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Tips on Finding the Best Architect and Building a Relationship

Residential architect

Finding the right architect for your project is essential. You want an architect who understands your vision, who you can easily work and communicate with, and who will bring your plans to life. While word of mouth is usually a reliable way to find a residential architect you’ll be happy with, there are other tips you can use to find the best architect for you:

  • Check out what their clients have to say about them online. Any reputable architect will be happy to share feedback and reviews from former clients, and with a few simple Google searches, you should be able to find some information about what it’s like to work with them. 
  • Find an architect whose communication is on par with yours. You’ll be communicating frequently with your architect throughout the duration of your project, and everyone has different expectations and preferences about communication. Some people prefer weekly check-ins with their architect, while others feel more comfortable speaking every other day. Whatever your preference may be, establish it early on and ensure you and your architect are on the same page.
  • Seek out someone who honestly manages expectations. Architectural projects don’t always go according to plan. No deadlines are set in stone and sometimes factors beyond our control affect timelines and other aspects of the build. Working with an architect who communicates honestly about what’s happening will build trust and give you a reasonable idea of what to expect.
  • Be wary of architects who make promises that seem too good to be true. While no one loves hearing the word “no,” a reputable architect will have an honest conversation with you if there are bumps in the road.

The right architect to build your dream home 

As with most complex projects that involve a lot of different components, building a new home requires patience, perseverance, understanding, and most importantly, working with an architectural team you trust. Finding a residential architect who understands what you want and shares your working and communication styles is essential, and it may take some time to find the right architect for you. Don’t rush the decision – it’s a very important one!

For more information about how our architects can help bring your residential or commercial vision to life, please contact us today. Discover why so many people in the New Jersey area partner with us to create custom home plans and build the home of their dreams.