I've recently moved to Phoenix from Portland, OR and have purchased a c. 1950 home on N 10th Ave just south of Bethany Home in the Sun View Estates neighborhood.
The couple that lived there up until last year are the folks who built it back in 1950. With one owner, it's been well cared for, but it also has developed a number of "homey" touches and "remuddlings" over the years that have caused the place to be really chopped up, oddly laid out and lacking a nice flow of floor plan.
I'm looking for a good, reasonable architect or designer with whom I can work to develop a design, all the way through to construction drawings, for a remodeling project.
The thing is - I'm looking for someone who, while sensitive to the mid-century charm of the home, is a realist who understands that not everyone is made of money and who is not interested in turning a fairly basic "handyman" built home in to a show piece. My desire is to work the project a little bit at a time, over the course of the next few years, with me doing some of the work and some of it being done by hired professionals (things like structural framing, roof, major plumbing and electrical, etc.) So I'm NOT looking for a design-build firm - they like to be paid for construction, not for design and drawings.
My interest is to improve and modernize the interior and kitchen, correct some of the odd changes that were made that really mess with the original floorplan, unify the roofline (the additions have created an odd and choppy silhouette, not befitting the place) and generally get the house to a point where it's open, comfortable and fairly close to being period correct - without going overboard in to full blast "let's make this look just like an Al Beadle masterpiece" mode.
Thanks, in advance, for any assistance that the members of the group here can provide.