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Home Design Guide

One of the first questions people ask an architect is how do I get started? How do I begin to articulate what I want in my project? The process of designing a new home or addition can be overwhelming. There are so many decisions to make that it may be hard to know where to begin. At Chris Doehrmann Architect we start at the beginning. We first get to know who you are and what is important to you. To assist in that process we have developed our Home Design Guide. The Home Design Guide is a series of questions aimed at helping you communicate your hopes and dreams for your project. Step by step, space by space, room by room you will be able to start communicating the styles you like, the features you want, and how you see yourself living in your new home. Click here to get started.

No two clients or projects are alike. To respond to your unique needs, our services and fee structures are flexible: hourly or fixed fee based on your project’s scope and the level of service you need. Take a look at our Services Brochure and you can determine what level of service that is most appropriate for your project: Design, Builder Set, or Bid Set. Read More…

How to Avoid Renovation Mistakes

No one wants to make mistakes that can be avoided especially when it comes to your home improvement project. Your home is the one of the most important investments you will ever make. The wrong decisions can affect your home’s value and your family’s quality of life. Don’t take any chances. Download this useful guide, with our compliments, to help you through the process, and give us a call to put our experience to work for you today. Read More…

Contractor Selection Guide

Hiring a contractor without references or a referral from someone you know and trust can end in disaster. Whether the economy is boom or bust, start up construction companies are everywhere, some with little more than a pickup truck and a business card. A contractor can take your money without performing the work or simply do a bad job that will require you to hire someone else to fix it. Always check a contractor’s references and see some of the work he has completed before hiring him.

You should look for a contractor who has experience in the type and size of project you are planning. You may know a contractor who does wonderful kitchen and bathroom renovations but has little experience adding a second level to an existing rambler. You want a contractor who does what you want to do. If you value quality design and hire an architect to design your addition or renovation, you should look for a contractor who has experience working with architects or architecturally designed homes. You want to make sure that the contractor you hire can actually build what you and your architect have designed. Use the Contractor Selection Guide to help you determine if a specific contractor is right for you.