So, before you break ground, raise the roof, or add a bump-out extension on that exciting remodeling project you’ve been dreaming about for the past several months, here are six reasons why your first step should be to schedule a meeting with an architect.
2. Drawings are also useful for anyone who buys your house. Ultimately, having a perfect record of the home’s spaces and its structure helps to identify nuances like how the utilities overlap and interact with each other, whether there’s a vertical chase to run electrical, or whether a wall you hope to remove is load bearing. The next owner of the home will appreciate having a record of what exists and of what changes are possible.
3. Hiring an architect begins a relationship and regular interaction with someone who understands how houses “work.” For example, once you hire an architect, there may be opportunities for energy efficiency improvements that you didn’t know were available.
5. Whether you’re remodeling an existing room, adding an extension, or building something entirely from scratch, you’re going to benefit from drawings. It’s easy for the average person disconnected from the building industry to forget that a contractor needs directions beyond “I’d like a room this size,” or “Paint the walls this color,” or “I’ll need a water line for this appliance.” Anyone tasked with such a job will benefit from drawings and diagrams that inform them before they begin about what is possible, what isn’t, or what additional steps must be completed to make the job viable.
6. Having architectural drawings ensures that everyone is working from a single set of parameters. The electrician, the plumber, and the interior designer are collaborating; they’re not working from flawed memory and are not as susceptible to miscommunication when something in the plan changes. Each contractor is working with the same charts and the same instructions. An additional benefit of this arrangement means each specialist can also provide you with a more accurate price and schedule for completion because there’s a vivid representation of the project’s scope.
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