An architect can make the most of your space and aesthetic requirements, while also providing the most bang for your design buck.
Before you meet with your architect, do your own due diligence using the tips below. The more you know about what you want and need from your project, the more easily your design professional can help make your domestic dream come true.
I spoke with Greg Miller, AIA, and principal at Cooper Carry, to get a better understanding of how to bridge the gap between homeowner and architect. He offered this important advice:
Obviously, the more you know about what you want in the first place, the easier it will be for your designer to help you reach those goals. If you really don’t have a clue what you want or even what you need, you can start by making a list of what you need your space to do. Once you’ve established what the space needs to accomplish, you can focus more on design details and spatial layouts.
You can also jot down a list of what you like about your current home or specific room and what it lacks. Affirming what works is a valuable tool in planning for your future space. Your architect will be able to make the best use of the space you have available and can help with such things as storage solutions, suggesting proper materials and ensuring that your project is completed in a timely manner.
As with hiring any professional, it is encouraged that you check the credentials and reputation of your architect before hiring them. It’s a good idea to review their work and perhaps even speak to some of their prior or current clients. An architect can make your new home design or renovation go much more smoothly and is well worth the time and expense invested for their expertise.
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