Scrafano Architects



FAQ

Why hire an architect?

Working with an architect results in a custom project, tailored to your individual needs for residential, office, or commercial space and for the specific parameters of the site. You can customize the project to your specific needs and have exactly what you want. We create your “brand” for living, working, and playing. Good design sells. A well-designed project enhances the way one lives and works and increases your property resale values, draws more customers, and creates an inspiring and productive environment.

What role should I expect my architect to play?

Architecture encompasses many specialty fields; the architect knows a little about each trade and specialty and consults with the appropriate experts at each stage of the project. The architect will design the project, specify materials, and coordinate with the consultants and contractor. The contractor is the expert on construction and estimating the cost of the project. The engineer is responsible for determining the structural calculations and loads of the project. The interior designer will coordinate the furniture, fabric, and window treatments. The landscape architect will design and coordinate planting materials and pools. We help you choose the best team for your project and make the process simple.

What’s a reasonable budget for my project?

When setting a budget for construction, an owner can expect to pay a minimum of $175 per square foot. Typically, the average is closer to $200 to $250 per square foot, depending on project’s complexity, materials, and site constraints.

Who is responsible for determining the cost of my project?

While we always attempt to design within your budget, we are not contractors or cost estimators. For definitive budget and pricing, the services of a qualified contractor, cost estimator, or construction manager should be retained early on in the schematic design phase.

What’s the typical range for architectural fees?

Fees can run from 10 to 15 percent of the total construction cost, depending on the scope of the services provided. On average, the fee for a “bare bones” permit set of drawings is around 8 to 10 percent of the construction cost, while a custom residential project can be 12 to 15 percent of the construction cost. We can work within any budget and scale.

What is Scrafano’s approach to working with clients?

Our most successful projects involve full collaboration and communication among the architect, owner, and contractor. Early in the process, we meet as a team to clearly define the goals, responsibilities, scope, and budget of the project. This collaborative effort and open communication results in an efficient process, lower costs, and, ultimately, a better project.

Where do most of your clients come from?

We are proud of the fact that most of our projects come from happy clients and their referrals. Our clients become friends and family and continually rely on Scrafano Architects for design services as their lives and businesses change over time.

How long should I expect construction of my project to take?

Typical construction time for a kitchen remodel is about two to three months. An addition can take four to six months. New construction can be nine months to a year. These are estimated time frames and don’t include design and permit time. Your selected contractor will be able to determine a more precise schedule based on your project.

I’m anxious to get my project started and completed. What can I do to expedite the process?

Building faster is not always better. The end product is most successful when the client, architect and contractor are given enough time to think things through, refine decisions and details, and execute the work carefully.

 

Working with Scrafano Architects was a fantastic experience; the team listened to our expansion needs, and worked with a fantastic team to make our renovation a smooth experience.

- Ms Schwartz