The extensive covered verandas wrapping around the exterior provide sheltered outdoor rooms and passive solar shading devices. Their framework displays exposed structural cedar beams, columns reclaimed from the site, corbels and rafters.

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Architectural Services

Hourly Rate

Obviously, this is an important factor of the final fee. You are entitled to know what your architect and his employees are using as an hourly rate on your project.

The lowest fee for architectural and engineering services may not be as good a bargain as a higher, more comprehensive fee after you analyze and understand what is included. It is critical to spend an appropriate amount for professional services or you are underinvesting in the single most important phase of your project. If you let your architect do his best job, he will be saving you money and instilling value at each phase of the project.

John Ruskin, a famous 19th century art historian and scholar wrote, "It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. For when you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because that which you paid for is incapable of doing what it was bought to do. The common law of business prohibits paying a little and getting a lot, it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is wise to add something for the risk you take and if you do that you might as well pay for something better."

Although I have tried upon occasion, I have not managed to ever say it better.


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About Design

The architect is the one professional who has the education, training, experience, and vision to guide you through
the entire design and construction process, from helping you define what you want to build to helping you get the most for your construction dollar.

Architects see the big picture. They don't just design four walls and a roof - they create total environments, interiors and exteriors, that satisfy functional needs and are exciting, dynamic spaces in which to work and more [+]

A Beginner's Guide to Selecting an Architect

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