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Old 11-23-2011, 03:23 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by JoJo-Arch View Post
Trust me, the architect or designer will save their fees along the way. After all, they are your agents, working for your best interests. A builder's interest is profit, or his business wouldn't survive.

That's not to say a builder doesn't deserve profit (up to 20%), its when they try to maximise that profit that the job suffers. I can give you a hundred ways or more how a builder can do this, often without you noticing.

I have saved clients thousands of dollars, even when they themselves, chose the builder, especially in one case where the crafty builder came in cheap on the tender, then tried to make up the difference and profit on the variations.

The job was $11.5 million, and he claimed $640,000 extra for variations and liquidated damages. The case went to court and he was awarded just $75,000 extra that wasn't authorised, saving the client hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Why people have this mindset that professionals are expensive and aren't really needed is a strange myth. You woudn't dream of going to a witch doctor if your ticker starts pumping the wrong way, would you.

But then I suppose, because advice is free on this post, it's dirt cheap, and people are always suspicious when something is free.

Why not get a quote?. That's free and you can weigh up if it's worth getting a professional. They will also show you samples of their previous work and ideas, again for free.

I think your idea to get the house built to prepainting stage and finishing it yourself is a good idea, that's what DIY is all about, but shouldn't you care whether you live in a shoebox or a satifying and proud design that answers your specific needs?

From a passionate architect trying to correct the distortions of truth.

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Old 11-23-2011, 05:15 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by JoJo-Arch View Post
Trust me, the architect or designer will save their fees along the way.
Absolutely! Probably more than their fees and they will have the access to the interior elements you want.

You know some cringe when the mere mention of prefab comes up but take a look at the higher end homes. One great book is "Prefabulous". Gorgeous! People still had an architect involved but the components were factory built and then the places were finished on site. Sounds like this might match your goals nicely.
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The Ontario Association of Architects maintains Practice Profiles of Architects practicing in your area who are adept at custom residential projects. The approval process is tedious.
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Old 12-08-2011, 01:22 PM   #19
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Looking to a builder to solve your site planning approvals and design issues is not the way to go. Hire an independent designer or Architect to prepare plans and specs on your behalf. You will then (and only then) be in a position to solicit construction quotations on an apples to apples basis, on your own or with your agents participation.
As the saying goes "penny wise pound foolish".


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