Can we build it? Eh...maybe?
April 26, 2008 10:52 PM Subscribe
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; has anyone every hired an architect? How do you do it? What sorts of things should I be looking for? How do I go about finding one that specializes in "weird". (By weird I mean, not your standard mcmansion floor plan.) What do architects charge to design a building. And do they oversee the building process as a rule, or no?
posted by dejah420 to home & garden (16 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I have an idea of what I want; I mean I could sketch it in a rough, childlike sort of way, but I want someone to design things in like hidden passageways and doors that open via strange triggers, and other fun stuff. (My library must open by candle, ala Young Frankenstein, for example.)
I'm still looking for the perfect piece of land, but once found I expect the building process to take a while; core rooms, then additional rooms as funds accumulate.
I don't want it to be another one of the "slap down the foundation, frame the house, poof it's done in 3 weeks" pieces of crap that are going up everywhere now. I'm willing to take a fairly long time and pay a premium to have craftspeople do the work.
But whereas I know how to buy land, I have no idea how to hire an architect, or how to qualify their quality, or what price point to expect for a design.