Posted by steve on November 06, 2002 at 09:18:11:
In Reply to: Re: Where did architects go wrong? posted by Peter on November 06, 2002 at 07:51:56:
Currently there is an ad by the AIA on the radio that has the basic message "architects are not just for the mansion on the lake; they are especially valuable for that cottage on a budget". I agree, if the architect has experience in low budget residential construction. I have often made the argument that even on a modest house, an architect's fee can be paid for simply by creating the ability for the owner to foster a competitive bidding process. Of-course, a draftsman can do that too. Few buyers have enough of a comfort level with the design , bid, build process, and would rather go to a builder first who might have several products that the buyer can walk thru. While most home buyers might think an architect designed house is "neat", few probably value that quality enough to take a chance.
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