How to Choose an Architect For Your Home

There are some essential issues to consider when you are searching for a home design architect. If you are looking for someone to design a new building or a perform a renovation for your home, you will want someone willing to listen to your direction. You likely have specific ideas for what the finished product will look like, and your home design architect should be sensitive to that. Here are a few things to remember when considering different designers.

The first thing you should do is to seek referrals from friends, co-workers, family members, or other professionals in related fields with whom you feel comfortable. This first step is always a great way to start. To compliment referrals, you should also look through the yellow pages under the terms “Architects.” Third, you should do an internet search for architecture companies, or you can search beyond your area if you are comfortable working with an architect across state lines.

After you have made a few choices to select from, now comes the part in which you will need to interview each architect to get a feel for the person as well as his or her work. There are several important things that you should key in on with each architect’s interview. There is no particular order in which these questions, however, they should at the very least respond to a level of satisfaction on your part. And for more helpful tips, check out this article.

1. Experience 
How long have they been in the design business? What is their training?

2. Request to see examples of their work
It is customary to see their portfolio, i.e. a set of plans, photos of finished products, etc. Ideally, if an architect has a website you usually can see a portfolio of photos and stock plans there before your initial interview.

3. References
While they will only provide you with references from folks who had “good” experiences with the designer, it is still helpful to hear what their experiences were.

4. Professional affiliations
Is the designer a member of a business related organization? Often this is a testament to how serious they are about their profession.

5. Continuing education
Ask whether or not your choice designers participate in Continuing Education.Usually, if they are a part of a professional organization, it is required.

6. Do they use contracts?
Ask if the designer has a contract for custom home design services. Ask about the terms and what will each party accept.

7. Pricing
How much? Don’t ignore the elephant is the room. Know what you are projected to pay for the service. (Note: It is important that you have some knowledge of home design services and pricing before interviewing the designer, so you will have a benchmark on the cost to determine your budget for a set of custom plans.) Prices will vary as will the level of talent and experience.

There may be more questions that you would want to ask, but the above are essential in making a decision on who you will hire. Remember, you will have to work with this person for several weeks, perhaps months. Make sure you are comfortable with the architect, that way the process can be a smooth and pleasant journey.

Find out more about choosing an architect in this short video. Thanks for stopping by, and Good luck!!