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Architects have played a primary role throughout human history. Great structures can be looked upon as cultural symbols and even works of art. Civilizations rise and fall and are remembered through their architectural achievements, because sometimes it's only the buildings that remain.

This is all well and good, but what do architects actually do today?

It is the architect's job to take your design ideas and budget, and transform them into something that can actually be built. Architects draft the actual blueprints for the building project. Without a solid construction plan, a general contractor would be hard-pressed to get started.

If you do not already have an architect, some general contractors have their own in-house architectural team. Others can refer you to a trusted architectural company who can develop plans within your financial means. Architectural costs are relative to the size of the project, typically ranging from 5% to 15% of the total construction costs.

Architectural firms usually charge high rates for total service, but incredible convenience is built right into that price. If you have the means, it can be very worthwhile to write that check; then the architects handle everything from initial sketches, to supervising construction, to project completion.

Complete architectural services for a $200,000 home could cost anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000. Usually included in that figure are the initial drafts, final plans, and periodic observations of the building progress.

Depending on the architectural firm, there is a wide spectrum of projects that may be available; virtually anything, from commercial projects like malls, restaurants, parks and churches, to residential building jobs.

Selecting the right architect can be challenging. An architectural company specializing in designing residential homes might not be the best choice for drafting a galleria, and vice versa. Do your homework and select the best architect for your design needs. If the building space is commercial or public, states require that a registered architect design and approve the blueprints for a new facility or remodeling project.

You simply won't be able to get a permit without an architect's seal. The quality of design that your architect provides can actually decrease the initial cost of your project, while improving the resale value. Even more importantly, their design can improve the aesthetic appearance and actual function of the home that you and your family live in! A good architectural firm should exhibit concern with both service and artistic style by designing a building that's suited to the people who use it.

The finished product should be functional to the people who live or work in it, and a beautiful sight for those who pass it on the street.

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