Are you planning on building a new home?
Or, maybe you’re taking on a renovation project to update your current home?
Either way, there’s a good chance that at some point you’ll feel a bit lost in a maze of design options, building codes, zoning laws, contractors and so on. No two building projects are exactly the same, therefore you can’t expect to find a single clear-cut path to get the end result you desire.
And, as you know, your building project represents a major investment that will affect the satisfaction your family gets from your home as well as its resale value down the road. A large and important investment like this deserves the attention of a trained architect.
Why Hire an Architect?
Simply put, architects are the only professionals who have the education, training, experience and vision to maximize your construction dollar and ease the entire design and construction process.
Early involvement is key. By helping you define the building project, architects can provide meaningful guidance for design. They can conduct site studies, help secure planning and zoning approvals, and perform a variety of other pre-design tasks. Even more specifically, an architect can:
- Help you define the scope of work
- Provide references for top contractors and tradespeople
- Advise you with regards to appropriate contact terms, payments, and deposits
- Provide payment certification
- Outline a schedule of values
- Conduct research into holdbacks, liens, etc.
- Offer licensing and insurance assistance
5 Ways an Architect Can Save You Money
Some people might think that hiring an architect is another expense that will add to the total cost of their building project. But, this is a short-sighted viewpoint. Here’s why:
1. Plan now to eliminate changes later.
Architects plan your projects with you. As your ideas evolve, changes can be made on paper much less expensively than later on when construction is underway. Thorough drawings also make it easier for the contractor to accurately price and build your project.
2. Reduce future energy bills.
An architect can design a building to maximize heating from the sun and let in natural light, thus reducing your heating, cooling and electric bills over time.
3. Get exactly what you need.
An architect can work with your budget and help you select the appropriate materials and workmanship at a fair price. They develop the drawings and specifications to help you get bids for construction that are based on your requirements.
4. Save on maintenance and replacement costs.
Architects work to stay abreast of advances in roofing, brick work, floor tiling, paint finishes, etc. Their familiarity with the full range of materials enables them to suggest the appropriate materials for your project.
5. Achieve higher resale value.
A well-designed house has a higher resale value. This will put more money in your pocket in the future.
Here is a detailed guide outlining how you can find the right architect for your building project. A few minutes of your time now could save many hours (and thousands of dollars) as your building project unfolds.