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WHY HIRE AN ARCHITECT
Building Contractors often prefer to work with clients that have partnered with a design architect. The design architect is able to save the building contractor time and money because the design process has been finalized on paper. As a result costly changes during construction are minimized. The careful planning of the architect not only saves the building contractor costs but also those additional savings are transferred back into the client's wallet or purse.
WHAT DOES AN ARCHITECT DO
The architect can help provide the ignition spark to get the building contractor organized to build the client's dream. The architect is also the client's professional personal assistant to help guide the client through the design process. The design process can include pre-design, schematic design, design development, construction documents, permitting, and construction administration. The architect carefully guides the client through these phases of the design and can help the client navigate local zoning and code requirements. During initial meetings the architect gathers and organizes the client's goals, move-in date, and estimated budget construction costs. The architect can also use any sketches, example photographs, or other mediums that the client has collected to express their vision. The architect sorts this data into a concept plan for the client's review. The architect and client engage in collaborative design process that refines what the client wants into a plan on paper. The architect also uses the latest technology to illustrate the ideas in 3d forms to assist the client in visualizing the project for tweaks. Upon agreed satisfaction of the design plans and illustrations the architect moves forward with technical detailed construction drawings to be utilized by the building contractors, consultant engineers, and local permitting agency. In summary the architect brightens the pathway to construction for the client.