18. 5 Questions to Stop Asking Your Architect (With Love)

Here's a glimpse of what you'll learn from us in this episode:

  • How estimating works in the design process: general estimates vs. precise estimates

  • How to get a pre-approval before investing in an architect.

  • Everything that goes into an architectural stamp of approval.

  • Why rushing a project is never a good idea.

  • Breck's project highlight of the week: The Detroit Shipping Company!

For the full show notes for Episode 18 click here! Check out these supplementary episodes of the Innovative Real Estate Podcast: 1) FAQ: How We Collaborate With Other Architects

2) Why You Need An Architect (...Especially If You Think You Don't)

"A building without context is not a building at all."


-Breck Crandell, (Director of Design, TSI) 

Show Notes:

  • 0:30 - Introduction into episode 18.

  • 2:05 - Breck's project highlight of the week: The Detroit Shipping Company!

  • 5:20 - Question #1: How much does it cost?

  • 6:50 - The cost of the building itself versus soft costs.

  • 8:09 - The three biggest factors that will influence how much a project can cost.

  • 8:45 - Challenges with cost per square foot.

  • 9:50 - When in the design process do people have a general estimate versus an accurate estimate?

  • 11:30 - Have a budget figured out before you start talking with an architect.


  • 12:38 - Question #2: Can I buy floor plans off you? ​

  • 15:15 - Having a point of reference is a good place to start, however no 2 buildings will be identical.

  • 15:30 - What goes into site adaptation fees.


  • 17:52 - Question #3: Can you stamp this design I already have to save time?

  • 18:50 - An architect's stamp is a legally binding contract. ​

  • 20:00 - You should be working with an architect that will be with you throughout the whole process.


  • 22:05 - Question #4: Can I build it myself?

  • 23:30 - Your bank will most likely not let you be your own builder. ​

  • 24:07 - General contractors will be very mindful of their scope of work.


  • 26:18 - Question #5 - Can you build my project faster?

  • 27:06 - Projects move as fast as money moves.​

  • 27:52 - The faster you push a project through the higher the risk becomes for mistakes to be made.

  • 29:08 - Timelines often get held up because you are waiting on someone else.

  • 30:15 - You have to be realistic in order to have a successful project.


  • 33:39 - Doing research before coming to us will allow you to be much farther ahead.

  • 34:46 - Concluding thoughts for episode 18.

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