Originally Posted by chinaclipper
Honestly, I would have used DE or his associates from the beginning...
I spent $1000 for DRAWINGS.....
I was just coming here to post the EXACT same thing..like chinaclipper, I actually had a local "designer" (read: sales guy at an electronics store masquerading as a real designer) quote me $1,000..also for DRAWINGS. And, his initial drawings..well, let's just say they were so wrong as to not even be in the ballpark. Fortunately, I never hired him based on his draft and all around lack of confidence that he knew DIDDLY about what he was doing.
Unless you have HUNDREDS (and I mean HUNDREDS!) of "free hours" to spend reading, researching, analyzing, and all around tearing your hair out, I'd HIGHLY recommend hiring one of the experienced HT design people here on AVS FROM THE GET GO. Don't even TRY to DIY on the design unless you just have a ton of free time on your hands and a twisted interest/obsession to spend every night, every weekend, every free minute for the next 12-24 months obsessing over a project..
This stuff can get reasonably complicated and hard to get "right". There is absolutely no substitute for experience and knowledge.
I've pulled in some professional help at the tail end of my project here, but could have saved literally half a year if I'd done that earlier!
With that said, I'm < a month to construction, but it's been a real.. process.