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About J Architects

j ARCHITECTS: Jim Rymsza, AIA

Everyone should be able to afford great architectural design. All too often, homeowners in need of design and permitting assistance feel they cannot afford an architect, or that those services are reserved only for custom homes.

My typical clients are people who love their neighborhood and want to explore adding on to their current home rather than jumping into the real estate market. An expanding family requiring extra bedroom space or a new backyard family room are typical projects. Based in Seattle's Ravenna/Bryant Neighborhood with over 20 years of local experience, I am a fully licensed architect and I specialize in sustainable, affordable design, for single family, multi-family projects and neighborhood commercial projects.

My projects range from backyard and second floor additions for Seattle bungalows to new, custom, contemporary homes. My commercial clients range from housing for local non-profits to commercial tenant improvements. References are happily provided upon request.

If you are considering working with an architect, I'd love to talk to you about your project. My fees are reasonable and the first consultation is gratis. I can assist you with a range of services, from "I just need a permit" to full service design and construction administration.

Location

Seattle, WA 98115

Question and answer

Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

A. Architects who have "AIA" (American Inst. of Architects) after their name must partake in 18 hours of professional development education each year. These courses involve life safety, sustainable design, and technology issues. These courses are designed to keep continuing practitioners up-to-date and informed.

Q. What types of customers have you worked with?

A. 75% of my work consists of residential remodels...typically, adding space for growing families. The other 25% is a mix of new residential and small commercial jobs.

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. If I were hiring any service provider, I'd want to know a bit about them first: How long have they been doing what they do? Can they show me examples of their past work? Are there references to be had? Are they honestly interested in the project? Also, do our personalities match up? Will I feel comfortable entering into a professional relationship with that person?

Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

A. Design is an iterative process...typically the best solutions to a design problem comes over time from an honest collaboration of client, design professional and builder.

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