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Be very cautious if you want your architectural designs done correctly. This guy is not a licensed architect for NC. He can NOT stamp off on plans which we did not realize until after we paid him and are months into the project with him. He took our job claiming he could deliver and would see this project through to the end. Very unprofessional in every way. After he accepted the job and got paid he would not take a phone call, return a call, come on the job site, or visit with our GC (General Contractor). Be prepared for only texting conversations at his convenience. When we initially started talking on this project he was very responsive. Made a very quick attempt at arriving on site to start the project. He gave me a quote that I thought was great. It was $9245 for the entire architectural design. Prior quotes were in the range of $14,000-$16,000 from well known architectural companies around the area. I thought his price was great and he sold me on why his prices were so much less than anyone else’s. He said it was because he was a one-man team that worked from home. This keeps his costs down substantially. Unfortunately I believed his lies and thought he was legit. My project was under some very strict deadlines and we discussed this upfront. I even asked him repeatedly if he thought he could handle a project of this size because I didn’t have the luxury of any delay. He said assured me he would be able to deliver in just a few weeks. I told if he could I would be willing to pay him more than 80% up front in cash so that he could solely focus on our project to ensure we could get the ball rolling. His part should not have taken more than 4 weeks at most. He agreed to the project land we paid him $8000 up front We hired him somewhere around July 24. It’s now Oct 9th and he still has yet to deliver usable blue prints. I’m no architect, but my guess is that a 1.2 million dollar renovation for a live music venue with a high end barbershop, VIP rooms, VIP booths, a full kitchen, bars, offices etc. on 11,500 sq.ft. building should give us more than 10-15 jpg pics and a few floor plan layouts with measurements (which I provided to him before we started working together). No plumbing drawings, no HVAC drawings, no electrical drawings etc. He literally has sent me a few pics of what the building will look like when completed and a few pics of what the overall space will look like on the inside when done. These are not submittable plans to the city. I will attach what he has given me so you can see for yourself if you think the city would accept his drawings. At some point I started asking if he would be able to put his stamp of authenticity on the drawings to which you said he does not have a stamp. I was furious at this point because he promised me he would assist me to the end with this project. I never even dreamed this was plausible from architect. When I accused him of being a fraud he told me he would knock off the additional $1245 so that I could his designs signed off by a license architect here locally. I had no words to my frustrations at this point. Everyone knows nobody is going to sign off on someone else’s designs. He knew he could get some easy money up front and then just deal with the consequences later. I’ve seen more detailed architectural drawings from high school kids. Long story short I finally terminated our services with him and asked for a refund. More than likely we will not receive a refund and we’ll end up settling this in small claims court. Unfortunately for us he just couldn’t deliver on what he promised. He acknowledged he still owes me more drawing but even a month later he still has not delivered in-spite if him telling me countless times he would give me these additional drawings over the weekend. His response is always the same. “Over the weekend I promise I’ll have them to you!” Monday comes and NOTHING! Plain and simple you just can’t trust anything he says. I gave him countless times to make good on his promises but I had no choice. Our deadlines would not allow for any more broken promises by unprofessional subcontractors. A few weeks ago my GC recommended me use his highly praised architect. In less than 2 weeks he delivered me more drawings than I can count. They worked day and night to deliver. That’s the way it should be done. Life lesson learned next time never pay a contractor up front, do your research on them, and make sure they’re a licensed contractor. Shame on me. Attached: (See photos) this is what he thinks I should be able to give to another architect to have him sign off on and submit to the city for approval.

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Architecture succeeds when a building accomplishes more than a singular objective. Our practice takes into account more objectives than the ones our clients can verbalize. We listen carefully, we ask more questions, and we aim to perfect the aesthetics, durability, functionality, economy, scale, and construction details of every structure we create. Architecture is creating places and solving problems. The engineers in us love to solve problems and the artists in us love to create places.

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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.

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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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