When we fired the architect it was a matter of expectations.
When we decided to hire an architect to design the house, we had envisioned him coming in measuring the existing house then creating a design that required moving a couple of walls to improve the function of the space. We assumed it would take a few weeks and then we’d have this amazing layout that utilizes every square inch of the 1250 square feet of the farmhouse. You know, like Property Brothers or any of the 400+ home improvement shows on HGTV and DIY network that are not based in reality with real money or real timelines.
What we got however, was a conceptual design that was not really based on the existing structure of the farmhouse. After months ideas, suggestions, and many sketches, when we got what Architect called “final proposed plan” which was essentially a brand new house. The footprint on his plan was larger than our house and he’d suggested moving the center wall that supports the roof to make the hallway bigger. I was too annoyed to bother with revisions.
At this point we had already started working on the porch. We decided to cut our loses, pay Architect for what he’d done thus far, and design the house ourselves.Which sounds more like Renovation Realities, the only home-improvement show that attempts to dissuade you from undertaking any project at all.
I would not call it a complete waste of money though. I was able to bounce ideas off him and get his opinion/input on a lot of thing design-wise. My constant questions/ideas/changes can be tiresome and annoying, so being able to talk through ideas with someone other than Mr. Awesome was helpful.