Should You Hire an Architect?
The idea of hiring an architect comes with a negative connotation lately – people claim it’s unnecessary, time-consuming, and expensive. However, more and more, there are cases of buildings not being constructed safely because people choose not to invest in professionals.
Yes, we said invest.
How much is the safety of the structure’s occupants worth?
Are you aware of the zoning and building codes in your area?
Do you want something more unique than a “cookie-cutter” structure?
If you answered yes to any of the above, then you may want to consider hiring an architect.
Architects are trained to effectively, efficiently, and responsibly guide a client from a two-dimensional design to a fully constructed building. Much like doctors, architects have ethical standards and a code of professional conduct that must be followed – the client’s requirements for the structure are taken into careful consideration, and problems (if any) will be addressed and resolved. Ultimately, the outcome will be a safe design that both functionally and aesthetically fits the needs of the client and future occupants.
Often, zoning laws and building codes throw many variables into the designing process that people have no idea about. How much square footage someone wants versus square footage dictated by property lines and setbacks, how tall a building can get, and even if a pool can be added to a property needs to be fully researched. The architect will creatively bridge the gap between the wants of the client and the requirements dictated by the codes. Modifying a design on paper is less expensive than having to change anything on a construction site.
For an architect, no two projects are ever the same. Much like two strangers may have similar features but never be identical, architect-designed buildings may share a similar language, but will never be carbon copies of another. Creating spaces that make people glad to be in, creating views, letting as much light into the spaces that need it, and engaging the structure to the rest of the community while still being unique are just a few of the goals of an architecture firm. Careful selection of materials and placement of windows can significantly reduce heating, cooling, and energy costs. Also considering the value that a well-designed structure can bring is invaluable for the potential resale of the structure down the road.
The cost of bad design is definitely more than an investment of a great design. Invest wisely.