A licensed architect will provide polish to your renovating job. But expertness comes at a price, and finding a credentialed designer might not be needed. Here’s how you can determine whether an architect is necessary for your remodeling project.
What an architect does:
As architects, we are highly skilled in building design, engineering, and ergonomics. In the beginning of a remodeling project, we will analyze your home, take note of your wishes and requirements, and then offer options and estimate construction fees.
Once you’ve settled on a design, the professional can work up simple floor plans or complete blueprints, help select a contractor, work with a structural engineer for permitting, and spot check or oversee construction to ensure it’s being done according to plan.
At Architectural Realms, we’re willing to negotiate costs on remodeling ventures. We could consent to a flat fee for the design as well as blueprints, and an hourly fee for site inspections and design changes after development has been launched.
The larger the remodeling job and the more valuable the home, the more you’ll need a professional architectural firm like us.
Both architects and contractors can save you money through the creative use of space and materials. But the two professionals often solve problems differently.
Contractors generally seek out a competent and reasonable solution, but not always the most innovative or aesthetically pleasing strategy.
Architects usually recommend solutions that add visual attractiveness, and enhance and flow within the rest of the home.
If your financial budget is limited and your project is straightforward, we have plans for those in the beginning stages. Our fees may surprise you, and are certainly not commensurate with our experience when it comes to simpler designs.
You could potentially hire a draftsman, who could create technical drawings for less, but the draftsman will not have the design and engineering expertise we utilize. You will save some money with a mere draftsman, but eventually you’ll need to employ an architect and/or a structural engineer to approve the design before your regional building authority will issue a permit. As architects, we’re familiar with the inner-workings of governmental codes, and are trained in meeting their requirements.
If you’re able to spot quality construction yourself, you could restrict us to the design and blueprint phases, typically for 5% to 10% of the total project cost, but we feel after developing a relationship with Architectural Realms, you’ll see the advantages in employing us completely. If you don’t know a beam from a stud, it would be prudent to employ us to, at the very least, inspect ongoing construction, known as site visits.
Site visits typically are included in our contracts; we, too, has a vested interest in making sure construction reflects our design! We take pride in our work. But you don’t need us to simply check each nail or screw, necessarily. A few site visits — after framing is completed and during punch-up — are all that’s necessary for a typical addition or remodel.