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Mount Pleasant Architects

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We are an architecture firm dedicated to helping our clients create beautiful, healthy, comfortable, energy-efficient homes. Whether a new home, an addition, or renovation of an existing home, The Middleton Group treats every project with the same level of quality and attention. With your help, we can create sustainable homes that will last for generations to come. Our firm focuses on sustainable, environmentally-conscious design. Sustainable architecture seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by enhancing efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and land development. Sustainable design is about being responsible with the earth's resources. However, green design is not just about the impact on the environment, but also the impact on the occupants of the buildings. We strive to design buildings that are comfortable, healthy, and as efficient as possible. The Middleton Group is proud to be a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and a partner of the Energy Star Program.

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I have been a sole practitioner since 1980. I have experience in practically all types of architecture, from office to restaurant and others. I have done offices from one story to thirty story, restaurants from fine dining to fast-food, educational and churches.

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Tidewater Architects, LLC is a Full-Service Architecture Firm, located here in the Low Country. Our wide range of expertise includes Residential Architecture, Commercial Architecture, Land Planning, Interior Design and Project Management Services. We offer the following services: • New Construction • Additions • Renovations • Tenant Improvements Whether you need a conceptual design or full construction documents, Tidewater Architects will help you with your next project.

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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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