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What Is a Building Designer?

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Professional Building Designers, or Home Designers, specialize in designing single family homes. In some cases, they may also design other light frame residential buildings, agricultural buildings, and decorative facades for larger buildings.

Unlike architects, Home Designers are not required to pass the A.R.E. exam or receive licensing as an architect. However, a designer who carries the title "Certified Professional Building Designer" or "CPBD" has completed training courses, practiced building design for at least six years, and passed a rigorous certification exam.

While fees vary widely, most Certified Professional Building Designers charge between 3% and 6% of the total construction cost.

Also Known As: Home Designer

See: How to Become a Professional Home Designer

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