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Indwell Architecture & Design

Lisa,

This is a good question and I won't speak for the entire profession but I might share what I would advise one of our clients. We always measure an existing house even if there are drawings already available. The reason for that is what get's drawn and what get's built are all too often different. So it's best if you have someone confirm everything rather than use existing drawings. The drawings can be used to speed up the process but dimensions should be confirmed. If you are wanting to save a little on the design process one way you might accomplish this is by hiring a reputable kitchen designer to help with the kitchen and laundry room layout. You might still need an architect to help with any additions but you could limit their scope to the building envelope and let the designer work inside. You will want to check with your local building codes department to determine if an architect is required for what you want to accomplish. (Many do not require one) I hope that helps.

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John Teets

We do not rely on existing drawings other than as a help in surveying. I let a kitchen designed handle the detail. but I find the concepts are often limiting and can work against the total design. By the time one coordinates, not much od any time is saved. Sure,get the detail base corner fits, whether drawers or doors, etc. Also, I note that no one who is NOT an architect is permitted to say their work is equivalent to one. I started as an architect because my granddad was a master home builder whose designs left a lot to be desired. I redesigned all the houses he built in our neighborhood and made them far better, What you need to get a superior product that will bring a return when you sell and what you need to get a permit in a community with loose approval standard are two entirely different things. Contractors often call me with their own sketches. They are never the optimum - it is not their training - just as my carpentry work I might do for myself is not comparable to a master craftsman. Each should contribute according to their gifts.


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Lisa

Thanks guys, this is great information! Appreciate your feedback: )

   

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