How To Get The Most From Working With An Architect
- Develop a program
This is an accounting numbers based listing that lists each space and describes the utilities required, views, adjacencies and other elements of the space. Architect takes this program and develops a floor plan that achieves the goals set in the program. This is the process that allows you to tap the 6 years plus education Architects go through to become a professional registered architect. Many times this results economical building. Think about the time of day you will be in the space and what relationship of connection you want with the outside or another space.
- Collect a library of images from books or Houzz or Pinterest or other on line sources. Concentrate on vignettes or views with the character of light, materials and geometrical elements like space and axiality and relationship of space. Think about how you want to feel in the space.
- Come fully to grips with your budget. A good rule of thumb is that contraction costs $80 -$200 per square foot and average residential construction is about $100/sf. Architectural fees are typically 4-7% of construction cost. Depending on complexity, there may be engineering costs for systems beyond what jurisdictions accept from an architect. Examples of this are: Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning HVAC, Civil, Structural, Landscape Engineering. Interior Designers are important talent to have on your team. They have unique market knowledge and design talent to help you create the look you want for less. They also have access to pricing that will get you top quality furnishings at fair prices. I have a group of design and engineering talent that I bring to all my projects if there is a need for quality pro services and contracting.
So much depends on the finishes, systems, furnishings, appliances and other materials you incorporate into the design. Making wise choices is much easier with trained professionals working to get you the most value for your dollar.
Your home is one of the biggest investments most people will make in their entire life. Isn’t it worth it to work with a trained architect? Contact Kyle Jensen today to start planning your next project.