Los angeles, CA, March 23, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- According to a survey recently conducted by Angies List, a website where members rate specific contractors and can also choose contractors based on their ratings, homeowners intend to spend 13% more money this year over last year on their home improvement and maintenance projects.
When you are planning a major remodeling project such as a kitchen, living room, bathroom or room addition, who do you turn to for planning and designing the project? The two top choices would be to hire an architect or a design/builder. The question is which one should you hire? Which one would be better? LA contractor and licensed architect Roger Perron says that a designer/builder is a better investment for the homeowner embarking on a home remodeling or home addition project.
“In this day and age of inflated and unstable home prices many homeowners are foregoing plans to trade up to a larger or nicer home and are instead, planning on doing improvements to their existing homes. I think that a homeowner is best served by a design/builder. This type of builder is more in tune with your remodeling budget and can therefore create a design that will be best able to stay within it. In my experience, an architect tends to be somewhat detached from the building part of the project; a design/builder, however, because of his intimate familiarity with the building process and materials, will tend to do a better job. A qualified design/builder will save the owner money from preventing any architect/builder conflicts. The design/builder is not only interested in the design, but has responsibility for the final product. And a design/builder process saves money since the homeowner does not have to pay the architect a heavy fee to oversee the project once a week, which is oftentimes 10% of the construction contract price.”
Roger Perron has been in business as a contractor and architectural designer for 42 years, 25 of which have been in the Los Angeles area. He specializes in everything from kitchen, bathroom and bedroom redesigns to additions and new home construction.