faqs

  1. What scale of project will you take on?
  2. How long does the drawing process take?
  3. Can I afford Jeannette Architects?
  4. Why should you hire a Licensed Architect?
  5. What's the difference between a designer and a Licensed Architect?
  6. I know what I want, why should I use an architect?
  7. Can't I just have a contractor draw up the plans?
  8. After my plans are done, do I still need your services?

What scale of project will you take on?

Right now, we’re focusing on New Home design and medium to large scale remodels ~ significant wall relocation / redesigns, 2nd floor additions and exterior style changes. If you’re looking for an architect, definitely give us a call to check our availability & timing for your project. We service all of the United States and specialize in the Long Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, San Pedro, Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills Estates, Manhattan Beach, Venice, and surrounding areas of Southern California.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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How long does the drawing process take?

Generally, a major remodel or new home plans can take 8 to 10 months to design, draft, coordinate through necessary consultants from when we receive drawings from our field measure consultant to submittal to the building / planning department. Sometimes it's less, sometimes it takes longer.

There are many variables including style, scale, How quickly you return design comments, Overall scope of work and if there's a Home Owners Association or other design review involved. The time frame varies - we're putting together an instruction booklet for construction and therefore, provide extremely detailed plans from which to build.

Give us a call to find out our current workload. Consider that if you've "been thinking of this construction for some time now, maybe it's worth a little wait to have it done right."

We schedule projects for design in order in which contracts are received.

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Can I afford Jeannette Architects?

Yes, you probably can. Good design is worth every penny. We work hard to save your construction money during the design and drawing phases. We provide drawings that delineate electrical fixtures, receptacles, ceiling layouts, moldings, and nearly everything else a contractor needs to provide you a bid proposal for construction. If you get into construction and your contractor finds the plans are not complete, you will more than likely receive change orders that will increase the cost of construction and cause delay. Our goal is to provide you as complete a set of plans as we can to minimize change orders in the field. Of course, remodels are unique and it's impossible to know what's (or sometimes isn't!) within the walls.

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Why should you hire a Licensed Architect?

Architects see the big picture. They don't just design 4 walls and a roof — they create total environments, interiors and exteriors, that satisfy functional needs and are exciting, dynamic spaces in which to work and live.

Whether you are remodeling, adding on, or building from scratch, an architect can guide the way. Working with contractors and other construction professionals, architects can help you end up with a well-designed project that meets your needs and works with your budget and time frame.

Few people realize how complicated it is to build — that is until they find themselves lost in the maze of design options, building codes, zoning laws, contractors, and so on. No two building projects are exactly alike, so there is no single, clear-cut path to follow.

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What's the difference between a designer and a Licensed Architect?

A Licensed Architects is the one profession who has the advanced education, training, experience, and vision to guide you through the entire design and construction process, form helping you define what you want to build to helping you get the most for your construction dollar.

A Licensed Architect is legally responsible for the design and construction drawings while an unlicensed individual is not; putting you your home and family at risk. A Licensed Architects should have a minimum of 5 years of Higher Education at a professionally accredited College and successfully pass written and graphic exams administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) and, in the state of California, successfully pass the supplemental oral exam. Licensed Architects are also required to stay current with continuing education (article 5.section 134- Architects Practice Act).

It is illegal for an unlicensed individual to call themselves an "architect" or "architectural designer", or use the form of the word Architect in their business name, advertising mediums including job signs, direct mailing, brochures, resumes, portfolios, etc. Such individuals may be cited and fined by the California State Board of Architectural Examiners.

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I know what I want, why should I use an architect?

Most building projects start with a want or need. "I need more file space in my office." Or, "We've outgrown our house." But how does that need or want get translated into square feet and 3-dimensional space?

That is what architects are trained to do — solve problems in creative ways. With their broad knowledge of design, codes, city regulations and construction, architects can show you alternatives and options you might never think of on your own.

Need more room for your growing family? An architect can show you how to enlarge your home so you don't have to move. Not sure how fast your business is going to grow? An architect can design an office that meets your needs today and can be adapted for tomorrow. Have a limited budget? The architect looks for ways to make your project cost effective.

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Can't I just have a contractor draw up the plans?

The architect's services are a wise investment for the money, not an added cost to your project. They are professionals, trained in many aspects of design.

A well conceived project can be built more efficiently and economically. Architects plan your project with you. As your ideas evolve, changes can be made on paper — much less expensively than later on when construction is underway. Thorough drawings also make it easier for the contractor to accurately price and build your project.

Energy efficient buildings can save you money on fuel bills down the road. An architect can design a building to maximize heating from the sun and let in natural light, thus reducing your heating, cooling , and electric bills over time.

The architect can work with your budget and help you select the appropriate materials and workmanship at a fair price. Architects develop the drawings and specifications to help you get bids for construction that are based on your requirements.

An architect can help you choose materials and finishes that are durable as well as beautiful, saving on frequent maintenance and replacement cost. Architects work to stay abreast of advances in roofing, brick work, floor tiling, paint finishes, etc. Their familiarity with the full range of material enables them to suggest the appropriate materials for your project.

Good design sells. A well-designed house has a higher resale value. A well-designed store draws customers. A well-designed work environment attracts employees and increases productivity.

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After my plans are done, do I still need your services?

After we complete the plans, those documents must be submitted to the City / County for Plan Check Review. We know how to do this efficiently. At the same time as Plan Check Review, we provide Bidding Assistance whereby we provide recommendations and guidence for contractor selection, and ultimately construction observation services.

Building or remodeling is a long process, often messy and disruptive, particularly if you are living there. We like to stay involved to the end to ease the pain of construction. Let us help.

If your project requires engineering or other design consultants, the architect will coordinate this team of experts for you. We sort out complex building codes and zoning laws and help you find qualified contractors based on your budget. We can visit the site to help you with field conditions and review the general process on your behalf.

Sure, and unlicensed individual may do the same but do they know the plans and what to watch for? You as the owner assume a greater liability for things that go wrong. This is your home, most likely your largest investment and shelter for your family. It's worth the comfort knowing an architect is helping through construction.

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Portions of the above text by The American Institute of Architects Copyright The American Institute of Architects ©2001.