Hiring an architect for a home remodeling project seems to be an unnecessary expense. But this article except from houselogic.com shows some clear advantages to hiring a professional:
The bigger the remodeling job and the more valuable the house, the more you need a professional. “Any time you’re changing the exterior of the building, making significant alterations to the floor plan inside, or spending more than 5% of the value of the house, you want an architect,” says Stamford, Conn., construction manager William Harke.
Both architects and contractors can save you money through the creative use of space and materials. But the two professionals often solve problems differently. In a nutshell:
Contractors typically look for an efficient and logical solution, but not necessarily the most innovative or aesthetically pleasing approach.
Architects typically propose solutions that add visual appeal, and complement and flow into the rest of the house.
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Be aware that not every project requires that you hire an architect. Something simple like painting, electrical, drywall etc., are all the realms of a contractor. However, remodeling jobs that require you to get building permits such as home additions are the realm of a licensed architecture firm.
However, it isn’t just home additions that require permits, or the skilled hand of an architect. Sometimes, home remodeling requires that you get in touch with a pro.
Let’s say you want to add some natural lighting to your family room. You go to your local home improvement center, and buy a whole bunch of glass bricks and some mortar and caulking. You’re all set. Except, that you are looking at putting the glass bricks in a load bearing corner. Without meaning to, you could damage the structural integrity of your house, or if you live in Mesa, you may get in trouble with the city if you’re not careful. You would do better by calling in an architect instead, as they can easily determine where it is safe to put your new glass brick wall while keeping your house’s structure intact.
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Are you considering a Home Remodel of your current home or building a new Custom Home? If so, this can be such an exciting, yet overwhelming, adventure. There are so many things to consider and how do you know where to start?
If you are designing a new Custom home, you may really want to consider hiring an Architect. Ask yourself what your goals are? Do you just want to pick a stock floor plan out of a book? Or do you want to take the ideas in your head and create a custom floor plan that meets the needs of YOUR particular lifestyle? What are the perimeters of your lot and the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R’s) for your community in Phoenix? Confused already? For these reasons and many more, hiring an architect will help you with all of these issues and provide you with a design that specifically meets your needs.
If you are considering a remodel to your existing home you may question if you need to hire an architect. Of course, this really depends on the project. Often times though an architect can provide design ideas that you may not have even considered, ones that will better achieve your original goals for Home Remodeling in the first place. As they say measure twice, cut once. A well designed and thought out house plan will give you the best results and a better value for your money spent.
There are many options to choose from when you are designing and executing a Home Remodel or building a new Custom Home. There are draftspeople, designers, space planners, contractors, architects and many more titles that people call themselves. In the state of Arizona one cannot call themselves an “Architect” unless they have been registered or licensed to practice architecture in the state. To be a licensed or registered architect in the state of Arizona one must complete a bachelor’s degree in architecture, a 3 year internship and pass an extensive series of licensing tests administered by the State. What exactly does that mean for you and your residential project? Hiring an Architect for your project can provide you with a professional that has a wealth of knowledge and expertise that you may not find in an unlicensed designer.
A good Arizona Architect should provide a no-cost, initial consultation. This gives you a chance to run your basic ideas by them and get a feel for their design style and if they are someone you can work with. It is important to find an Architect that you feel confident about and enjoy working with. A good Architect will be able to help you realize and visualize your ideas on paper to result in a remodel or new build that best meets YOUR needs. Many times there are several solutions to solve a problem and an Architect can help you define these.