So you’ve finally decided that you want to build your new home. What’s next?
When thinking about the design and functionality of your home, potential homeowners face one of the most significant decisions of their lifetime. It is estimated that the average person spends 80% of their lifetime indoors. While some of that includes time away at work or in your community, the vast majority of your time and memories made will be within the four
walls of the place you call home. With this in mind, it is important that this space reflects the lifestyle, growth, and needs you have in mind.
Building or buying is a big step and the process can appear overwhelming and filled with unknowns. That’s where hiring an architect helps.
An architect is a professional who is specifically trained and licensed to work on the planning and design of buildings. The facets of an architect’s role are as varied and fascinating as their work; these are professionals who lead the process of creating functional spaces, from concept and design to a full realization of those designs.
Whether you have a new home or minor remodel in mind, your lifestyle offers insight that helps architects design spaces that reflect how you want to live, tying all of the details together into a cohesive package.
10 Benefits of Hiring an Architect:
1. GREAT UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR NEEDS
We begin the design process by getting to know you and exploring your lifestyle. First and foremost, our job is simply to listen to our clients and translate their vision into an architectural expression that complies with building codes.
2. BETTER DESIGN
Tying your lifestyle in with three dimensional spaces is our specialty. We can deliver more interesting and creative spaces that
work with the natural elements of the site and surroundings, all while factoring in budgets, schedules, building codes and zoning requirements.
3. AVOIDING DESIGN ERRORS
Specifically, errors included in plan books or with lack of experience. Planning ahead and having well detailed ideas on paper saves in the long run. It’s like the quote “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Through continued education and experience, our staff is trained to know the most up-to-date best practices and superior design, and we bring this to each client.
Depending on their city’s codes, homeowners may also need to submit plans with an architect’s seal before beginning work. By utilizing a system that creates real plans embodying our client’s vision and professional prospective, we enter into the
building process with a clear vision and peace of mind for our clients.
Preparing highly detailed and accurate drawings significantly reduce design errors, conserving your valuable budget dollars. Utilizing three dimensional building information modeling, we can account for a greater deal of realistic factual information very early in the process- further ensuring budget and schedule accuracy. This can be easily coordinated with contractors at any stage of the process as well.
4. CREATIVE SOLUTIONS
We are experienced at creating big spaces with small budgets through finding creative solutions to complex questions. It is common for unexpected and unknown issues to arise during any project. As architects, we minimize and navigate the unknown through careful planning, research and understanding of the space throughout the entire design process. We can find the right strategies and materials to make the project both cost effective and beautiful.
5. 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.
6. THEY WILL HELP YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT MATERIALS AND FINISHES
As a part of our team, our in-house interior designers have an intimate understanding of the project, lending to a smooth transition into choosing important materials and finishes for your home. Their knowledge of a wide range of materials enables them to recommend the congruous materials for your project, based on budget requirements, proportions, and functionality of the space. It’s all about bringing the details together with the big picture.
7. GOOD STEWARDS OF RESOURCES
We have one earth to build on. As architects, we can help you be a part of preserving it. Efficient floor plans, proper building orientation and location along with careful detailing and material selection all play a part in ensuring this place will be here for the next generation. It also saves on your monthly utility bills while lowering long term building maintenance costs.
Designing and building a home is a personal matter. As your architect, we are your agent. We will take care of your interests
throughout the project, working alongside the contractor, engineers, and consultants. This particularly applies when it comes to design decisions and field changes. This facilitation minimizes the technical decision-making on the part of the client, who can focus on big picture decisions while we act as an advocate for your vision.
9. NEGOTIATION WITH YOUR CONTRACTOR
The architect can handle the tough aspects of contract negotiations on your behalf, while checking for accuracy in implementation of design throughout the construction process, maintaining a clear understanding between all involved.
10. THEY WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER
Building is a long and complex process. Hiring a qualified team can benefit you especially as it helps toward keeping a peace of mind by simplifying difficult decisions. With a trusted team of consultants, we have experience working as a team to keep drawings and ideas moving forward. We can help you get through the complex procedures to obtain the required building permits. As project managers, we will be facilitators in planning, designing and communication- all to achieve the end goal of making beautiful designs buildable.
Still not convinced? Watch THIS VIDEO for insights into the planning, process and final product of this South Hills residence from start to finish, where the homeowners discuss their home, favorite features and thoughts on building a home with the help of an architect.
Jason Egeline is the Vice President of CWG Architects. His expertise is in residential architecture with a passion to build for a long term. Throughout his nine years of practice he’s integrating his experience of living throughout the west into his building, and benefits from the diversity that comes with it. Be it working on an innovative school project or racing a 24 hour endurance race, Jason is always looking for something unique that brings the most out of himself and the opportunities he encounters. E-mail Jason