Do we need an architect?

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Posted by: from Toronto
2/26/2014 at 9:47:50 AM

We have a 100+ year old semi in Roncesvalles and we would like to do a major renovation. Although not a complete "gut" job (we already renovated the second floor bedrooms and bathrooms) - it will be a big job. Dig and finish the basement, redo porch and front facade, maybe add square footage to main floor (build back) and open up main floor with added 2 piece, and possibly refinish 3 floor.

We have started to look for an architect because we value good design and have modern/scandiavian tastes - but have found that most firms will not take on our project unless we can commit $500k or more. This is not even remotely possible.

Are there design builders out there who have a reputation for great modern and minimalist design without the high overhead costs associated with an architect? Or should we keep looking for an architect who works with smaller projects?

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Date/Time2/28/2014 at 10:24:18 AM

Hi Alison,

I think in your situation you really could benefit from an Interior Designer. I think many people underestimate how skilled interior designers are. They have the ability to draw up plans, even address structural issues and provide solutions, however, engineers would be used to verify and sign off on anything structural.

But to design a space, you should be looking into designers, architects will want to build the house form ground up, not just work on renovations, unless as you stated are worth their while as they charge a percentage of total job costs.

Have you considered an interior designer to help you with your renovation? If you want to find some good ones, you can always contact us as we have great interior designers we use that may be of great help to you.

I hope this helps.

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Rob Taylor Homes in Sudbury
Date/Time2/28/2014 at 10:24:37 AM

Hi Alison,

You're probably looking at a bulk figure of about $150,000 from a designer/build firm. Just to give you a rough idea.


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