How to Choose an Architect
Few things are more fun than having a new home constructed or an old home renovated. And in most cases, it is the architect who makes the biggest difference in the project’s outcome. Through their plan, the direct the appearance and function of the home, as well as dictate the financial requirements and even the emotional impact of the construction. This is why you should choose someone who connects with you well, especially as you discuss your lifestyle, preferences, and everything that must be considered in making this plan.
Before you choose a specific architect for your new home construction or renovation project, you have to review a few essentials to make a wise decision. Below are tips to help you in doing so:
Like many other professionals, word-of-mouth is a big part of how architects find their business. Seek referrals from those around you, be it family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. Is there a home you really like? Why not knock on the door and inquire who designed their house?
You can also come up to building contractors, interior designers, house painters and other professionals who usually work with architects and may recommend some. Or contact professional organizations like the American Institute of Architects and ask for a few names in your area.
Another good place to search for a good architect are customer reviews (stick to reputable consumer websites though for credibility). You can typically search by location as well as view photos of their previous projects.
Principles of the Practice
Definitely one of the most crucial things you have to know about an architect is their background. In this day and age, this should be easy. Start with the architect’s website and find out everything you can about them. From what you’ve gathered, what can you say of their practice philosophy? Is sustainability important to the architect? Are they geared towards fitting into the neighborhood?
Architects vs. Designers
When searching for design professionals, you may meet architects as well as people who refer to themselves as designers. Architects are bachelor’s degree holders who have apprenticed for thousands of hours with a licensed architect, and also passed a series of stringent exams. A designer, on the other hand, is someone who fits each of those descriptions except for being licensed.
One thing to remember before deciding on an architect is to consider at two or three more and make comparisons. After all, you’ll always aim for the best, but it’s impossible to know who that is if you skip this part.