When building a new home, most people find it hard to choose between working directly with a builder or engaging an architect to obtain a custom home design.
Most people can’t decide because they want the best for their project. After all, building a new home is an investment. It is a person’s pride and joy.
In this blog, we aim to help you find and tap the right building professional for your project. Do you call an architect or a builder first?
Who comes first? The architect or the builder?
Before you decide, ask yourself one simple question:
Do you have a clear idea of what you want?
Most large-scale home builders show you several houses plans. Their customers use these house designs over and over again, but you can change a few design elements, so the structure suits your needs and the building regulations.
Other people call these cookie-cutter homes because there are limited options when it comes to cabinetry, flooring, room configuration, and more.
When you want a more bespoke design, an architect is your best choice.
Projects always start with a vision. When you’re not sure of what you want, an architect can help you design a home you’ll love.
Why appoint an architect?
Architects design the aesthetic interiors and exteriors of a building. They work closely with you to create a custom home design that suits your taste, lifestyle, needs, location, and budget.
Their work starts in a design consultation. The architect visits you to get to know you and to get a grasp of your style. Your architect should review your ideas and provide you with professional design advice. Meetings like this help clear the vision you have for your project.
Architects also conduct design consultations to view and assess your block of land. Your architect should be able to point out what makes the site distinctive and unique. At the same time, yours should be able to check preliminary local codes and council regulations to determine what you can do and can’t do on your property.
When you are happy with the result of the design consultation and services of your architect, engage them in your project. Hire them to draw the custom house plans for your project.
During this process, architects team up with other consultants:
- Land surveyors to make precise site measurements, determine the property’s boundaries, and to provide data about the shape and contour of the soil.
- Structural engineers to ensure the building’s strength, stability, and safety. They create the foundation and the framing package. They guarantee the structure meets all appropriate building codes.
- Thermal Performance Assessors to conduct residential building thermal performance assessments.
Architects also help you choose the best builders to build and manage the project. Your builders, with the help of skilled trades, execute the project using the right construction methods. They bring good insight during construction, assist in material selection, and help keep the project within budget.
When your builder is trusted by your architect, relationship building won’t be an issue anymore. They won’t act like oil and water, which makes the design-build experience bumpy.
Aim for a better design-build experience
As designers, architects offer great ideas, but builders construct them. You need both to finish the custom home you wanted.
Choose an architect who:
- captures your style
- listens to what you want
- expresses your personality in the design
- doesn’t just copy the design from images you like
- produces a creative and practical design
- uses innovation, and
- delivers high-quality work and service
Of course, choose a builder who respects what the architect has to bring. When a design doesn’t work as envisioned, a great builder works through design solutions with the you and the architect. Together, you develop solutions to achieve the intended design.