An architect is one of the many professionals in the community whose specialization is designing the best possible layout of homes and other infrastructures. By the phrase, ‘best possible’, it means exceptional physical appearance, functionality, safety and economic value.
An architect transforms a good building idea into feasible plans and images. This licensed professional in building design will be involved from the planning part, to the execution of the plan until the completion of the entire building project.
An architect possesses the necessary skills involved in design, engineering, management, supervision and communication so that a project will finish in conformity to the plan. Although there are people who just see architects as extra expense to add to the budget or obstacle in the quick completion of the construction tasks, the duties they perform are nevertheless indispensable in constructing houses and building structures that are creative, safe, functional and economical.
Finding the best architect who will create the best design for your home or any building project is essential. With the different styles employed by architects in their design, you need to select the architect whose approach matches your preference. Your search for the right architect must be done in a proper pace, not too fast that you will end up choosing an architect who does not meet with your requirements and not too slow that you will not be able to follow your time table.
The first thing to do for this architect search is to ask referrals from relatives, friends, or co-workers. Furthermore, you may also find a list of reputable architects from the realtors or builders’ offices in your locality. From this list, you can choose those whose previous projects are similar in design to the one you are envisioning. Should your home building project involve restoration tasks, you may check from offices of the historical society in your area so you will find an architect with appropriate specialization.
Online directories will also facilitate in your search. These online resources have features that you can use in searching for architects based on location or specialty. After coming up with a list of your selected architects, you may start calling them and ask if they would be interested in working for you. While you are at it, inquire if they would be requiring for a payment during the interview. If there is a fee and you don’t wish to pay an extra amount, then choose another one who would charge nothing during the initial meeting. From this phone conversation, you may request for the architect’s portfolio which could either be in forms of pamphlets, brochures or the more modern online portfolio.
Next step is to meet with your prospective architect. During this meeting, confirm if the architect indeed can create for you a design which you really prefer. Ask about the time it will take for the task to be finished. Also during this meeting, you should already discuss with the architect about the costs and fees that needs to be paid and settled for your construction project. Gather some contact information of the architect’s previous clients for your reference. Most importantly, verify the license and certification of your chosen architect.