What Do Architects Do?
You have a building project in mind. You have a vision of what you want. Now you need to make that vision a reality. Here is how an Architect can make your building dream come to life . . . and why an Architect should be an essential member of YOUR building team . . .
Architects . . . See the Big Picture
Architects are educated and trained to help you in discovering your new building or remodeling dreams. They are experts in guiding you in determining what you specifically want to create. And they present ideas and options you might never have considered, assisting you in getting the most for your valuable investment. Architects don't just design four walls and a roof -- they create total interior and exterior environments, which result in exciting and functional places to work, live and play.
Architects . . . Solve Problems Creatively
Architects are trained problem solvers. Need more room for your growing family? Architects can show you how to enlarge your home so you won't have to move. Is your kitchen or bathroom old, dated and dysfunctional? An architect can help you revitalize these spaces into vibrant yet practical areas featuring the latest in materials and fixture selections to make your life easier and livability in these rooms more enjoyable.
Architects . . . Help You Get the Most from Your Construction Dollar
Architects can reduce building costs, decrease your home's energy needs, and increase your home’s future resale value through creative, innovative design. Have a limited budget? Architects can also propose ways to get more for your investment than you ever imagined possible.
Architects . . . Make Your Life Easier
Building is a long process that is often messy and disruptive, particularly if you're living in the space while it's under construction. Your Architect represents you and your needs, hopes and expectations. Your Architect also looks out for your interests and smoothes the overall construction process. Your Architect can also help you organize and select a qualified construction team, coordinate the overall building process, and visit the worksite at key intervals of construction to help insure that the work is constructed according to plan . . . and according to your expectations and satisfaction.
Why an Architect?
Architects are the single participant in the building industry most capable of guiding the overall design and construction process to a successful conclusion. They respect the industry’s traditions and are trained to be masters of innovation, technology and change. An Architect listens to you and serves as your advocate throughout the entire project.
And like doctors, accountants and attorneys, Architects are licensed professionals. Licensure as an Architect is the result of a special educational process, rigorous training, and completion of a complex series of exams. An Architect usually has a minimum of five years of professional schooling and three years experience in the workplace before becoming eligible to take the licensing examination. Only licensed Architects may use the title “Architect”. And Architects are the only professionals in the construction industry who are ethically bound to represent you, the building Owner.
The Value of working with an Architect
You will benefit by involving an Architect in your project as early in the process as possible. Architects provide a broad range of services and can provide value at every stage of the design and construction process. The Architect tailors the design to suit your personality, needs, budget, and lifestyle. The Architect’s extensive understanding of the vast complexities involved in building . . . including creativity in design, awareness of the latest construction materials and technologies, comprehension of complex and varied building code requirements, construction document preparation, bidding, and overall construction oversight . . . makes the Architect a valuable and essential participant of any building project.