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When is an architect worth paying for?

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Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series. Read Part 1. Last time, we saw that designing a small remodeling project doesn't always require the comprehensive services you typically get from an architect working on commission. And we also noted how hiring an architect on an hourly consulting basis can be less expensive while maintaining the benefit of his expertise in the areas that really matter. At first glance, paying an architect $80 to $150 an hour may not seem very economical. Yet when this time is delegated wisely, hourly consulting is typically cheaper than hiring an architect on commission. What's more, the design process remains in your control for the duration. If you don't like the way things are shaping up, you can part company with the architect and look elsewhere. Naturally, the trick is to use the architect's expertise where it matters most -- and just which areas of the design process this entails may surprise you. It's not well understood by mos...