Building a home for your family is one of the most important things you will do. It is where you’ll live out a major portion of your life and good design can ensure that you have very little problems with it. Whether it is a commercial or residential project, it is a valuable investment and it is up to you to choose the best person for the job.
There will be a strong relationship between the client and the designer. You have to be of the same mind-set so that you’re able to discuss ideas openly with each other. This has to be a trusting relationship and there has to be a good communication between the two of you. You may have an idea of what you want your home to look like and you will have you basic requirements for the project. But it is the architect who will be able to detail out the requirements you give and come up with design strategies and aesthetics. They will be able to guide you through the process to make the best decisions. As architects and designers rely on word of mouth a lot, you can ask your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours etc. for recommendations on good designers.
This will give you some direction on whom to go for your new home design. There are also many websites that you can check on certain architectural and design firms. They will have provided their portfolio that you can go through. This will give you an idea of what kind of design or style that the architect has and whether it resonates with your own preferences. You can read reviews and get an understanding about their scope of work. You will have to look at other aspects such as sustainability, environmentally friendly design, and low energy design when you’re looking at the architect’s profile. Try to understand what their values are and whether you have the same values. You can also ask professionals in related fields such as contractor, interior designers etc. for recommendations. You can make an appointment and have a consultation with a few architects that you are interested in. But before you meet up with them, you need to write down what your basic requirements for the project are, what types of spaces you need, the expected budget, your future plans for the building and also information regarding the site such as survey plans. Maybe you haven’t selected a site and you have a few options. You can discuss them over with the architect and he/she will help you choose. Ask to see examples of their work, how they will approach your project, how they charge, and possible complications for the project, referrals for contractors and an estimate for the duration of the project.