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Old 03-01-2011, 05:13 PM
 
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Is there any architects here I could Direct Message??
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:32 AM
 
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I know an architect, and she would tell you that there are thousands and thousands of plans already out there, many for free, so it would be an absurd waste of money to pay her 200 Dollars per hour to re-invent the same wheel. Assuming it is for a house....
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:55 AM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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While an architect isn't necessary for most residential scale projects they can be very worth every penny to come up with creative solutions for challenging lots and/or renovations to an existing building or house. A house plan designed with no regard for the context in which it is built is not always the best solution.

I'm not a licensed architect but I am an architectural designer specializing in residential design. I'm not sure what your needs are but you can PM me with your questions. I'll be cheaper than an architect but don't expect a lot of free consulting.
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:39 AM
 
Location: NE CT
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I built a custom built house from plans supplied by Donald Gardner. They cost $800 for a set of 5 or six, can't remember but they were worth every penny. We did modify them a bit but one has to be very careful you don't compromise the integrity of the structure if you do. We did simple things like added columns when the front porch called for turned porch posts made from 4 x 4's and added a floor to ceiling fireplace in the great room with another one backed to it in the den. We had to make sure the building inspector approved this to get it right.

There are many, many, Gardner plans. You can buy books of house plans with hundreds of plans in them and then order what you choose. As I sated mine cost $800 10 years ago. Still cheaper than a architect.
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