Hiring an Architect
To Hire an Architect, or not to Hire… That is the question! Few people realize how complicated it is to build – that is until they find themselves lost in the maze of design options, building codes, zoning laws, contractors, and so on. Like a snowflake, no two projects are exactly alike. There is no single clear-cut path to navigate. A well-experienced architect is the one professional who has the education, training, and vision to guide you through the entire design and construction process, from helping you define what you want to build to helping you get the most bang for your construction dollar.
Talented architects see the big picture. They don’t just design four walls and a roof. They create total environments, interiors, and exteriors that satisfy functional needs and are exciting, dynamic spaces in which to live. Whether you are remodeling, doing an addition, or building your dream home from scratch—the great architect can guide the way. Working with contractors and other construction professionals, architects help you end up with a beautiful project that meets your needs and works with both your budget and time frame.
Architects solve problems. Most building projects start with a want or need. “I need a larger kitchen for entertaining.” Or, “We’ve outgrown our home.” But how does that need or want get translated into square feet and three-dimensional space? That is what architects are trained to do—solve problems in creative ways. With their broad knowledge of design and construction, architects can come up with clever alternatives and options you might never think of on your own, such as—designing to age in place; designing to maximize views; designing to support daily living patterns, and so on.
Need more room for your growing family? An architect can show you how to expand your home so you don’t have to move. An architect can design a home that meets your needs today and can be adapted for tomorrow. Have a limited budget? An architect looks for ways to make your project cost-effective.
An architect’s services are a wise investment for the money vs. an added cost to your project—which is often the misconception. Why?
- A well-conceived project can be built more efficiently and economically. Architects plan your project with you with your budget in mind. As your ideas evolve, changes can be made in the design development phase when three-dimensional Revit software is utilized—a cost-effective tool that also eliminates human error. Changes made during the drawing phase are much less expensive than later on when construction is underway. Thorough drawings enable the contractor to accurately price and build your project.
- An energy-efficient home can save you money on your fuel bill. An architect can design a structure to maximize natural lighting & heating/cooling effects, thus reducing your electric bills over time.
- An architect can help you choose materials and finishes that are durable as well as beautiful, saving on frequent maintenance and replacement costs. Architects work to stay abreast of advances in lighting, finishes, flooring, paint, etc. Their familiarity with the full range of materials enables them to suggest the appropriate materials for your project.
- An architect is available to support the construction process in a variety of ways through construction administration: interior architecture design assistance such as the final selection of finishes and materials; developing millwork details such as replace mantels, bookcases/built-ins and ceiling treatment details; site visits with you and/or the contractor; review of applications for payment; review and negotiation of change orders; coordination of all field questions; preparation of contractor’s final punch list; and issuance of Substantial Completion certificate.
- Good design sells. A well-designed home is easier to sell and often has a higher resale value.
Architects can make your life easier. Let’s face it, building a new home is a long process that can, at times, get messy and disruptive, particularly if you are living in the space while under construction. The architect you hire looks out for your interests to ensure the process flows smoothly.
An architect is your advocate, designer, friend, family member and sometimes even a marriage counselor when a couple might not see eye to eye on design options! In the end, a good architect has the talent to take the element of fear or the unknown and make the design process an extraordinary journey!