Are you looking to hire a residential architect? When building or remodeling your home, choosing the right architect is crucial. With that said, most of us aren’t sure what to look for or how to pick the best team to create your dream home. The design team you choose will work closely with you throughout the entire process, so it’s important to select an architect you feel comfortable with. Here are some indicators that will help you find the right design team:
- They need to have sufficient time to work on your project. When interviewing potential architects, ask them how many projects they’re currently working on. This will lead to important conversations about projected timelines, how much time they can reasonably devote to your project, how often you’ll be able to meet with them, and so on. Remember that architects often work across a portfolio of projects at one time, so it’s rare that you’ll be the sole recipient of their time.
- They need to have worked on projects similar to what you want. You wouldn’t hire an architect who only designs sports arenas to add an addition onto your home. Take the time to comb through their work portfolio and find a design team who has built homes that look similar to what you want. If possible, we recommend going to see their previous work in person.
- They come with great referrals from builders, contractors, and other industry professionals. As the saying goes, word of mouth is often the best way to find someone, and architects are no exception. Do your research and ask some local builders and contractors which architects they recommend, and which design teams they enjoyed working with most.
- They share your expectations about how often to meet and have conversations related to your project. Some people expect to be able to speak or meet with their architect often, while others are happy to go for longer periods of time with infrequent contact. Whichever category you fall into, it’s important that your architect feels the same way you do. Have a discussion about expectations upfront, so there are no unexpected surprises along the way.
A custom design for the home of your dreams
When talking to potential architects it’s helpful to think of them as your extended family members. After all, you’ll be speaking with them, meeting with them, and making important decisions alongside them for the duration of your project. Naturally, you want to choose someone you feel comfortable with and whose creative vision and abilities align with yours.
For more information about how we can help with custom home plans and home remodeling, please contact us today. Find out why so many people in Northern New Jersey choose us as their trusted architecture design partner.