Loveless Porter Architects Info Series

If you’re embarking on a construction or renovation project, you may have some questions. We hope that this architectural information series can provide some answers. We talk about what to expect to pay for architectural services, how to decide if you need an architect for your project, permitting, the phases of architectural design, and more. Please feel free to reach out with additional questions or to learn about our architectural and construction management services: 703-368-1600 or

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Legal Considerations of Working with an Architect

Once the architect has drawn up the plans and handed them over to you, who legally owns them? Who pays for design errors?

The Phases of an Architect’s Work

Many people think that an architect designs a project according to the client’s wishes and budget, hands over the plans, collects payment, and that’s it.

How to Choose the Right Architect

Selecting an architect should be done with care. You’re going to be working with this person for a long time, so you have every right to be choosy.

Help with Project Design

Some people may know exactly what they want and how to make it fit. Others may need an extra space but aren’t sure how to work it into existing conditions.

About Permitting

Before a permit is issued, the issuing department will require some plans to be drawn up. The requirements for these plans vary.

Do You Really Need an Architect?

You may not need an architect for your project. If you answer yes to any of the following questions below, then you may need to hire an architect:

Architect Fees: What Should You Expect?

As some clients continuously make changes to their design, it’s beneficial to hire an architect on an hourly basis.

Why Work with an Architect?

An architect is an asset to any project that requires building a new structure or fundamentally altering a current structure.