Why do I need an architect?
State law requires an architectural stamp for most commercial projects. This stamp verifies that a
licensed professional oversaw the design process, and that the plans account for the publicís safety and health.
The majority of residential projects do not require an architectural stamp, but that, by no means,
negates the necessity of architectural input. The architects at Studio 4 shoulder the burden of
knowing and complying with building codes so that the owners can focus on the details of their
dream home, and the contractor can concentrate on building it.
In recent years, many people have been buying pre-existing plans. While many of these homes satisfy
current codes and provide the functional needs of space, they often overlook the unique amenities of a
custom home. Studio 4 designs each home knowing that more than just its immediate occupants will
enjoy it. Today, we enjoy homes built at the turn of the 20th century and before. By investing in
the abilities of the architects at Studio 4, they will, in turn, invest creative and practical thought
into your homeís design, so that friends, neighbors and the general public passing by will benefit
from your homeís creation for years to come.
How much do architects cost?
Architectural fees range from 2% to 14% of a projectís construction cost. Studio 4 believes in
tailoring our services to meet the specific needs of individual owners. If an owner wishes to forgo a
particular service and understands the implications of withholding that service, Studio 4 will not
include that item in its proposal. Studio 4 offers a free consultation service that grants potential
clients the opportunity to meet with us and discuss the level of service their ideas require. Level of
service consists of anything from the amount of detail that a particular contractor requires to construct
a project, to the amount of detail that the local officials require for permitting purposes.
How long does it take to complete a project?
Depending upon the complexity of the plans and how much input the owner can provide in the projectís
early stages, most projects can be completed and ready for permitting within 8 to 12 weeks. Some however,
can take as little as 2 weeks or up to a year. If required, our office can project this completion time
before work commences. We base this projection time on past experience with similar projects and the
amount of review time typically required by Building Officials and other review agencies. This time also
accounts for a client who supplies solid decisions and information in a timely fashion.