Posted to ADCountryHome by Angela in Fort Worth, TX
on 7/17/2009 1:49:12 PM
After many hours on the phone I found a few great-sounding designers. I just needed to get local to where my site will be, they're much nicer in the country than here in the city. :)
Here are my comparisons:
$.80 for square foot of living space (second floor) only (some other architects wanted to charge me to draw up an empty garage).
Over 25 years as a home designer, very friendly.
O-B friendly as well, used to build homes himself, including his own, and knows all the details of the industry, would probably have some good leads on subs.
Would be able to consult on site!
About one hour away from me.
$1.25/sq ft living space only.
Total $2,125 but she wants to sit down with me and visit the site to see how much I'm prepared, which could bring the price lower.
Over 20 years as a designer, two years as a certified professional building designer
*Recommended to me on this forum.
*SUSTAINABLE design, which I love! I've been researching recycled building materials like countertops and glass tiles for the bathroom. It would be great to have someone say "Yes, that's a good idea" or "No, that's a big waste of money." She focuses on building orientation, etc. to save on energy costs. This alone may be worth the extra $$.
Will give me the PDF file of the plans to get them printed myself for less $$.
In Austin, three hours away from me (but that's where all the good ideas come from!).
$.90/sq ft living space.
30 years experience.
Very short on the phone, didn't seem very friendly, would not go into details with me like the designers.
No on-site consultation.
About one hour away.
So basically, my one experience with an affordable architect wasn't that great. Now it's just picking between the less expensive designer or paying more for sustainable design. They both seemed very friendly, were willing to talk with me, and had lots of experience. The houses on their websites look very nice, as well.
I have a meeting with designer #2 next Monday in Austin since I'm visiting a friend there that weekend. I'm trying to find a date/time to meet with Designer #1 before then since he is only available before 6 pm during the week, and my boyfriend Daniel doesn't get out of the academy until 5:00.
I'm excited to get the ball rolling again!