What is the difference between an architect and a home designer?

There are a few differences. First is the scope of work that is done by each person. Normally an architect also serves as a project manager, which includes such things as: obtaining permits, making sure that any applicable land studies (such as wetland and Geotech) are done, locating/working with a general contractor. Architects are also used on larger projects. A home designer typically designs a home (or other small project) and turns the finished drawings over to the customer. This, of course, affects the price. While an architect may charge up to 20% of the total cost of a project (think $60K on a $300,000 project), a home designer typically charges a fee based on the square footage of a design.

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