Architects are highly trained in building design, engineering and ergonomics. When you are begin a remodeling project an architect will examine your house, listen to your desires and needs, and then provide solutions for you. Once you’ve settled on a design, the architect 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 and make sure it’s being done according to plan.
The bigger the remodeling job and the more valuable the house, the more necessary it becomes to hire a professional. Some say that any time you are changing the exterior of the building, making significant alterations to the floor plan inside, or spending more than 5% of the entire value of the house, you need to hire an architect to protect your investment and optimize the remodel. Architects, unlike most contractors, typically propose solutions that are efficient, add visual appeal, and complement and flow into the rest of the house.
If your budget it tight or you are trying to trim corners, you may want to have an architect draw up your blueprints, plan the remodel and just do site inspections once in awhile or maybe not even at all. The frequency with which you use your architect, once the initial planning is complete, is entirely up to you and your budget. The most important reason that people should work with an architect is to help them decide what they really want and need from a professional aspect. Architects also not only focus on the interior like many designers but are concerned with the outside look and function as well.
There are a various number of ways you can remodel and people that you can work with and we at Tucker, Booker +Donhoff are ready to begin a great working relationship with you!