Architects are professionals, trained and licensed to plan and design buildings, both residential and commercial. When choosing an architect and depending on your needs, you should look at companies with the expertise you require, but you should also ask around for references.
There are a host of reasons to hire architectural design services and all of them benefit you. Whether for a renovation or a new build, choosing an architect is one of the most important decisions a homeowner will make.
The right architectural design professional will ensure the following:
A Professional Design
Design errors often occur from lack of experience and they can cost dearly. A professional architectural designer plans ahead, creates detailed blueprints and plans for function and flexibility. Unexpected issues often arise and veteran designers will help you navigate these speed bumps on the road to your finished home.
Creativity Meets Solutions
Most architects are familiar with "Champagne taste and beer budgets" and are adept at reining in expectations to save you money in order to meet scheduling and budgeting constraints. They will be familiar with the wide range of available building materials to advise accordingly and consider your budget, proportions, and the overall functionality of the space.
Many homeowners who negotiate at work think they can do the same when building or renovating their home. As a general rule, this is not a good idea because homeowners have a personal stake in the project, making them less objective. In addition, they just don't have a good handle on the many layers and nuances of the myriad suppliers and their respective contracts and duties involved in the construction process.
A Wise Investment
Professional architectural designers will ensure your construction project adheres to the standards of good stewardship. Remember: a superior and efficient design will add value to your building, provide greater satisfaction and increase resale value over the life of your home. Careful detailing and choosing the right materials can also save on your monthly utility bills and help minimise long-term maintenance costs.
They Listen To You
While professional architectural designers bring their expertise and advice to the drafting table, they will also design your dwelling by considering you and your lifestyle, looking to couple your needs and desires with a design that meets practical applications as well as safety and building codes.
Finally, a professional architectural designer will also inspire trust and help minimise what is invariably a traumatic experience for any homeowner. You should feel comfortable with your chosen designer; this designer is going to help create the space where it is estimated people spend 80% of their time: your own home.