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!
Design Everest is OPEN! We work remotely and are fully committed to taking on and delivering projects.
Design Everest’s remote working model can safely take-up and deliver your projects within the current government guidelines on COVID-19 (a.k.a Coronavirus). This applies to many of our project scopes, including architecture, civil engineering, structural engineering, and construction administration across California.
Design Everest is set up to remotely leverage digital platforms (virtual meetings, calls, emails etc.) in client-facing and internal operations. Over the years, we have advanced this ability to the extent that we can continue supporting new and existing clients across many of our projects. Even projects that need an on-site visit can be fulfilled safely via video calls or in-person visits, where permitted.
Note that the present government guidelines permit the delivery of essential services, including those related to construction.
YES, Design Everest's remote working model enables us to work safely with all clients, suppliers, industry partners, and internal staff as per government guidelines.
Design Everest can still support many of our types of projects (new or ongoing) safely. For example, new custom homes, accessory dwelling units, civil plans etc. We are committed to delivering these remotely and safely as per the current government guidelines. In case of any external dependency that is unavoidable/unavailable, your assigned Custom Success Manager or Project Manager will keep you posted on it and try their best to keep your plans in-progress.
YES, our remote working model enables us to be fully committed to ongoing projects. In case of any external dependency that is unavoidable, unavailable or unsafe, your assigned Custom Success Manager or Project Manager will keep you updated and try their best to keep your plans in-progress. If an on-site visit is not feasible via a video call, we will try our best to fulfill the visit safely, where permitted.
Some of our clients are already going ahead with their projects with us via video calls or virtual meetings. Your assigned Customer Success Manager or Project Manager is happy to help you with this, where needed.
There are multiple reasons for this. It's typical to plan the construction step in the summer. So, clients get started on the pre-construction steps (architecture, engineering, and construction admin) in winter or spring to stick to planned timelines.
Projects such as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Additions/Remodels enable clients to rent/resale and generate revenue. Meanwhile, many clients are concerned about protecting their families and businesses against earthquakes by retrofitting their homes and buildings. These are just a few of the various reasons why it’s still reasonable for clients to stick to their construction plans.
Feel free to phone us at (888) 311-3015 Alternatively, you may contact your assigned Custom Success Manager or Project Manager directly via phone, email or virtual meetings.
To summarize, Design Everest is OPEN and able to serve new and existing clients, affiliates, suppliers, and industry partners.
Stay safe and rest assured that Design Everest can help you go ahead with your plans as per the recommended safety guidelines!