Why You Should Hire an Architect
“FEW PEOPLE REALIZE HOW COMPLICATED IT IS TO BUILD — that is until they find themselves lost in the maze of design options, building codes, zoning laws, contractors, and so on. No two building projects are exactly alike, so there is no single, clear-cut path to follow.

The architect is the one professional who has the education, training, experience, and vision to guide you through the entire design and construction process, from helping you define what you want to build to helping you get the most for your construction dollar.

Architects see the big picture. They don’t just design four walls and a roof—they create total environments, interiors and exteriors, that satisfy functional needs and are exciting, dynamic spaces in which to work and live.

Whether you are remodeling, adding on, or building from scratch, the Architect can guide the way.”

--The Beginner’s Guide to Architectural Services, published by
The American Institute of Architects

Why You Might Consider Reinhardt Architects:

The Architect Solves Problems

“That is what architects are trained to do – solve problems in creative ways. With their broad knowledge of design and construction, architects can show you alternatives and options you might never think of on your own.”

--The Beginner’s Guide to Architectural Services,
published by The American Institute of Architects

“Bob asked lots of questions and listened carefully to our answers. For example, he created a space for a new study that exactly met our articulated desire for a room with lots of light and workspace as well as a pretty view.”

-- Susan Klinger, Washington, DC

“The new office space worked out wonderfully! We also had major renovations on our home that have a lot of charm and which presented challenges due to our house; Bob met all of our expectations. We are very happy with the end designs and would highly recommend Bob to our friends.”

-- Steve Rojcewicz, M.D., Silver Spring, Maryland

“We hired an architect because we wanted a creative design. Bob exceeded our expectations with the design.”

-- John Small, Bethesda, Maryland

“I hired an architect because I had little trust in a builder; that they would be able to give me a historically correct renovation. I wanted the work to appear seamless with the existing construction. Bob was able to translate my emotions into thoughtful rational concepts. He listened to what I wanted emotionally and was able to present them into conceptual designs. I would recommend Bob to my friend and colleagues.”

-- Larry Mansueti, Silver Spring, Maryland

“The best compliment we’ve received is when people say “I thought you said you remodeled the place”. The addition flows so naturally from the original that it looks as if it was always there. He helped us define what we wanted. We had a general idea - he put it to paper. He listened to what we wanted, pointed out important design aspects like traffic flow, door swings, and worked with us to achieve our desires.”

-- Bob and Maureen Neff, McLean, Virginia

“We hired an architect because we were not confident that a builder could give us what we wanted. Bob meet all of our expectations. He was great! Bob respects his client’s ideas, He did have his own ideas and, although he was forthright with his opinions, he wasn’t pushy about them. Bob has a very good artistic eye and he takes the time to explain and work with you when you're trying to make decisions.”

-- Kate Lewis Brown, Silver Spring, Maryland

The Architect Can Save You Money

“The architect’s services are a wise investment for the money, not an added cost to your project. Why?”

--The Beginner’s Guide to Architectural Services,
published by The American Institute of Architects

“He used design elements such as architectural shingles to match our slate roof, narrow relief on the vinyl siding to match the width of the brick, and matched the brick and mortar of the addition to the original brick. He was our reality check on design and costs”

-- Bob and Maureen Neff, McLean, Virginia

“We wanted to remodel our house and felt we needed to call an architect to provide us with some ideas. We met Bob at a home show and he ended up being the only architect to respond to our request. The others thought our budget was too small to come and talk to us. Bob listened to what we wanted, and came back to us with a great plan. The first plan had everything we wanted but was over our budget, so Bob came back with two other options to cut cost. We decided to go with the first option and increase our budget, because it encompassed everything that we wanted for our home .”

-- Leslie Ossim, Vienna, Virginia

The Architect Can Make Your Life Easier

“Let’s face it, building is a long process that is often messy and disruptive, particularly if you are living or working in the space under construction. The architect you hire looks out for your interests and tries to find ways to make that process go smoothly.”

--The Beginner’s Guide to Architectural Services,
published by The American Institute of Architects

“During the construction process, Bob was always our advocate. Bob always interfaced with the contractor and the subcontractors at the appropriate times. The whole process went extremely smoothly. I would and have recommended Bob to my friends and colleagues.”

-- John Small, Bethesda, Maryland

“He was with us from concept to completion. He identified three general contractors to bid on the construction. He was very frank “I don’t do kitchens” but he recommended the kitchen designer that we finally selected. We retained him to monitor the general contractor’s progress during the entire effort. Once we started building we did not move a door, wall, or window. The design was very well thought out. All the contractors complimented him on the quality and detail of the drawing package. He helped us select paint colors for the interior and he even recommended our interior decorator. And finally, we invited him to our wedding”.

-- Bob and Maureen Neff, McLean, Virginia

“The communication with the contractors was excellent; there was never any butting heads. Bob was always there to facilitate the communication. We would recommend Bob to our friends”.

-- Kate Lewis Brown, Silver Spring, Maryland

“Bob was there through the whole construction process making it very easy for us. Bob was there every step of the process, to facilitate all communication with the builder. Bob was attuned to details and design that we could not have even imagined. They were the type of things I don’t think a builder would have thought of. There are just a lot of little niceties in our house that Bob created for the different rooms. Bob researched products and helped us make informative decisions for bathroom accessories, to the lighting that he designed in our bedroom. Bob was always looking out for our best interest; he made our house renovation a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend Bob to our friends.”

-- Leslie Ossim, Vienna, Virginia

And, From the Builder’s Perspective:

“We are one of the contractors that Bob invites to bid his projects. My expectations when working with an architect are that the planning process is competed or very nearly completed. That means the specifications and level of detailing has all been worked out. This is imperative for accurate pricing. I have not worked with an architect who is more thorough than Bob Reinhardt. He consistently provides a very complete set of drawings and specifications for each Project; which makes my job as the General Contractor easier. I highly recommend Bob Reinhardt to anyone looking for a good architect.”

--Tom Brown, President, Smith, Thomas & Smith, Inc., Bethesda, Maryland

“My expectations when working with architects are that they possess an excellent sense of design and that they are a problem solver. That is Bob Reinhardt. I have been working with Bob for about 15 years. When I recommend Bob to one of my clients, it’s a package deal. I feel confident that Bob will design what the client desires and that his ideas will be feasible for me, the builder, to implement. Bob is a great communicator. He finds a way to blend his responsibilities to the homeowner with his obligation toward the construction of the project. Bob is willing to compromise and he finds solutions to difficult problems. Because of this, Bob is an ally for me, the builder.”

--Dave Prokopchak, President, Summit Design and Construction, Inc., Rockville, Maryland

“My expectations when working with an architect are that he or she is responsive, organized pro-active, and willing to work together with the contractor to make the client happy. Bob Reinhardt is very responsive, and makes decisions quickly to keep the project on schedule. If there is a conflict, Bob is always willing to listen and to bring another perspective to come up with an agreeable solution for everyone involved. Bob’s drawings for a project are highly detailed, so there are few misinterpretations of what he has designed. If there are misunderstandings, Bob is always there to answer any questions that may arise. If our clients want an architect I recommend Bob.”

-- Sean Delaunay, Nash Construction, Inc., Marshall, Virginia