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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 Redmond architects
Larry G.
Lawrence is an engaged and thoughtful architect and took the time to become familiar with us and the site before he started to bring us a few proposals and then refine the pieces out of each and pieces drawn freehand on the fly. He was able to help us locate some of the preliminary professionals (survey, engineering, etc.) so that the work was well defined by the time the contractors made bids- detailed blueprints eliminate ambiguity when comparing bids and Lawrence put that sort of package together and then supported getting it blessed through several rounds of "oh- one more thing" from the city during the permitting process. Persistent and professional.
Lawrence Houston ArchitectLawrence Houston Architect
Thumbtack Customer
We were looking for an architect to help us put to paper our design ideas for a remodel while keeping us within a specific budget and timeframe. HDA filled the bill all the way around. HDA was professional and timely in all their correspondence and eager to listen to us and help. HDA made several trips to our house, the first one free to meet with us and ensure everything was right from the start. The quality of the work was very impressive and never outside of our wishes. Never did HDA try to draw or build anything we did not want! HDA went above and beyond in every way, including crawling around under the house, on multiple occasions to ensure the plans and engineering were right. And to top it all off, HDA was the best price, beeting all other bidders by a mile! I would hire them again in a minute and will recommend them to everyone I know.
HDA Studio, Design & Architecture, PLLCHDA Studio, Design & Architecture, PLLC
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