Why Hire an Architect?
You have a vision for your building project, and you want to make that vision a reality. There are many reasons why you should consider hiring a licensed Architect. Below are three important ways an Architect can help you:
Achieving a first-class design is not an easy task, and it requires much more than designing four walls and a roof. Just because someone has a drafting program that can generate plans does not make that person a good designer any more than learning to type makes someone a good poet. Achieving a truly unique design that is tailored to your needs requires a trained and highly skilled professional with good design and communication skills, and a thorough knowledge of codes and construction methods. Architects are specifically educated and trained to help you define your project goals, present options that you may not have considered or thought possible, and create places that not only function properly, but also are comfortable and inspiring places to inhabit.
Your home is a huge investment, and an Architect can help you to maximize such an investment. Architects can propose ways to get more for your money than you may have imagined possible. In addition, Architects can help reduce building costs, decrease your building's energy needs, and increase its future resale value and its lifecycle through good design.
It is important to recognize that design is the foundation of a successful project. If you do not invest in the design of your building project, then no matter how well crafted your building may be, your ultimate joy of living in it could be greatly affected. Once a building is under construction, the cost to make changes or remedy a poor aspect of the design could be significant, and could far exceed the costs of hiring an Architect. An Architect's fee is a very small fraction of the overall construction cost of a project, and an Architect can help you save costs while giving you more value for your money.
Design and construction today is a complex undertaking requiring many different products and skills. Although the process is inherently exciting, it can also be long and daunting, stressful, and rough. Dealing with the Building and Planning departments, other review agencies, and national, state, and local codes can be overwhelming for anyone who has not treaded these waters before. An Architect understands the complexities of building and can guide you through the process.