Architect versus contractor
April 24, 2013 8:16 AM Subscribe
We're planning a kitchen renovation for our century-old house this summer and have been working with an architect who has so far given us a kitchen layout and rough design. We're now getting quotes from general contractors. The GC we met with last night, who we've worked with before and trust, said further work by the architect will be a waste of money because the progress of the project will depend on how construction goes. Is he right?
posted by chickenmagazine to home & garden (11 answers total)
We hired the architect in the first place because we need to make structural changes, including shortening windows and minor changes to walls. Since our house is so old, the GC explained that we won't have a good idea of the state of the (probably cast-iron) pipes, (probably ancient) wiring, (probably crumbling) walls, and so on, until we actually start demolition. This makes sense to me.
Also, now that we have a diagram to scale showing where everything will go, I'm not sure why we still need the architect. It was very useful going through the layout process with him, but I think the GC could handle the rest of the decisions. The architect's residential experience is entirely out-of-state and he's not familiar with contractors or zoning laws around here. His rough cost estimate for the project also sounded low to us and the GC said it was extremely low, which makes me think maybe he's not that realistic about how things work in our expensive area.
Is he right? Should we ditch the architect? How will the architect add value to the project now that we have the basic design?