Your house is your pride and joy. Because of that, it’s difficult to build a new one or to renovate your current home. You will make difficult decisions in the process. But, the greatest challenge is to find ways to make your home bigger, brighter, comfortable, and more harmonious. Most homeowners find themselves with two options here. One, to work directly with a builder in developing the house. Or, to engage an architect early and conceive the structure’s design with them. So, should you hire an architect or builder?
Truth is, you need both experienced professionals in the process. But, the ideal scenario is you must engage an architect first before the builders.
Everyone has a role
Your architect must provide you with a design that’s both functional and beautiful. To achieve that, the architect considers factors such as site location, the direction of the wind, angle of the sun, space requirements, building constraints, building codes, external appearances, landscape, layout, size and number of rooms, budget, the homeowner’s preferred style and more. With that, you make the most out of your property.
Then, the architect draws the plans that picture the proposed design. The technical architectural drawings of the building project are the most important part of the building process, that’s why the architect’s work precedes the work of others.
Also, your architect likely works with an engineer, who must ensure that the structure is strong, stable, and safe. His job is to determine what will happen to the structure under its own weight, calculate the load it can carry, and make sure that it won’t collapse in the event of strong winds and earthquakes.
The engineer also estimates the quantities of building materials required in your project. This way, you avoid buying too much or too little materials.
After that, your builder must execute the project, do the right construction methods, and keep an eye on your budget. Builders can’t draw up architectural plans for your home. Also, they need the drawings stamped by an architect.
If your builder offers this service, they might have an architect in their team. Ask the builder to ensure that an architect is really involved.
At the end of the day, it is imperative that all these experience professionals get along together to finish the custom home you wanted. Both your architect and custom home builder must bring talent and expertise to the table, keep their lines open, be team players, and work together like a well-oiled machine.