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Kitchen Remodel-Should I hire an architect?
siggaOctober 14, 2012
My plan is to remodel my kitchen and laundry space-I desire an open floor plan so that the kitchen leads out into the dinning room and living room and I prefer a cabinet for a stacked dryer/washing machine instead of a laundry room. I plan to knock down walls and add an island. My first thought is I need an architect to draw up some plans for a layout, since I don't really know if I have space for all the things I want. I already have a trusted cabinet maker in mind, my son-in-law is a licensed electrician and plumber, and I have an uncle who tiles. I would rather hire them to do the job. But, that still leaves me in need of a drawing. I would've hired a designer but I was advised to hire an architect to help draw out the layout, since there will be walls knocked down, things added, and things moved over. It's a big space, but I don't want to do something and find out later that I didn't plan for say enough room between the cabinets and the island! So, I contacted an architect who had rave reviews. But, I found out at our first meetings that he's also a contractor. I'm not prepared to do an over haul on my house, just one thing at a time. But, he's pushing for a full remodel. I only want the drawings. He says we need something like a Record Drawing, what is that? Do I get the drawings to keep? Or does he keep them and hold them until I find a contractor and he gives the drawings to the contractor? If I do hire him, am I legally obligated to also have him do the construction? I live out in the county, so permits aren't necessary, but I wonder if hiring the architect also means I have to report any fixing we do inside. But, like I said, I'm not financially ready to do anything major at this moment. This is all new to me, so I really don't know what I'm getting into. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!