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
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
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