Trust is the foundation of any relationship between an architect and a client. An architect can add a lot of value to your project; from maximizing space and energy efficiency to choosing sustainable materials and navigating approvals.
Additionally, as the owner’s representative, an architect oversees the construction of your project and ensures it’s getting built to specification and industry standards. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss 15 benefits of working with an architect through the duration of the project.
1. Spatial Planning
A skilled architect lays out space in the most efficient way possible. Based on your specifications, an architect ensures individual spaces are appropriately sized, adjacent to other specific spaces and suit the space’s functional needs.
An architect designs spaces suited to the specific activities taking place as well as the occupants. An architect also accounts for the changing needs of users as well as address the accessibility needs of people with disabilities. Additionally, an architect can create flexible spaces that can be adapted for multiple types of activities
Architects aren’t just creative, they’re problem solvers. Their creative input can transform your design from okay to phenomenal. Likewise, they can foresee potential obstacles or challenges in your project. With these insights, you can tackle these issues in the early stages.
4. Aesthetic Style
A project’s design aesthetic is the most obvious area where it benefits you to hire an architect. Providing a valuable contribution, an architect can help you achieve a visually appealing space that suits your style and unique tastes.
5. Code Compliance
An architect will have intimate knowledge of building, planning, zoning and other jurisdiction officials. Codes are complex documents and difficult for those outside the industry to navigate. A skilled architect ensures your project is up to code, abides by local requirements and can speed up the approvals process by months. Saving time and money, assisting you in filling out forms, design reviews and meeting with building officials on your behalf.
6. Materials and Finishes
Architects stay up-to-date on the latest construction methods and technologies so they can recommend materials that fit your budget while saving on costs. Not only does an architect help you choose materials and finishes that are aesthetically pleasing, but that also saves you from frequent maintenance or hefty replacements.
7. Building Assemblies
Having an architect who understands how your building assemblies meet current building code requirements is also important. New building systems are coming into the market more frequently with stricter energy-efficient requirements. These products are transforming how walls are constructed to maximize performance and minimize waste. A skilled architect takes advantage of these best practices and combines them with the needs of the project.
8. Cost Analysis
An architect can also review your budget against the programmatic needs of the project. In other words, they’ll work closely with contractors and estimators to ensure your budget is realistic. An architect is also beneficial for evaluating products and systems for value engineering.
9. Site Selection and Preservation
Once you choose a site, an architect can perform a site analysis. This allows them to examine and compare various sites to help you find the right one for your project. During this process, an architect reviews the site’s features, topography, vegetation, utility and vehicular access as well as scenic views to help find the best location.
Likewise, understanding the grading and soil conditions of the site helps determine the appropriate building elevations. This affects the amount of site work, type of foundations used as well as construction and utility hookup costs.
10. Energy Efficiency
A building designed for energy efficiency can reduce utility bills long-term. An architect designs a building that responds to the site using passive heating cooling strategies. They can also provide recommendations for more sustainable materials to accommodate solar orientation, wind patterns and other climatic elements. Additionally, an architect can suggest strategies for conserving energy, water and resources as a whole
11. Indoor Environment Quality
An architect designs spaces that enhance visitor experience, performance and health. More specifically, they look for ways to optimize light, air and sound quality. An architect considers light levels from both natural and artificial sources, developing lighting strategies to avoid glare and dim conditions. They may also suggest strategies for improving acoustics and minimizing transmission.
12. Project Management
As ideas evolve, it’s much easier to incorporate changes in the planning stages versus the construction phase. The same goes for discovering constraints like short construction schedules or a difficult site. Early detection allows architects to develop solutions on paper that might otherwise cost a lot of money if changed during construction.
13. Team Coordination
Building design is comprised of various structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and civil systems. Each impacts an area differently in terms of physical space, cost and performance. An architect works with various consultants to select each system, review them against project goals and integrate into a cohesive building design.
14. Bidding & Negotiations
There are various procurement methods for designing and building your project. An architect can help you understand the unique benefits and drawbacks of each so that you may determine which method best for your project. Because architects prepare and distribute a single set of construction documents to each prospective contractor, all price quotes are based on the same information and expectations.
15. Construction Administration
Aside from administering the contract on the owner’s behalf, an architect can also review the contractor’s applications for payments and confirm with each installment that they’re performing the documented work.
Another benefit of hiring an architect is that they also serve an advisory role during construction. They’ll attend site meetings and review construction progress to ensure the project is being built to specification. While it’s impossible to predict all unforeseen conditions in a project, an architect can review change orders from contractors as they arise to ensure the scope, cost and method of construction for the proposed changes are acceptable.
Relationships are everything when it comes to hiring architects, builders and other team members for your project. The basis of a successful project is trust and communication. For more information on the benefits of hiring an architect or to schedule a feasibility study for your project, reach out to our team today at (866) 226-8071.
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