Why Use an Architect?

A Wise Investment »

The architect's services are a wise investment for the money, not an added cost to your project. Why? Because a well-conceived project can be built more efficiently and economically. Because an Energy Efficient Design will substantially reduce energy costs over the lifetime of a building. Because seeking competitive bids with the architect's drawings will ultimately save you money. Because one design idea may save thousands… for example an architect may find more efficient ways to use your existing spaces thereby reducing the size and cost of proposed additions. Because an Architect can help you choose materials and finishes that are durable as well as beautiful, saving on frequent maintenance and replacement costs.

Design Tailored to Your Specific Needs »

An architect is trained to listen carefully to your project requirements, needs, wants, dreams, budget, etc. and translate this information into a design that will accomplish all of your project goals. Good architectural design can improve your life by providing spaces that are comfortable, functional, energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Here is a common scenario for residential projects. You are thinking of renovating your home so you call in several different contractors. Contractor A gives you one price based on his set of ideas and Contractor B gives you another price based on his set of ideas? How do you know if you are comparing apples to apples? If you work with an architect you can ask each contractor to bid on the exact same set of plans and specifications that are tailored to your specific needs.

 

Architects Education, Licensing & Unique Qualifications »

Don't leave it up to a contractor, draftsman or home designer to design spaces that you conduct your daily life around. Architects are uniquely qualified in building design. They must meet specific education and professional standards to obtain and maintain licensure in the jurisdictions that they practice.

An architect's signed and sealed drawings may be required to obtain building permits on residential projects in certain jurisdictions. Commercial projects typically require an architect's signed and sealed drawings for permitting. It is best to check with the building officials in the jurisdiction in which you are planning your project. Even if an architect's signed and sealed drawings are not required it is still recommended that you seek the architect's services. An architect's professionally prepared set of plans will go a long way in helping you expedite building permits and obtain accurate bid pricing. Today's building codes and permitting requirements are more complicated than ever. An architect can help you navigate through this complex design, permitting and construction process.

Solving Design Problems in Creative Ways »

Most building projects start with a want or a need such as… “We've outgrown our house!” 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 show you alternatives and options you might never think of on your own.

More Reasons to Hire an Architect »

  • 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.
  • Architects can prepare thorough construction drawings which make it easier for the contractor to accurately price and build your project.
  • 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.
  • Because good design sells!! A well-designed house or building will be more attractive to potential buyers and have a higher resale value.

Let’s face it, building is a long process that is often messy and disruptive. The architect you hire looks out for your interests and tries to find ways to make that process go smoothly. If your project requires engineering or other design services, the architect can coordinate this team of experts. The architect sorts out complex building codes and zoning laws. The architect can help you find qualified construction contractors based on your requirements. The architect can visit the construction site to verify that the project is being built according to your plans and specifications.

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