1. Are you a licensed architect?
Answer: I’m not a licensed architect but I have architectural studies from Arizona State University and over 10 years of construction experience. My portfolio is available to you upon request.
2. Why should I hire a residential designer or draftsman rather than a licensed architect?
Answer: In regards to residential projects below the 4000 square-feet range, licensed architects are usually more expensive than residential designers/draftsman. If you're going to add, remodel or build a new home and your budget is tide, my advice is to hire a knowledgeable designer/draftsman that listens and helps throughout the design process or else, hire a licensed architect, it will be more pricey but I'm sure that the chances to avoid in-the-field mistakes will be minimized.
3. How is it that can you design home building plans and expedite building permits if you're not a licensed architect?
Answer: In most states, including Oregon and Washington, a draftsman is not required to obtain licensing. In other words, you don't need to be a licensed architect to draw plans for residential projects. However, keep in mind that plans will still have to meet local zoning/building codes and that some restrictions might also apply due to structural complexities; therefore the need to hire a Structural Engineer to provide calculations might arise. On the other hand, any project owner can expedite a building permit if the proper construction documents are provided.
4. If our plans require to be routed to a structural engineer or to other service provider, could you provide references?
Answer: Yes. Upon contract commitment, I can offer references for structural engineers, building contractors, and surveyors. Please note that I don't work nor get compensated by any of these entities, therefore, I'm not responsible for the outcome of their service nor liable in any way.
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