If you are planning a remodeling or renovation project in Albuquerque, you may benefit from hiring professionals. Having a professional in the remodeling industry can help you avoid costly mistakes, get organized, and realize your vision.
On a renovation, you may want to consider working with three types of professionals.
These are an architect, a designer and a contractor.
You can make the right choice for your project by understanding what differentiates them from one another.
The Role of a Designer
Based on your wants and needs, a designer can come up with ideas, create plans, and steer you in the right direction. The role of a designer can be most important for many people when it comes to drawing plans. An example of a basic design plan would be a floor plan and built-in features, such as cabinets in the kitchen. The full-service designer may also provide assistance with fixtures and finishes. However, designers aren’t typically project managers.
It can be expensive to hire a designer. They usually charge between $3,000 and $5,000 for a minimum project fee, and they charge hundreds of dollars an hour. Approximately 8 to 12% of your total project cost should be budgeted for a designer.
It may not be necessary to hire a designer if you know what you want and what you like.
The Role of an Architect
An architect will visit your home to discuss your renovation ideas and budget. A plan will be created to make that happen. Working with an architect only for the plan is possible. Some people hire architects to manage their entire projects. If so, the architect will select contractors and monitor their progress.
If an architect manages the project, they may charge between 5-20% of the total cost, or $50 to $200 an hour.
If you’re doing a renovation that involves taking out walls and changing your layout, you may need an architect.
The Role of a Contractor
A contractor is someone who manages a renovation project. They will work with you to determine your expectations and make sure they are met. A contractor can provide you with a detailed breakdown of your project’s budget, as well as design it for you if you request it.
One benefit of hiring a contractor is that they’ll also find your subcontractors, such as electricians and plumbers. The benefit is that it makes your life easier because it can be difficult to find trustworthy subcontractors and then manage them.
Your project will require permits that can be pulled by a licensed contractor. It is common for contractors to charge on a cost-plus basis. A markup is added to the total cost they anticipate the project will cost.
Who Do You Need?
An experienced contractor can handle a simple renovation just as well as an architect, and you can save money. Your contractor might be able to help you with your design if your budget is tight. A designer might be able to give you some help and guidance if you want it.
In addition, you might want to consult with an architect if you’re moving major walls to create an open-concept layout.
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