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Old 06-04-2010, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Nesconset, NY
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My wife and I spent about 3 mos. coming up with to-scale plans for turning our 1 story ranch into a Queen Anne inspired 2-story.

I needed an architect to provide options and limitations for the roof so we could finalize window, balcony, and porch placement.

Ten weeks, 3 preliminary plans, and $5,300 later we're still trying to get the architect to understand the difference between Queen Anne and "McMansion" and why he shouldn't try to interject his "design" ideas without consulting us first.

[Edit: Forgot to mention, each of the preliminary plans had errors in existing conditions and inconsistencies from Front Elev. to Side Elev. ...ie. missing walls, missing roofline, wrong distances/dimensions, etc.]

When should we give up on him?"

Last edited by James1202; 06-04-2010 at 11:38 AM.. Reason: add text.
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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If he didn't come a lot closer to what you wanted in the second preliminary plan, I would have given up on him then.
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Old 06-05-2010, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Knoxville
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Sounds like a communication problem.
Are you being very clear in your needs, wants, and concerns? If you are, and he isn't getting it, you need to find someone else.

Have you actually pointed out the problems (with your finger on the plans) and told him you are not happy with his work? If so, then fire him. If you have been somewhat vague, then he may not be a mind reader, and you need to communicate your displeasure in terms that are very clear, and confirm he understands.
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