In March 1998 my wife and I decided to build a house. We knew the type of house and someone with plans. We went to what we thought was an architect, the man who originally drew the plan, Anthony Olivieri of Abstrax Designs.In about three months Anthony came to my house and had a contract for me to sign. He wanted to charge us $7000.00 upfront to get the plans through the city. He also wanted to be the General Contractor, (which he was borrowing a contractors lisense), and charge us 6% of the cost of the finished home to do so. We signed but the same day canceled--since we wanted to be "Owner Builders". This caused Anthony to become very obstructive, He has dragged this out so long that we had to buy a home to sustain us, we live in a 880 sq. f.t home and with 2 teenagers at home it gets quite stuffy at times.
It has almost been 2 years, I still do not have a set of plans through the city, I have done all the footwork I paid Anthony to do as Anthony laughed, knowing he had omitted and changed certain things in order to raise the hurdles and make it more difficult for me.
Now he is forwarding the bills he should have paid out of the $7000.00 to my residense.