Finding the best architect is a very important part of the home building process…
I loved the TV show Seinfeld. Every time I hear the word “architect”, it makes me think about how George would claim to be one when trying to impress someone. Always cracked me up how George thought he could fool someone into thinking he was something he wasn’t.
But something that isn’t funny about architects is the process of finding the right one when you are building a custom home. If you’ve bought the perfect lot or tract of land and you know exactly what you want, then the next step is finding the best architect. Which means you need someone with the skill and experience to make your dream home a reality!
Buying a home is a big decision and so is building a home. It can be just as stressful as buying. Some say building a home is more stressful than buying. Which is why it is so important to find the right architect! Hiring an architect isn’t as simple as just calling up a few and seeing who might have the time.
You must pick someone that understands what you want and can communicate well so there aren’t any extra expenses or delays. Plus you want someone that can design on budget and has an upstanding reputation. Here are a few things to consider when you are looking to find an architect:
Just like some most doctors specialize in just one field, architects are the same. You need to ask each one if they have a specific style of home. Ask to see their portfolio of work. While architects can do just about anything, they all have certain design features or styles that they tend to prefer.
You’ll want to know they have the experience to help make your dream home a reality.
Let me say that when it comes to architects, you don’t want to try to cut corners. Just because someone charges less does not mean you should use them. Architects charge a flat fee or a percentage of the total building cost. Most charge a percentage of the overall cost of your home, usually ranging from 5-20%.
Project Management Services
While not every architect offers project management, it is something you should inquire about. Architects can do so much more than most people realize such as checking the contractor’s work, making adjustments as the construction moves forward and obtaining lien waivers.
This is why you must have all the architects you interview include a list that describes exactly what you get. The extras can add up quickly and might play a part in who you choose.
Finding the right architect can make all the difference when building your dream house. So do your research and be sure to get references.