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Investing in the services of an architect

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Looking to build your dream home, building on to your existing home or renovating your house to give it a new flair? No matter what your building project, never underestimate the value of the services of an architect. The expertise of a good and skilled architect will save you a lot in construction cost and not to mention the value added to the proposed property when it comes to the resale of it. When attempting any building project the appointment of such a professional will without a doubt be the best investment you will make. 

An architect is qualified and skilled in the art of designing well proportioned stylish buildings. No matter what the size of the project would be, the services of the architect will free you from concern; will provide you with value for money, and a creative vision towards the project. The extensive training and experience allows the architect to design buildings that flow effortlessly and strives to maximize the use of interior spaces. 

The architect is accomplished in the dimensions and arrangement of rooms to create a building that is in harmony with its surroundings and within itself. On the topic of aesthetics, the architect will ensure good proportions, which features will compliment your taste and style of house, which finishes compliment each other, and the cost differences of comparable materials. 

A good architect will not try to enforce his own tastes in design, but instead try to get a good feel of the clients’ taste and try to guide the client to come to a realistic building solution that encompasses all the clients’ requirements regarding accommodation and aesthetics and compiling it all in a sensible package that also conforms to all the relevant building codes and within the aesthetic rules of the area or estate. 

Choosing your architect should be done with care. Choose him or her like you would your doctor. Your relationship will be a lengthy one involving big sums of money, and for most people possibly the biggest investment they will ever make! If possible try and find someone you can trust and feel comfortable with his level of skill and expertise and especially someone who listens to your ideas and requirements with care.

Referrals from friends or family are a good starting point but don’t feel afraid to check out his/her references and reputation. If you are planning your dream home, try to make use of the services of a ‘residential only’ architect, as this is certainly a specialist field and an architect in the commercial field will not have the same finesse in the design of your most valuable asset. 

Written by JB, architect & founder of dreamhouses. Reproductions of this article are encouraged but must include a link pointing to //www.dreamhouses.co.za

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