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Colonial Heights Architects

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Studio Z Architecture
from 13 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Hal C.
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Studio Z packs a lot of punch for such a small outfit. They are very responsive and use the latest technology to creatively interpret a clients design and engineering needs. As a retired architect myself I can highly recommend Studio Z.

RDS, Inc
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Mike H.
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Carol, has been very helpful on my project. She met with me a couple of times, she's been very accommodating to my schedule. She gave great advice/ideas on laying out the existing house. Also the new addition I'm adding she gave me a solution that would allow me add another room with laundry, bathroom and office or bedroom. Her prices are very fair for the services she provides. I would recommend her services to anyone looking for an architect/designer.

Gooss + Associates, AIA
from 1 review
  • 31 years in business
Carter R.
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In the 30 years I have been in the commercial and residential construction industry, Larry has been one of my favorite architects to work with. I have known and worked with Larry for over 10 years. His attention to detail and delivering what the client wants is second to none. Larry is always using the latest design technologies in his work. My favorite is where he takes a photograph of where the structure is to go and comes back with a photograph that now includes the structure and you would swear it's already there it looks that real. It doesn't matter if it's grass lot, busy commercial corner or body of water that needs a boat house. Larry will show you exactly what it will look like before the first shovel of dirt has been moved. I won't say he's the best, but I consider him one of the best. I highly recommend Larry for any type of work whether it's a boat house, custom home, commercial or industrial building. He can design them all to your complete satisfaction.

  • 20 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Bruce H.
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Mr. Simms was prepared detailed, thoughtful plans for a replacement garage in an urban setting of an alley. I believe his pricing was fair and reasonable.

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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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