Why would an architect decline the job?
This is not for a new build but you guys seem to work more with architects so I figured I would ask this here.
I have a very old carriage house that I would like to restore. I asked people for references and called the first architect. He sounded pretty interested in the project and we set up a meeting for him to come and see it a couple of days later. In the meantime, I emailed him a couple of pictures of the structure. He emailed me back to say that it would be very costly to restore the carriage house and it would be better to build new. If I wanted to do that,we cocould meet but he was NOT (his capitalization) interested in a restoration project.
I went on the internet to try and find architects with web sites where I could see examples of their work. I found one that also works with our local preservation board. Sounds promising, right? I emailed him and explained the project and also explained that the structure was in a state of extreme disrepair. He emailed back and said it sounded like exactly the kind of project they were interested in. We set a date and he asked for pictures. I emailed the pictures and he responded back to confirm the date. However, when he got there, instead of going out to look at the carriage house, he spent the entire time explaining to me how costly a restoration would be and how I could have it disassembled and a new one erected with new composite materials that will be less maintenance and will last longer. I told him that I was not interested in that and I haven't heard from him again.
When I did the initial walk through of my home, I fell in love with the carriage house so my realtor asked her neighbor, who is an architect, to come and take a look at it. He went inside and said it was in much better shape inside than what it looked like outside and saw no reason why it couldn't be restored. After a little digging, I have found his information and I'm just waiting to get on his calendar.
My question is why would the other two decline a restoration versus a new build? In the interest of full disclosure, I know absolutely nothing about working with an architect and can hardly hang a picture straight on my own. However, I didn't think the cost of the build mattered to the architect. If I want something drawn that I can't afford to build, as long as I can pay for the drawings, that's all that the architect needs to know. What am I missing? Even before contacting these architects, I had two different engineering companies evaluate the structure and they both said it was not beyond the point of restoration but it was going to be a lot of work which means a lot of money. I agree with that but I don't get why it makes a difference to the architect whether I spend my money on restoring it or spend it on building new.
Thanks in advance for your feedback!