Frequently Asked Questions
- What 'styles' of residences do you design?
- How long does it take to design a house?
- What is the difference between having a "licensed Architect" and a "building designer"?
- How does an Architect work with a builder or a general contractor?
- Why can’t I just buy a set of plans?
- Who does the engineering?
- How do you charge for your services?
We design houses in every architectural style. What we strive for in every design project is that the house meet our client's desire within an architecturally authentic tradition, because classic architecture has successfully demonstrated both function and aesthetics. We love the various styles of historically residential inspired architecture as well as the contemporary styles.
It depends on the size and the complexity. Usually it takes anywhere from 6 to 12 months to do the design and working drawings for a custom new residence or major remodeling.
A licensed Architect has finished five years minimum of architectural education and has passed the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners licensing exam to practice architecture in the state of Texas. A building designer is not licensed to call himself an architect and does not practice architecture.
As the Architect on a project, we assist the owner with the selection of the contractor, administer the bidding or pricing process and observe the construction weekly or bi-weekly to verify compliance with the working drawings. We continue to refine the design with every site visit.
Our firm does not copy plans from one project to the next. Our drawings are complete from the plans and elevations of the house to the specifications of the finishes, hardware and light fixtures. We do design a unique original custom home for each of our clients. The concept and technical drawings for the house are tailored to our clients' needs and desires in every phase of the project.
We are architects and ares not licensed to do the structural, mechanical and electrical design for the house. On the client’s behalf, we consult with professional engineers for these services and co-ordinate their work with ours. Sometimes, the mechanical and electrical work does not require an engineer's services, and we cooperate with the contractor and subcontractors to facilitate this design.
We use the standard AIA owner-architect agreements for our professional services for residential work. We do not strictly charge a fixed 'percent of construction' method of fee structure, but we always strive to keep our hourly fees within a mutually agreed upon percentage range.