If you’re considering a once-in-a-lifetime model, the expert help of a licensed architect may help you achieve the home of your dreams.
If you’re like most homeowners, you probably dream of one day completing a major home-modeling project. And I’m not talking about tiling a tub here. This is the once-in-a-lifetime innovation — the kind that dramatically changes how you live, energizes the entire household.
Perhaps your dream is to build a two-story dwelling unit with a family room below and a master bedroom and bath above or maybe you’ve always wanted to have a spacious kitchen. Regardless of what your dream entails, all major projects can benefit from the expert design help of an experienced, licensed architect.
I know what you’re thinking: Architects are way too expensive and only necessary when building multilacks and crores homes — and the current economic roller coaster isn’t helping any. The truth is, architects are well worth the extra cost on large project jobs because with thoughtful evaluation and design, they can meet — and often exceed — your expectations. In fact, depending on the size or complexity of the remodeling, calling in an architect might be the only way to get the project off the ground, and to ensure your dream comes true. Here’s why you should consider taking the plunge if you’re really going to have your dream success of your house.
An architect has the training and skill to produce a detailed design based on your particular needs and desires — a design that’s sensitive to the architecture of your existing home and scaled to the proper proportions. However, what truly makes an architect valuable is the ability to develop and refine a vision of the completed project that you can see and understand. And architects are experts at seeing not only the big picture, but also the hundreds of tiny steps between concept and completion.
After the initial consultation, and once you and the architect have defined the scope, features, purpose and functionality of the project, the architect will develop a set of preliminary drawings, sometimes called schematics. These drawings are just the first of many that you should expect to see.