Admittedly, my knowledge of architects is limited to the fine design skills of Mike Brady and the awesome houseboat owned by architect Sam Baldwin in Sleepless in Seattle. Today I got a call from Contractor Steve and he said he was calling with good news and bad news. The good? No sprinkler worries…since we are under 3,000 square feet, we are not required to install a system. The bad? We need a set of architect plans to present to the city for approval.
According to Google, there are a surprising number of architectural firms in Columbia. How do you begin to choose one? Well, I based my decisions on the websites. Because well, I like pretty and shiny things. First two firms had no answer. It was Friday afternoon, so who am I to judge?
Third firm, let’s call it Firm X, had someone more than willing to talk to me. 20 minutes later I was convinced that this entire idea was an EPIC MISTAKE. For the low low low price of $10,000 to $25,000, those set of plans could be mine.
WHAT???? Here are some things I could buy for $10,000 to $25,000:
- A car;
- A boat;
- Sweet freedom from student loan debt;
- Oceanfront vacation;
- Approximately 768 rawhide bones for my dog.
- Architectural plans for a 1,000 square foot box that will have no walls.