previous
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Gallery: Custom Flooring
    Gallery: Custom Flooring
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Remodeling in Action
    Remodeling in Action
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Video: Build a curved step
    Video: Build a curved step
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Video Series: Install a Rock-Solid Tile Floor
    Video Series: Install a Rock-Solid Tile Floor
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Video: Install a Fence
    Video: Install a Fence
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • Solid Deck-Framing Advice
    Solid Deck-Framing Advice
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
next
Pin It

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