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We are architects and planners. We have a strong background in residential design and construction. We have 40 years of experience as a licensed architect. We like small jobs, additions, kitchens, bathrooms, garages, etc Work directly with a knowledgeable and professional principal in the firm.

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Anderson Design Architects is a highly motivated firm of dedicated individuals providing quality architectural and construction-related services. The Anderson Design Architects' approach consists of (4) essential and integrated elements: 1. Emphasis on client communication in order to effectively translate client needs into sound physical solutions. 2. Effective project management and construction cost analysis in order to provide construction-related services within the client's anticipated budget. 3. The desire to create an aesthetically pleasing design conscious of historic precedence, neighboring structures and energy conservation design elements to create a holistic design solution. 4. Graphic presentations, two-dimensional and three-dimensional presentation services that define and communicate design solutions. Anderson Design Architects' goal is to provide the best possible architectural services, in addition to full client support on individual projects, from start to finish.

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Soli Terry Architects is a full-service architecture business that's dedicated to high-quality design and personalized service. Our specialty is custom new construction and remodels and residential projects. Styles range from contemporary to Northwest shingle and craftsman-style homes. We have a thorough experience in finding solutions to challenging sites, like the shoreline, steep slope, and critical area issues of waterfront properties. Our firm works in close collaborations with owners and top builders, to guarantee a quality home that accommodates your unique needs.

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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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