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Hiring An Architect
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Certain home building and remodeling projects reach a level of
complexity that requires extreme expertise that only an architect
can provide. Working with an architect ensures that your project is
designed properly. Architects have the skills and knowledge to
design new homes, or an addition to a home, from bottom to top.
Also, they provide the plans and advice to guide your project in the
right direction, achieving the results you desire most.
It is good idea to obtain several names of architects from different
sources. Check the yellow pages, or ask for recommendations from
people you know. Keep in mind; certain architects specialize in
different areas, such as single-family dwellings, commercial, and
institutional. After contacting an architect, determine if they can
provide the services needed for your project and work with your
Be sure to check the references that each architect gives you. You
want to verify that the architect you hire has been adherent to
schedules and budgets in the past. Also, it is wise to visit the
projects that the architects have used as examples of their work.
The key to hiring the best architect for your remodeling project is
to make sure you choose one experienced with remodeling.
It is also important to find out what the fee schedule will be. Most
architects will charge an hourly flat fee. However, it is always
recommended to check how the fees will be determined. Also, ask if
they provide probable construction cost estimates for your project.
Most importantly, be sure to thoroughly review your ideas with the
architect. You may know what you want, but the architect can tell
you whether or not what you want will actually work in your home. An
architect can also update you about new design trends and materials.
It is important to use the architect's expertise to help you develop