can I learn more about your architectural services?
Phone our office to set up an appointment for an interview.
Do you charge for your time for us to interview
No. We are happy to meet with you to become acquainted
and learn about your plans for your project.
Do we have to come to your office to interview you?
No. We prefer to come to your home or office.
Do you work in just one design style?
While many architects work in just one style, Robert
R. Larsen, A.I.A. takes great pride in our ability
to work in a wide range of design styles, as a
tour through our “Gallery” can attest.
It is our goal to help create a physical manifestation
of the project you have been dreaming of.
Are you able to work on a budget?
We have found that everyone has a budget of some
degree. It is for this reason that we recommend
that we have a contractor prepare a preliminary
estimate once we have finished schematic drawings.
Adjustments can then be made at this early stage
to avoid wasting design fees on a project which
may otherwise be over your budget.
How do you charge for your services?
We will work with you to come up with a fee structure
which will work with your budget. But first we
need to discuss the project with you in detail
to determine what work needs to be done. There
are too many variables to predict what the fees
might be until then.
What is the best time of year to begin designing
It is never too early to start the design process.
Don’t wait until spring if you want to start
building in the summer. Also, we recommend against
making the year-end holidays the deadline for the
completion of construction since this can create
a lot of unnecessary stress.
What information do you need from your client in
order to start designing?
The more information you can give us the better.
Find a pad and pencil and start writing down all
the rooms or spaces you need. Then add all the features,
furniture, or other requirements you have for each
of those rooms or spaces. Cut out photographs from
magazines which show the kind of look you like, both
interior and exterior.
We will eventually need a survey
of your property showing the property lines and,
if this is to be a remodeling project, the location
of your house on the property. An “Improvement Location Certificate” which
may be filed with your deed might suffice.
How long does it take to design a construction project?
For a small remodeling project, allow two to three
months through completion of the construction documents.
For a new home, it may take considerably longer,
depending upon how complex your project is.
Do you specify interior furnishings?
No. While we normally specify interior finishes which
are a permanent part of the building, we recommend
that you contract with an interior design firm
for selecting and specifying the furniture and
window coverings, etc.
Can you recommend consultants like interior designers
and landscape architects?
Yes. We have working relationships with many such
How long does it take to construct a construction
For a small remodeling project, allow at least three
months. Even small jobs require that many different
trades be involved which need to be scheduled one
after another. This requires more time than many
For a new home, allow at least a year from breaking
ground to occupancy.
Do you do the construction?
No. We provide only design services. We believe it
is a conflict of interests to be both designer
and builder. Traditionally, the Architect serves
as an impartial mediator between the client and
the builder, and serves as the client’s representative.
Can you recommend contractors to build our project?
Yes. We are happy to recommend qualified contractors
appropriate for your project.