Michael Dertien - Architect
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*Architects fees are generally based on a percentage of construction costs, meaning they may specify expensive appliances, custom mouldings, finishes that drive up your cost for plans.  Again, since I have no affliations with vendors or builders, your choices of appliances or finishes do not change my fee.  My fees are determined by the complexity of your design and on a flat rate based on the size of your home.  
What is the most common misperception about working with an architect?
Many people confuse drafting with designing, that is to say the differing roles of a draftsman and an architect.  It may be a little like expecting a pharmacist to produce a prescription without the benefit of a doctor's diagnosis.  In other words, each may have a role to play, but they are not equivalent or interchangeable.
 Doesn't using an architect add to the cost of building a home?
It can if the architect falls short in listening to or interpreting his client's ideas and dreams; or perhaps lacks the versatility to design a particular style of home; or worse yet, is more focused on billing hours than delivering client satisfaction.
How do I know whether to start with an architect or a home builder?
This is often a subjective and personal decision.  Talking to both can provide a sense for who seems more creative and open to ideas, who would be more responsive and understanding in making the almost inevitable design changes that come with custom homes.  As a professional architect, I work independently, having no special arrangements, incentives or biases to home home builders or product and material vendors.  Designing a home does not always move is a straight line.  I encourage my clients at the very outset to ask all their "what if" questions, to discuss their budgets and *my fees, to make the process of designing and building their dream home (and perhaps largest asset) an enjoyable and memorable one. 
About Michael Dertien 
  • 1978 Bachelor of Architecture with Structures Option, Texas Tech University
  • 1981 Professional License in Texas #9323
  • Registered with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners since 1981
  • 1985 Michael Dertien - Architect
Professional Recognition and Client Affirmations
  • Parade of Homes Winner Awards for 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010
  • Collaboration with recognized Lubbock and area home builders
  • References upon request
Winning Designs:  Personal Philosophy and Best Practices
  • Listen actively, creatively, architecturally and realistically
  • Ensure mutual understanding for each step of the design process
  • Recognize the path to the "perfect design" is seldom straight
  • Value each relationship as priceless and enduring
"Over the years I have used Michael three times for designing my home ....... each time I've had him design something different and have always been very pleased.  Michael has become a personal and valued friend."                                                       
                                                                                                           Brent Brown - Lubbock