Asked on Apr 1, 2012

Anyone have experience getting a master plan for their home? Would you use an architect or a designer?

Pedini of Atlanta, LLCCulpepper Carpets and Interiors, Inc.Nichter's Home Services Corp


We have a 1950's home and we know we want to add on in the future. We want to make sure small interim projects won't contradict things in the master plan. Ie a new ac unit, etc. thanks for any suggestions
9 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Apr 1, 2012

    Architects normally have more training in "systems" than basic designers. HVAC, water heaters, plumbing and electrical systems. Tho here some gaps can still come in. Having a well rounded GC can provide some "real world" experience on complete integrations, The architect may be great on "paper" but it will be the builder who has to actually make it work...getting them on board early will help a lot. A "team" approach will go the, architect, + builder.

  • Designs by BSB
    on Apr 2, 2012

    I would suggest an architect hands down. is very reasonable! He has done plans for many of my clients and is well respected by the local chapter of National Assoc. of Remodeling Industry

  • Pedini of Atlanta, LLC
    on Apr 2, 2012

    We have done plans for clients as well, for permitting you will probably need an architect. We use Gamble and Gamble in Midtown when we need architectural help. They are very nice to work with and reasonable.

  • "for permitting you will probably need an architect." Strange comment to my mind - I often get plans by architects that could never be permitted! It all depends on location and on the architect themselves. Some are more artists than practical. Some design from outside-in. Others design a comfortable interior but an ugly exterior. Some are good at the mechanical s, but others try to put a can light right exactly where the beam or waste drain is located. Just like there are quacks in the medial community, and thieves working as lawyers, there are hacks licensed as Architects, and clods calling themselves Carpenters. The key is to find people you trust who have had similar work done, and ask who did it for them. You might end up with an architect, or a design/build firm, or a good ole boy with a hammer

  • Pedini of Atlanta, LLC
    on Apr 2, 2012

    It all depends on the scope and the permitting requirements of the local municipality. In Atlanta they are requiring an architect or structural engineer for any structural improvements. Other areas have different requirements. I have designed complete houses and then turned them over to architects for the required permit drawings based on my conceptual plans. I prefer to work before the architect as I am an interior designer and focus on the use of the space and not just the look of the exterior of the box. I think all trades have their place in a project.

  • Meredith K
    on Apr 3, 2012

    Thanks everyone!

  • I do my own basic engineering to code but when there is a unique or challenging situation structurally I bring in an engineer to work the numbers for me.

  • If you are doing a major remodel, like raising the roof, I would start with an architect. If you are adding a room or two, I would start with a designer to get ideas and a plan.

  • Pedini of Atlanta, LLC
    on Apr 6, 2012

    I agree with Lee Anne. you use the house from the inside, start there.

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