Re: hiring an architect...fees?
I realize that you said "your experience", however I must take exception to this. Are there idiots out there who do this sort of thing? Absolutely, but I don't believe that it's the general rule, and it's certainly not true of myself. Additions should NEVER look like they're grafted on boogers, they SHOULD look like they've always been a part of the house. I not only strive for this, the building department usually has something to say about the curb appeal of all structures, particularly in "classic" parts of town.
Originally Posted by Brookworld
Further, a good many Generals who specialize in additions and remodels have in-house drafting and design skills. For the reputable ones that don't, they know when to hire a draftsman or architect to help them out.
In the end, the key is to find a competent, reliable, and scrupled General who has your best interests at heart. The cheapest guy out there is usually the cheapest for a reason ... all the reasons you stated.
I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!