411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

10 Tips To Lowering An Electricity Bill

10 Tips To Lowering An Electricity Bill This lay out 10 different strategies you can do to help drastically lower your electricity bill so that you...

on Apr 23, 2017

Reasons to Hire End of Lease Cleaning Services

You love your apartment, and you have made many great memories there. However, now you must consider what to do as you near the end of your lease....

on Apr 21, 2017

Are Blocked Drains a Landlord's Responsibility?

As a tenant renting a property, you are expected to do any kind of reasonable maintenance work that prevents damage to the property. But what...

on Apr 20, 2017

Smart Upgrades to Get More from Your Home Renovation

If you are planning a home remodeling project, it is the perfect time to consider making a few major upgrades that will make your home more...

on Apr 19, 2017

5 Tips on Growing an Organic Garden

Once seen as something attempted only by health fanatics and bohemian types, organic gardening has taken the world by storm and is one of the...

on Apr 19, 2017

How to Find the Right Architect for Your DIY Project

by Guest on Oct 4, 2016

As with many home improvements, all architects have an individual approach to custom building.  Rather you are building a home from the ground up or increasing your home with an addition, different architects will have their individual style.  To find the right architect that has your style in mind, follow these tips.

Starting with a List:

  • Ask friends, neighbors, and co-workers about their architects.
  • Check with Realtors and builders in your area. Find the names of architects who designed projects similar to the one you plan.
  • Use a Architecual referral service.
  • For restoration projects, check with your local historical society or historic zoning board.

Call prospective architects. Find out whether they would be interested in your project.

  1. Ask whether there is a fee for an interview and the amount.
  2. Request literature that describes the firm's qualifications and experience.
  3. Meet with several prospective architects.
  4. Confirm that the architect you are meeting is the person who will actually work on your project.
  5. Ask how long the project will take and what possible delays to expect.
  6. Discuss fees and anticipated construction costs and permits.
  7. Ask for references from past clients. Find out how past clients feel about their new home.
  8. Consider visiting at least one project by your prospective architect. Ask the owners about any problems that may have been encountered during the design and construction of the project.
  9. Verify your architect's licensing and other credentials. A licensed, registered architect (RA) will have different education and training than a certified building designer (CPBD). Again, a screening program will quailify these and other needs.
  10. Find out the professional affiliations of your prospective architect. An architect who joins an organization is not necessarily more highly qualified than a non-member. However, by joining a group such as the AIA (American Insitute of Architects) or the ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects), the pro indicates indicates a committment to the values and standards of that organization.

Tips:

  • You may be working closely with your architect for many months. Choose someone you feel comfortable to communicate your needs to get the project done -- don't let them run the show entirely.
  • Interview prospective architects at their offices, if possible.
  • Plan to spend at least one hour on your first meeting with a prospective architect.
  • Be sure to scroll down this page for more resources to help you find the right architect for your project.

Most Recent Articles

Sponsored Articles

Random Articles

Siding: Cedar vs. Cement

Cedar and Fibercement (Cement) siding are both high end materials. Either Cedar or Cement sidings require a slightly greater upfront investment...

Windows / Siding

Construction of Modular Buildings For Homes

Modular buildings are today being looked upon as viable solutions to speed up the construction process and increase its efficiency. Modular...

Construction / Materials

Dealing with Deer - Deer Free Landscapes

OH DEER! As with most pest problems related to our landscapes, when considering the problem of deer damage, it's better to consider concepts...

Pest Management / Ecology

Respirator or Dust Mask - What is the Difference?

When embarking on any project whatsoever where you will be subjected to airborne particles, you may want to make sure to have the appropriate level...

Cleaning / Maintenance

The Three Rooms in Your House that Buyers Look at the Most

It can be a real challenge to get your house into the condition it needs to be in before it goes on sale. Nobody wants to have one of the houses...

Real Estate / Finance

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | RSS | 411homerepair © 2017