With mounting disbelief, I made my way through the "horror story" in John McCafferty's "Home Stretch" article (April 10). The disbelief was occasioned mostly by his apparent naivete regarding the pitfalls one can avoid by consulting professionals before attempting to "do it yourself."
Obviously, Mr. McCafferty has an aversion to architects, in particular to those who are members of the American Institute of Architects.
Only toward the end of the article did it become clear that Mr. McCafferty had purchased the property with an eye to turning over a large profit. Which makes his actions doubly incomprehensible.
If he was concerned that an architect's professional services would cut too much into of his profit, he only had to call the local AIA chapter office to receive the names of several experienced residential architects and spend a little time choosing the right one for his project.