12 Benefits of hiring an architect!
Updated: Jan 1, 2020
It is estimated that the average person spends 80% of their lifetime indoors. Weather it's home, office, restaurant, gym, etc. So it is important that this space reflects the lifestyle, growth, and needs you have in mind.
An Architect is a professional that must undergo specialized training and education to earn license to practice architecture.
Architectural practice consists of designing buildings and spaces in conjunction with its surroundings. Professionally, an architect's decisions affect public safety.
1. Great understanding of your needs
Architects will explore a homeowner's lifestyle and use of their current house, and draw up construction plans that address both the owner's desires and the structural requirements. Just by listening to you, they are able to transform your needs and wishes into an architectural expression that also complies with building and city codes and the construction best practices. Depending on their city's codes, homeowners may also need to submit plans with an architect's seal before beginning work.
2. Better design
Architects deliver more interesting and creative design work, a better relation with the site, and a superior functional floor plan. Depending on the situation you may need to submit plans with a licensed architect’s seal before breaking ground.
3. Avoiding design errors
Specifically errors common in plan books or with inexperienced designers. As mentioned before architectural designers have design experience, so it’s a good idea to let them handle the design process because that’s what they are trained to do.
4. Creative solutions
That’s what they are trained to do based on their education and experience. For instance they can find the right strategies and materials to make the project cost effective according to your budget, while still bringing an interesting design to the table.
5. You can save money
Preparing detailed and accurate drawings significantly reduces design mistakes. Today's technologies allow designers to exercise a greater control over each part of the building by designing and presenting architecture projects in 3d versus the old school 2d floor plans and elevations. This in turns ensures that all the critical and most of the minor decisions are made and approved way before the construction starts. Changes on drawings are a lot less expensive than field ones (materials, manpower). This approach will also make it easier for the contractor to precisely estimate and build your project.
6.Good design is a profitable investment
Everyone has experienced a space that reflected unrealistic or frustrating design. Designing for function, flexibility, and timeless design adds extra value to the building. Simply put, well-designed homes have greater satisfaction and resale value over the life of the home. .
7. They will help you choose the right materials and finishes
Their knowledge of wide range of materials enables them to recommend the congruous materials for your project, based on budget requirements, proportions, and functionality of the space/room. Good designers can show you different materials options with the use of extremely realistic computer generated images, sometimes even in real time during the meeting with you!
8. Integrated energy efficiency
Following the building, orientation, location and layout are good design practices and a licensed professional will definitely give your home the basics requirements for energy efficiency. This means optimizing the amount of natural light and heating from the sun and in turn make you save on electric bills over time.
9. It's about trust
Conceiving and building a home is a personal matter, and you can relate even more if it’s your own. The architect can be your agent, the professional figure that takes care of your interests throughout the project and with the other professionals involved (contractor, engineer, consultants, etc...). This particularly applies when it comes to design decisions and field changes.
10. Negotiations with you contractor
Your architect can handle the tough aspects of contract negotiations on your behalf, allowing you to maintain a friendly, cooperative relationship with your contractor.
11. An architect will make your life easier
Building is a long process that is always intricate and troublesome, especially because you as the owner are already busy with your life. Hiring a designer can benefit you especially as it helps toward keeping a piece of mind by making sure that the design and building process go smoothly.
12. Project coordination
During the design and construction process you might require additional services such as engineering and interior design. The architect can coordinate all these professionals in order to keep drawings and ideas shared and consistent and to avoid conflicts. In addition the architect will help you get through the complex procedures to obtain the required building permits. If the agreement with your designer includes construction administration, he or she will visits the project site to make sure that the home is being built according to drawings and specifications.