What do Architects do?
You have a vision of what you want. Now you
need to make that vision a reality. Here's how architects can help you:
Architects see the big picture
Architects are specially educated to help you define what you want to
build, present options you might never have considered, and help you
get the most for your valuable investment. They don't just design four
walls and a roof -- they create total environments, both interiors and
exteriors, that are functional and exciting places in which to work
Architects solve problems creatively
Architects are trained problem solvers. Need more room for your growing
family? Architects can show you how to enlarge your home so you won't
have to move. Have a limited budget? Architects can propose ways to
get more for your investment than you imagined possible.
Architects help you get the most from your construction
Architects can reduce building costs, decrease your home's energy needs,
and increase its future resale value through good design.
Architects make your life easier
Building is a long process that is often messy and disruptive, particularly
if you're living in the space while it's under construction. Your architect
represents you, not the contractors. Your architect looks out for your
interests and smoothes the process, helps find qualified construction
contractors, and visits the worksite to help protect you against work
that's not according to plan.
Speak with an architect who is a member of The American
Institute of Architects (AIA) at the earliest stage of the design process.