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Horror Stories: Skipping the Architect in the Design Process

Ask anyone you know who has ever gone through a remodel or major redesign and they will probably have a horror story.

A pipe was hit and flooded the living room. A mistake with the electrical wiring and the power was out for days. No hot water for weeks, a missing light or light switch, a complete design oversight that led to weeks or months of delays. Recessed lights were installed in the wrong place, cabinet measurements were off, shower hardware was hung too low.

The list could go on and on but we don’t want any of that for you. We want the best design, remodel, or renovation experience for you. That’s why it’s imperative you start your endeavor with an architect. For large additions, whole house renovations, new kitchens or any project, bringing an architect on board is imperative to ensure your design takes every detail into account.

Architects blend the beautiful with the functional by ensuring that the aesthetics meld together with the structural requirements of the home. Other professionals may be well-versed and knowledgeable, but architects see the big picture, the small picture and the unseen picture that underlies all the design aspects.

Architects are trained in the art and science of building design including design theory, engineering and project management. They thrive in creating novel solutions to complex design problems.

One of the greatest assets in an architect is their role as project manager. They’ll keep an eye on all the work being done, manage issues when they arise and act as your ally with the contractors and subcontractors. This is the highest level of service you can have in any home project.

Finally, hiring an architect is the solution for anyone who doesn’t want to have to deal with the day-to-day headaches of a construction project, who wants a deeper expertise than a designer can provide or doesn’t want to go through a renovation with just a contractor. Only an architect has the full education and accreditation to make sure every base is covered in a major remodel. 

As always, we are here to answer any architecture or design questions you may have. Consider us a friend and ally in design and don’t hesitate to contact us.