building "old" house - architect or builder
I want to build a new "old" house, meaning having all the character that a turn of the (last) century house had (maybe a Foursquare). I know this has much to do with the scale, proportion, roof lines, etc. But I believe what sets the better looking "old" homes from the wannabes is the materials - wood windows, casement (width, thickness), clapboard siding (I want the closely spaced 2.5 or 3 inch reveal, not the big wide planks you see on new builds). Is it the job of the architect to specify/source the right materials, or the builder? I'd be afraid to have all the architect's work wasted if the builder doesnt use material that makes the difference.
Also any recommendations on architects/builders in the SF bay area? Does your architect need to be local? I assume you wouldnt want your builder not to be local, right?