Few people realize how complicated it is to build--that is until they find themselves lost in a maze of design options, building codes, zoning laws, contractors, and general craziness of a building project. No two building projects are exactly alike so, there is no single clear-cut path to follow. Whether you are about to expand your current residence, adapt an existing structure to a new use, or construct an entirely new home, your building project represents a major investment that will affect the contentment and tranquility of your family for years. Smart decision-makers know that the way to maximize such an investment begins with consulting an Architect. Architects are the only professionals that have the education, training, experience, and vision to maximize your construction dollar and to facilitate the entire design and construction process.
An Architect can help you to define the building project and can provide meaningful design guidance--but early involvement is key, They can conduct site studies, help secure planning and zoning approvals, and perform a variety of other pre-design tasks that an inexperienced individual might not understand. Plus, when an Architect is involved at the earliest planning stage, they gain more opportunities to understand your needs and requirements, develop creative solutions, and propose ways to reduce costs, when necessary. The long-term result is a home that adds to the efficiency, substance, and value to your life.
Speak with an Architect who is a member of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) at the earliest stage of planning your home.
Why an AIA Architect?
The name and initials (AIA) of The American Institute of Architects are registered trademarks. This means that no one has the right to use them to describe any other organization, individuals, or activities connected with the Architectural Profession without the Institute's permission.
Architects must be licensed before they can practice as an Architect or call themselves an Architect. There are three main steps in becoming an Architect: education, internship, and examination.
The AIA assures the public that you are talking to an educated Architect that has passed a rigorous examination of both design and structure before they allow an Architect to become a part of The American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Anyone who can afford to build or remodel, even the most modest structure, should consider consulting an Architect. An Architect's job is to help maximize the design potential within a given budget. Keep in mind that a great design does not have to cost a fortune.
Top 5 Reasons:
1.Great understanding of your needs
Architects will explore a homeowner's lifestyle and use of their current house, and draw up construction plans that address both the owner's desires and the structural requirements. In other words, by listening to you they are able to transform your needs and wishes into an architectural expression that also complies with building and city codes and best practices of construction. Depending on their city's codes, homeowners may also need to submit plans with an Architect's seal before beginning work.
2. Better design
Architects can deliver more interesting and creative design work, create a better relationship between the building and the site, and develop a more functional floor plan.
3. They avoid design errors
Due to their experience, Architects can recognize and avoid errors common in plan books, or errors that may surface due to the lack of experience of Architectural designers. As mentioned before, a licensed Architect has design experience, so you can feel confident in placing the design process into their hands. Their years of study, training and practice will benefit you and your project.
4. Creative problem solving
That’s what they are trained to do based on their education and experience. For instance, they can find the right strategies and materials to make a project cost effective according to a client’s budget, while still bringing an interesting design to the table.
5. They can save you money
Preparing greatly detailed and accurate drawings significantly reduces design mistakes. In today’s world of software and technologies, Architects are able to exercise a greater control over each part of the building by designing and presenting projects in 3d, versus the old school 2d floor plans and elevations. This in turn ensures that all of the critical and most of the minor decisions are made and approved before the construction starts. Changes to drawings are a lot less expensive than revisions in the field. Field revisions require more than just the cost of additional material and manpower for redesign and reconstruction.
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