Reasons Why You need an Architect for Your Building Project
For a large majority of Americans, their home will be the largest single investment they ever make and the value of that home will make up the bulk of the assets in their portfolio. So, it only makes sense that most people want that house to be what they consider their “Dream Home”! One way to ensure that that your “Dream Home” does not turn into a nightmare is to involve an experienced and professional architect in any major building or remodeling project involving your home.
The top of the line reason for employing an architect is you need someone who can see ‘the big picture’, someone who can ask the right questions and make sure that you have considered all your family’s needs and can identify any restrictions surrounding local zoning.
Employing an experienced architect can save you much time and help you avoid costly mistakes. And, of course, it goes without saying that the earlier in the process that you get an architect involved, then the more assistance they will be able to provide.
Very few people realize how complicated it is to build or remodel their home – that is until they find themselves lost in the maze of design options, building codes, zoning laws, and contractors. There are so many variables when it comes to building and that can be overwhelming to a home owner.
The architect is the one professional who has the education, training, experience, and vision to guide you through the entire design and construction process, from helping you define what you want to build all way through to helping you get the most for your construction dollar.
Architects are trained to see the big picture. They don’t just design four walls and a roof – they create total environments, interiors and exteriors, that satisfy functional needs and are exciting, dynamic spaces for you to work and live.
Whether you are remodeling, adding on, or building from scratch, the architect can guide the way. Working with contractors and other construction professionals, architects can help you end up with a well-designed project that meets your needs and works with your budget and time frame.
Most building projects start with a want or need. “I need more storage space.” Or, “We’ve outgrown our house.” The trick is how to fit a three dimensional world into the right configuration to fully solve the stated problem. With their broad knowledge of design and construction, architects can show you alternatives and options you might never think of on your own, and present a unique solution.
Need more room for your growing family? An architect can show you how to enlarge your home so you don’t have to move. Have a limited budget? The architect looks for ways to make your project cost effective.
Architects Can Save You Money
The bottom line is this: a well-conceived project can be built more efficiently and economically. Architects plan your project with you. As your ideas evolve, changes can be made on paper rather than when construction is underway. Complete drawings also make it easier for the contractor to accurately price and build your project.
An architect can also save you money on making sure your project is energy-efficient, ensure you select the appropriate materials and workmanship at a fair price, and they can help you select just the right finishes that are durable as well as beautiful. Architects always stay abreast of the full range of advances in roofing, heating, cooling as well as flooring, tiling and paint finishes.
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. An architect can work with your budget and help you select the appropriate materials and workmanship at a fair price. Architects develop the drawings and specifications to help you get bids for construction that are based on your requirements.
An Architect Can Make Your Life Easier
Let’s face it, building is a long process that is often messy and disruptive, particularly if you are living or working in the space under construction. The architect you hire looks out for your interests and tries to find ways to make that process go smoothly.
If you would like to explore how we can make your life easier on your next building project, please call us for an appointment on 908-757-7007. We look forward to hearing from you!