The drawings are of good quality, however not of sufficient detail for a builder to work from, which would be my expectation. It took four months to finish the project, and several iterations were necessary as the architect deviated from the design I provided. It was a lot of work to communicate what I wanted, even with detailed drawings created in Visio. I believe it is hard for some architects to deviate from a standard suburban American floor layout. Also, the architect specified a flitch beam solution across a wide opening, and my builder would not use that solution, insisting that it was 1970 s technology. I really don t know who is right, or if it is a situation of not invented here . There were a couple other things the builder changed, in addition to going into more detail with the measurements. I was under the impression that architectural drawings should be used for building. But why is it that all builders insist on doing their own drawings? The whole purpose is to get a neutral third party involved so that drawings can be provided to builders for bids. It seems like an expensive exercise if the builders just turn around and create their own drawings. The design did not come with load calculations, which the permitting office required, further prolonging the effort by another three weeks while the architect obtained the calculations and stamp from a structural engineer. I would expect that professionals would know in advance what is required by the permitting office in their jurisdiction. The architect, however, did provide valuable information throughout the process, through in some extra detail on the drawings, and I do believe he tried to the best of his abilities to produce a first rate product. He cared, and I believe his intentions were good. One of the things I can not understand, however, is why final payment is required before the plans are approved by the permitting office. If the architect states that they can provide drawings capable of passing the county permit process, then one should not be required to supply the final payment until they are in fact permitted. That is my opinion, however business owners don t seem to agree.