I 100% agree with Mr Sollener, as previously posted many people choose to avoid an Architect to design and guide the whole house process.They find a local designer or buy a ready made plan from a discount plan vendor, then they forget to have the plans confirmed by a local Architect if they could find one who would do this, as this would shift any liability to the Architect looking over the store bought drawings.
As a builder I have built houses both ways, with the store bought plans I have always run into troubles down the road with upset clients blaming me for problems with items that do not work, I built according to the plans and when items within the plans do not fit within the construction process the clients have no one to call to view the field issues. They attempt to have me resolve the problem, my response is call the person who designed the building and have them come out to view the problem and design a fix. The problems that come up, not all, but to mention a few, usually involves rooms not working, roofs not fitting, bearing points left off, (missing footings, mechanical design missing, plumbing details) from the plans. Basically all of the important details that pertain to the clients home interfacing with the new work are missing from the [Store Bought Plans]
Working with an Architect and the designed plans to fit the specific project, I find to be the best scenario, the Architect has direct knowledge of the sight conditions, has thought the project through and placed the clients wants into design that will flow with the existing conditions. That same Architect you can call on the phone if you have a site condition and have a site meeting to resolve any issues.
If you weigh out the pros and cons of store bought plans vs Architectural designed plans [specific to the project] by the time the construction process is completed I have found that the costs are almost a wash, when you factor in unnecessary down time, change orders that are charged to the project owner to get the store bought plans to fit his project. The Architectural plans designed specific to the project always saves time and money when you factor in the whole project at its completion. These same plans have added value to the project. The end result is a project that blends in with its surroundings and is pleasing to the eye.
So if I have beat to hard on the Chest or Back of that said important "Architect" I say, you should have been wearing your body armor, as a builder it is standard equiptment for our team.
Cook Construction Company
Canoga Park CA 91303
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