Should You Hire an Architect?

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 01 Jun, 2015
As a home building/remodeling company every spring we watch home building burst into full bloom, and we also watch current homeowners invest in home remodeling projects, particularly those concentrated outdoors, such as adding a new deck or a screened-in porch. It makes us consider all the decisions, and even frustrations, these homeowners faced in starting […] The post Should You Hire an Architect? appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
In this article we’re going to address the topic of hiring an architect. Is it necessary?
First off architects are trained in design, engineering, and project management. An architect can not only design your project and provide a set of code-compliant plans, but they can manage the project including soliciting bids, working with contracts/subcontractors and overseeing the work. Architects are skilled in problem solving. They produce designs which not only are functional but address the needs of the homeowners, and their designs are also aesthetically pleasing. Their strong logical thinking based on mathematics ensures the homeowner has a stable, sound structure.
When building a new home, home builders such as us at J. Thompson Builders, have plans homeowners can choose from. The advantage is that the homeowner doesn’t have to make many choices, the plans are complete and the plans are suited for most typical homeowners. Additionally the plan can be customized to accommodate an individual’s lifestyle.
Those who enjoy DIY and can’t afford an architect can also use software that allows them to do the planning themselves. Homeowners can craft the detailed plans for an entire house, including everything down to the furniture and landscaping. Such programs cost only a fraction of what an architect does.
As another option, a draftsman is someone who can draw up a plan, has basic structural knowledge, but does not have as much training as an architect. Yet a draftsman costs less than an architect. However, sometimes you may still need to consult a structural engineer to review the plan in order to meet codes.
In these cases hiring an architect may be unnecessary.
The consensus?In choosing whether or whether not to hire an architect it really comes down to the scope of the project. Are you undergoing a major renovation or custom building your home from scratch? Then yes, it might be wise to involve a skilled architect. But if you only need to work from an existing plan or have the skills or the ambition to use your DIY skills, an architect may be an expense you can spare. The idea behind hiring an architect is to have access to the education, techniques and skills the average person does not have.
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