Going into an architectural project, as a consumer, is an exciting yet somewhat nerve wracking experience. You have a vision in mind for this building or renovation, but you personally don’t have any way of making that vision come into reality. This is why hiring an actual architect for this sort of project is vital to the success of your architectural project. If this is your first time working with an architect, you may be unsure of how to go about this new relationship you are entering into.
Spare no details
You can’t expect your architect to read your mind, so make sure that you relay all of your ideas and desires with your architect in the very beginning. This will not only help you avoid confusion, but it will help both parties avoid a great amount of frustration, as well. This is crucial to the success of your project.
Be open about your budget
No one really likes to talk about money. We get it. However, if you avoid the topic of your budget, you may be setting yourself up for a disaster. Be candid and honest about what your budget is. Your architect won’t think that you’re stingy or extravagant. This simply helps them plan the project out. They will use your budget when deciding materials, man power, and timeline, among other things.
Be flexible, but trust your architect
Remember when we said you should share your vision in great detail with your architect? You also need to trust their opinion. They know more about structure and potential technical issues than you do, and they may make suggestions to improve upon the ideas you’ve presented. Be willing to be somewhat flexible, and know which aspects of your project you’re unwilling to waver on. Overall, trust your architect!
Ask lots of questions
You can never ask too many questions, and the communication that you have between your architect is so important to make sure that you are both comfortable and happy throughout the entire process. At the end of the day, you are the one who has to live with the finished project, not the architect. So ask away, and make sure that you are comfortable with everything the entire time.