What Should I Know When Working With An Architect?
Are you about to hire an architect for your project? Do you want to make sure that your hard-earned money does not go down the drain? Undoubtedly, getting someone to remodel or design your home is nerve-racking. For some people, a house is a once-in-a-lifetime investment. If that goes wrong, it can be catastrophic, and the worst part is you can’t do anything about it (apart from spending more money)
Architects are professionally trained and highly skilled. They are responsible for turning your dreams into reality. Each project is different and requires to be tackled differently. Today, we are going to give you some tips to help to work with an architect become easier for you.
Familiarize Yourself with the Architect Work Mode
You can go online and get the best architect for your project and still it might not end up well. Why? Well, the reason can be a difference of opinion or that your particular project requires different expertise. So, the first thing to do is look at the work mode of architects you have shortlisted.
You should be clear in understanding what method and manner they use to work. If you are happy with it, go ahead and hire them. If not, you can still talk and discuss it with them and ask the architect whether he can do your project according to your demands. The idea is to be clear and discuss beforehand.
Keep Yourself Updated
You might not be an architect or engineer yourself, but it is your money. The trick to working with architects is to let them know you are interested and keen to be updated. Keep asking questions about how the project is going. Don’t understand what is going on? Ask! Don’t feel embarrassed. It is the job of the architect to answer your questions.
The First Meeting
You have no idea how important the first meeting can be for a smooth work experience. In this meeting, it will be decided whether the project and the architect are a good match or not. There are a couple of red flags that you should be aware of:
- The architect does not listen to you properly.
- He/she does not let you finish talking and keeps on interrupting.
- The architect just keeps on talking and is not interested in what you are saying.
- The architect does not talk about his past clients or past projects.
If you see any of these signs in the first meeting, you should not go ahead. Chances are the architect is not professional and will not listen to your requirements and tend to them.
Communication is the Key
You are going to be working with your architect for a while. Think of it as any other relationship you have. To have a smooth and healthy relationship, communication is the key. The client has to be clear about their demands, requirements, needs and wants. For the architect, they need to be clear in telling what can be achieved and what can’t be done.
Be Clear About Your Budget
Never lie about your budget. This is a golden rule that you need to remember when dealing with an architect. They are going to find out about your budget sooner or later, sooner is better. Otherwise, your project can suffer.
Don’t Be Rigid
All the architects I have talked to so far (trust me there were many) have said that hardly any project goes as planned by the client. At times, the project is nothing like the client required. This is due to the many formalities involved in the process. If the client is rigid and does not listen to the feedback and ideas of the architect, the project can suffer.
The most important thing that you need to keep in mind is to enjoy and involve yourself in the process. Your dream is coming true, have fun!