When planning a large-scale remodel, a reorganization of a home’s interior layout or a new addition to the structure of a home, hiring an architect from the outset can be a wise investment. Licensed architects are educated and trained in the best methods for creating a safe and livable structure built to client’s wishes, not just the blueprint design or artistic aspects. If you hire a residential architect hired to design a home addition or other home remodeling project, part of their goal is to help determine the best design to fit you and your family’s needs.
Hiring an architect to design your project can be a matter of necessity — as many local building codes require a licensed architect for certain structural changes. An architect will also consider the way in which the new space will be used, is appearance, its construction and utility cost, what building materials will be needed to complete the project.
Other services an architect may provide include expertise and feedback on selecting appropriate building sites, providing additional drawings and estimates for a project, producing detailed working drawings used for competitive bidding and helping find qualified bidders. An architect can also help the homeowner’s contractor interpret design and ensure sure the work is done to plan.