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Should I hire an architect for my renovation?

Laura Carson Miller is freelance lifestyle writer in Atlanta, writing for magazines and the web. Her favorite subjects include beauty, health/wellness, and financial issues. She is also an avid cook, gardener, fashionista and interior st...

The professional touch for your home

If you're considering a renovation of your home or even if you are just remodeling one room or a say a kitchen plus dining area, you might be wondering if you can pull it off on your own or if you need the professional services of an architect.
Couple meeting with architect

When it comes to designing and building, a licensed architect is the person who will give you the most for your time and money. These days, many people are choosing renovation of their existing home as opposed to buying a newer home. Find out why it's worth it put your renovation in the hands of someone who is knowledgeable and creative and is looking out for your best interests.

Architects know design

When you hire an architect for your renovation, you will benefit from the talent and expertise of someone who can get the most out of both your space and your budget. Your architect looks at your renovation with discerning eyes and can suggest design enhancements and materials options you might not even know existed. Architects are used to solving problems involving spatial issues and can make square footage work in ways you would've never thought of on your own. Placement of doors, windows and walls can make or break your room design and your professional architect will know how to make all these things work in unison to get you what you want. The larger and more expensive your project, the more important it is to have a professional in charge of making sure you don't bite off more than you can chew in terms of what you expect from the final product. It is advisable to work with an architect who is experienced in remodeling, as they will have experience with the existing structure and can be better equipped to assist you than an architect who works purely on new construction.

Architects take responsibility

When the design is finished an architect's job is far from over. They can help you find a contractor to perform the work and oversee the project while it is being done, making sure it is constructed with the materials specified and within the contracted budget. Securing any needed permits is another task they can take care of. They can also deal with any problems that may arise during construction, including zoning issues and supply shortages.

The proof is in the product

If you look at renovation projects where an architect was involved versus those where there was no architect, it is clear that the professional touch takes precedence. In addition to looking better on the outside, because they pay attention to such details as scale and size, your renovation will work better for you inside when it is designed by someone who knows how to make your wishes come true. Imagine that the walk-in closet you thought would never fit in your renovated bedroom is now full of your clothes and shoes, thanks to your architect! And that mini-putting green your guy thought would never happen in the side yard is the handiwork of the landscape architect your dentist recommended. Who knows what home-related feats your architect can pull off?

If you're looking to update your space, you owe it to yourself to speak to an architect about how they can help you make your home-related dreams a reality. Translating your wants and needs into a new space is their specialty, and they are waiting for your call!

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