(Photo courtesy of Looney Ricks Kiss Architects)
an architect, that is. If anyone has ever interviewed or hired an architects to build a house, your advice would be much appreciated! I am a big believer in using other people's lessons learned.
We developed a list of local candidates based on recommendations and internet research, set up interviews and I found this excellent list of questions for interviewing architects. After the interviews, most of the architects sent me proposals. Each architect charged differently - fixed fee, estimated fees and percentage fee (based on construction costs), so I found it difficult to compare apples to apples.
I actually flirted with using a fourth architect, Looney Ricks Kiss, because I loved their designs so (see Tucker Bayou house above). But they are in Memphis and we are in the Northeast, so the long distance scared us away. However, if you are in the South, I recommend checking them out. Carson Looney obviously knows what he is doing on the design side of things.
I am developing a wish list so that all architects can bid on the same scope. It's also a great document to write down all my dreams and hopes for the house. The blogosphere has been a great source of inspiration. What would you include in your dream house? What is your absolute favorite thing about your house? What is your least favorite thing?