchitectsdeBoer Architects
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