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How to Afford an Architect

Proven ways to save the design team’s time and your money

According to Duo Dickinson, nobody needs an architect. But if you decide to hire one, it's possible to find an architect who can design an efficient house with a carefully considered plan—and do so for a reduced fee. An architect himself, Dickinson reveals in this case study how his clients were able to build the house he designed, and spend a total of $115 per sq. ft. Sure, they had to pitch in, but fear not—Dickinson shares 10 proven ways for clients to make the process a success.

Magazine extra: Read the article Real-World Rebuild on a Budget to learn how homeowners David and Nancy Stein applied Dickinson’s “10 steps to reduce an architect’s fees” to rebuild the house they lost in a fire.
From Fine Homebuilding195 (Houses) , pp. 84-87 April 16, 2008