Building a home is an exciting and often once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people to realise their ideal living space – and having the right design input and architectural insight is critical to the success of your project. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that you find the perfect residential architect for your project.
- The American Institute of Architects website: This is a great database for finding qualified architects in your area. They have strict ethics standards that all members must adhere to, which is important for protecting your interests as a client and ensuring that you receive reliable services.
- Online research: Once you have a selection of names, online research can provide you with much more insight into the kind of services they offer, the types of projects they work on, and help form that initial connection with your vision. For example, if an architect focusses on building offices, they likely won’t be the right fit for your home extension.
- Know your vision: Architecture magazines, home design magazines, and online resources are great for helping to form a vision of what you want. Build up a file of designs that appeal to you and keep that in mind when you are looking for an architect, as this will help you find someone who has a personal connection to what you want to achieve. The clearer your vision, the easier it will be for the architect to connect with it. This is also a great help when browsing an architect’s website – for example, if you love cutting-edge, modern glass and steel construction, it’s a good sign when your architect features projects of that kind.
- Interview your architect: Remember, you’re the client here and you’re putting a lot on the line in this project – your money and your vision – so the architect you choose needs to be up for the task. Ask about their experience, as well as their experience creating a home like that you envision. Ask about what will be expected of you in terms of time, meetings etc., and how much one-on-one time your architect will spend with you. Find out what they will be able to show you in the design and conceptual phases, and who else from the firm will be working on your project. This is a very personal relationship, so your architect needs to be someone you trust and can communicate with easily.
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