Whether you are adding an extension, building from scratch or working on a
remodel, an architect can offer valuable insight into your build. The architect
can help make the project meet your needs and desires. Both commercial and
residential spaces can benefit from the unique perspective of an architect.
Here are some tips to make the most of using an architect.
Like any professional, you should have a first meeting or initial
consultation where you can interview the architect and explain the project. Not
every architect works well for every project. Consider what architectural planing services the
firm does and whether they suit your needs prior to making the appointment.
Once in the interview, discuss the deliverables, fee
schedule, important pieces of the project and the architect’s approach.
The architect comes to the project site to analyze the existing conditions.
The design phase starts with a focus on the functionality of the design, the
layout of the rooms and the building’s interaction with the surrounding land.
The architect may use photos to help the client envision the space and come up
with ideas for the project. The design phase can take some time to complete
depending on how much back and forth there is.
The architect makes 2D renderings of the approved designs. The client
reapproves the new renderings and then permits are sought to begin the project.
Most municipalities require the right permits before construction starts. This
process can lengthen depending on the speed of the permitting department.
Once you have your permits and an approved design, it’s time to find a
qualified contractor. The architect may have some recommendations for you to
interview. Some use a bidding process and others don’t. The contractor is
typically determined before the permit processing is complete. The architect
checks on the project during all stages as frequently as a few times a week.
An architect can help you reimagine your space and make the entire process
go smoothly. Your new space is ready to be enjoyed.