If you are considering having your home constructed from the ground up with your needs and style met then the most important tool in your home planning arsenal will be the architect you choose to design the look, shape, and feel of your new home. Each of us have different ideas as to what exhibits home beauty and exquisite design. You may want a home with a grand appearance accented by tall pillars and expansive windows; or perhaps your dream home is a bit more rustic with traditional brick and wood accents. What ever your dream home may look like in your mind, you’ll surely want to find an architect that can see and create your dream. Keep in mind that some architects do specialize in certain designs and methods of designs. One architect may only work specifically on homes that will have a Victorian design while another may design ultra modern efficient homes.
To start your search, you may consider consulting fellow friends and colleagues who have had their homes built recently or may know someone who has had a great experience with an architect. Networking is one of the best ways to begin your architect search. When you do find a few promising architects you’ll want to review their portfolio and previous works. Architecture is an art and any good artist will gladly show you some of his great works. Any who is hesitant to show you their work or seems to have more then one or two disgruntled clients may not be the architect for you.
In meeting with prospective architects pay attention to how they listen and respond to you. This is your vision and your home, a good architect will help turn your vision into reality, not tell you how it should look. In other words an architect that is busy telling you what he thinks should be built is not one who is acutely aware of your thoughts and design wishes.
A good architect will work closely with you and use his expert advice and knowledge to inform you which design features are a reality and which features work well with others. In other words, they will take your dream home visions and professionally make them a reality so that the end product resembles your dream as closely as physically possible.
Also their rapport with local construction, electrical, plumbing, and landscaping crews is important to consider as well. A professional architect will work well with the crews that will piece together the artwork that is your home, if they have a degrading attitude or little patience most crews will not respect the architect and may even rush the job to simply be done with it. Of course your search isn’t complete without insuring your architect is properly educated, licensed, insured, and trained. Also even though this individual will be creating your dream home, it is still a good idea to shop around a bit to see if other similarly competent architects are available at a better fee.
Overall though your biggest consideration when choosing an architect will be choosing one that encompasses the best of all the above characteristics while still being a good value and a respected member of the architecture community.