Today’s query comes from Michael H. in the Beachwood Canyon area of Los Angeles:
I’d like to enlist an architect to help me with some design work for a remodel, including load calculations (I need to take down some walls).
My end goal is to have plans in hand that I can shop to contractors. I’ve had several preliminary discussions with various contractors about what I want but they can’t get specific about cost or schedule until I get architect-specific about exactly what I want.
I haven’t gotten much feedback from Angie’s List inquiries, nor from Craigslist. And it seems like the fancy architects are all in-house at a design firm (and probably fantastically expensive for what I want).
Do you have any advice for where to look for someone basic and reliable? Or am I searching for an animal that doesn’t exist?
Thanks in advance. — Michael
What advice do you have for Michael? (My advice is posted in the comment section below.)