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Sumer Innovations
Sumer Innovations
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  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Serves Seattle, WA
At Sumer Innovations, we specialize in bringing your commercial and residential design visions to life, acknowledging that such projects are substantial financial and emotional investments. We commit to delivering top-tier, efficient, cost-effective design plans tailored to your needs, ensuring your satisfaction and peace of mind. Our Network of Professionals Sumer Innovations is a business networking company connecting clients to highly skilled and accredited professionals, including interior designers, registered architects, and licensed structural and MEP engineers. Our Services We offer extensive building design services, ensuring quality and affordability, made possible through advanced automation and sophisticated software. We have experts licensed across all 50 states, providing specialized knowledge in architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, landscape, and interior and exterior design. Personalized Client Experience Understanding the diverse needs of our clients, we provide free building consultations through Sumeria, our advanced AI chatbot, accessible on our website. By creating an account on the Sumer Innovations platform, you can discuss project details with a building expert and effortlessly receive a tailored quote and timeframe for your unique project. Whether you are tech-savvy or prefer a more traditional approach, our platform is designed to accommodate your preferences. Additionally, every client is assigned a dedicated Sumer Innovations administrator for a more personalized and attentive experience. Our Commitment Sumer Innovations is committed to delivering high-quality and efficient building designs at reasonable costs, utilizing our collaborative approach and cutting-edge technology. We aim to guide you meticulously through the design process, helping you create your ideal space. Choose Sumer Innovations Visit the Sumer Innovations website to explore our services or to start a conversation about your next project. We are eager to understand your needs and demonstrate how we can make your design dreams a reality.See more

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How do I find a good architect in Seattle?

To find a good architect in Seattle, search for architects online. Look for firms and professionals who have a solid work history and mostly positive customer reviews. Narrow your search by determining what kind of architect you need for your project: a landscape architect, a large firm or an individual freelancer. 

Next, contact at least three or five architects and ask for free cost estimates. Before you hire, ask for proof of business insurance and licensure. You can learn more about architect licensing requirements by visiting the Washington State Department of Licensing.

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.

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