When thinking about your next building project, you probably have a contractor, an engineer, and consultants in mind to get it done. But what about an architect? Many people see an architect as the individual who just draws the design of your project, but there’s so much more to an architect than that. Architects have a unique set of skills that make them essential your next project.
The value of an architect
1) Problem solving skills
Plans for your project may have been set months in advance but, as with many projects, unforeseen problems can arise. Architects are trained to solve these problems in creative ways without sacrificing design. Additionally, architects take preventative measures to be sure there are no issues with design. By preparing highly detailed and accurate drawings, design errors are reduced. This ensures your budget and schedule stay on track.
2) Safeguarding your health
A large part of an architect’s job is to draw, but the design they create is more than just markings on paper. Their designs take into consideration the risk of leaks, off-gassing, and other issues that could cause serious health problems. Safety is the number one priority for an architect, which is why they are required to swear their commitment to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public prior to getting licensed.
3) Save you money in the long-run
People who skip an architect to save on the upfront cost often end up paying for it in the long-term. Architects add tremendous value into construction because they improve the functionality and efficiency of their projects. This “smarter” design helps you reduce construction costs, lower utility costs, and maintain resale value.
4) Expert knowledge on materials
Whether you’re building at the beach or on top of a snowy mountain, your architect can adapt and suggest materials that work for your needs and can withstand the worst. They know the best materials for every budget as well as what parts of construction are definitely worth the money.
5) Protecting the environment
Did you know that buildings are responsible for 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions? Architects take climate change and the environment seriously, which is why they have made a commitment to minimize their carbon footprint by striving to make projects carbon-neutral. Only they have the expertise to find the greenest, most effective way to design new construction.
For your next project, working with an architect can make all the difference. From designing thoroughly to stay on schedule and on budget, to making the tough decisions, an architect will be as passionate about your project as you are. To learn about how architects improve local communities every day, check out this blog.
Image credit: Hotel Henry, Richardson Olmsted Complex, Buffalo NY, Architect: Deborah Berke Partners