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Should You Hire an Architect?

If you are building a new home, then you obviously need an architect, but what about those times when you have a home improvement project? Do you need an architect then? It depends.
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Should You Hire an Architect?

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If you are building a new home, then you obviously need an architect, but what about those times when you have a home improvement project? Do you need an architect then? It depends.

Architects are always necessary when you will be changing the footprint of an existing home. Home improvement projects that require a change in footprint include adding an addition, altering a current room’s size and or shape, removing structural walls, or making significant changes to electrical systems or plumbing. Many city codes require home improvement or build plans to be reviewed by a licensed architect before any work can be done. Older homes may require the use of an architect on smaller projects, since it is more likely that structural issues will emerge, and the systems in the house may not be up to current standards and codes. 

Hiring an architect may also pay off when you have space limitations. Finding creative ways to incorporate wanted features, such as extra storage in a small space, will make it worth taking this step.

Architects are not limited to the indoors. Creating outdoor rooms and installing significant outdoor structures may require the services of a landscape architect, who can consider the existing landscape, to design the best outdoor experience for a home. 

An architect will take many things into account before he or she starts drawing up the plans. The first step is to get a comprehensive understanding of a homeowners lifestyle and how they use the house. The architect will also examine the home’s structure. Finally, the architect will build the home improvement plan, incorporating all the homeowners needs and wants, and allowing for any structural issues or applicable building codes.

After the architectural plans are completed and any necessary permits are issued, contractors can begin to execute the design. 

Architects may not be necessary for some home improvements. In these cases, directly hiring a contractor is usually fine. You may choose a general contractor or a firm that specializes in a particular job. For example, a flooring contractor can replace the existing floors in your home without the need for an architect’s plans. Other home improvements that can commonly be completed without the use of an architect include: replacing appliances, installing cabinetry, or making an additional feature, such as a closet, within a room. 

It is important to note that individual architects don’t generally control the final costs of the project. They are there to design the best plans for your home, and don’t have any say in how much the contractors you choose will charge. Some architects can help you source contractors or higher end materials, but you will need to ask. 

Design and build firms can act as one-stop-shops. They usually have experienced architects on staff and can handle an addition or home improvement project from start to finish. 

 

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