What is an architect? In short, an architect is a person who creates the design and plan for a building so that it can be turned into a real three-dimensional space. But what does that mean for someone looking to build a house? And, why would that person need to enlist the services of an architect? As stated above, the architect is the person who will create the plan for your project, whether that project is a home, an office, or something else entirely.
This, however, is not all that an architect does. In addition to creating the actual plans that a project will be built from, an architect serves as a mediator between you, contractors, and others working on your project. They can oversee the work being done and make sure it is being carried out according to plan, oversee payments of contractors, and assist you in putting together the team of engineers, interior designers, and others needed for your project. They help clearly define goals for the project and set a schedule for completing the work necessary to bring your dreams into reality. They guide you through the design process and work to create a functional space based on your particular needs, dreams, and budget.
They will also help save money on your project. By bringing an architect into the picture early on, they can help work out and foresee any changes that might need to be made to your building on paper before the construction process even begins, thereby saving the time and money it would take to fix possible mistakes. They can also suggest alternative building materials that are less expensive and materials that hold up better over time which will save you money in the long run. They can help to create a space best integrated with the environment it is built in to allow it to have a naturally more efficient heating or cooling system.
An architect also has knowledge of zoning, building codes, historic district parameters and other guidelines and laws that could cause possible issues with the construction of your project.
In short, talking with an architect before you begin work on your project helps the entire building process go more smoothly, saves money, and makes you aware of possible issues before they become issues. If you are thinking of starting on your own journey towards designing a new home, or adding onto or renovating your existing home, feel free to reach out to us with any questions you might have.