An architect can take on several key roles throughout the construction process. While sometimes they may be hired to draft and design plans for complex projects, they are also capable of taking on other responsibilities during the planning and construction process, particularly project management.
An architect, unlike a home designer, is a trained professional who has a license. A home designer may or may not be licensed, so while this means they are cheaper alternatives, this also can limit the range of their services. Designers, depending on state regulations, also may not be insured against malpractice.
While hiring an architect may seem like an expensive option, it will save you much more money in the long run. Architects are experts in using space efficiently and creatively, knowing what materials are the most economical, and distinguishing which design choices work and which don’t. An architect can tell you how to get the most natural lighting, how to get maximum storage space, where to place appliances in a kitchen to make it easiest to navigate, and much more. They can help you avoid building code violations, so you won’t have to waste time fixing problems found in the plans. They’ll streamline the whole process, so you’ll end up saving a great deal of time during your home’s planning and construction.
Keep in mind that these are all things that an architect can potentially do for you. Not every architect will necessarily offer all of these services, so it is important to make sure which services are included when you are interviewing them, and how much prior experience they have.
You will be working closely with the architect on your project, so you’ll want to make sure you are both compatible and comfortable with each other before hiring. Asking the right questions> during an interview with a potential architect is the most important thing you can do to find out if they’re a good fit for you and your project. Keep in mind that this initial interview may not be free of charge.
Once you’re finished interviewing the architect, consider the most important question: is this someone you would like to work with? If so, then make sure everything you’ve both agreed on is in the contract, in terms of services, timeline, and fees.
Are you looking for an architect for your project? Design Everest has you covered! Call us at 877-704-5687 for a free consultation today to learn more about the architects we have on our team and our previous assignments. We will help find a perfect fit for you!