“In the big picture, architecture is the art and science of making sure that our cities and buildings fit with the way we want to live our lives.” – Bjarke Ingels
So, you’ve finally decided to build your dream home or office. Now you are probably asking yourself, “what’s the next step?” Constructing your dream home or new office isn’t just about putting up a building. It’s also about design and functionality. Studies show that on the average, people spend 80% of their lives indoors. While some of that time involves you being at work, a majority of your time and memories made will be inside your home. That’s why it is important that your home or office is designed for you and your lifestyle and your needs.
What is an Architect?
An architect is an experienced professional, trained and registered to design, plan & manage the construction of your home and the people responsible for your building. They collaborate with you to create beautiful and functional buildings. From concept to reality, the architect’s role is to make sure your dream home or building meets your brief, is built with design and functionality in mind and according to current standards.
Why Hire an Architect?
Hiring an architect for your construction project can completely change your experience. Here are some points to consider:
1. A House Designed and Built for YOU
Architects design according to your preferences and your lifestyle, otherwise known as the brief. Their designs reflect your personality, desires, structural requirements, and construction best practices. By hiring an architect, you can be rest assured that your dream home or office is designed and built according to your needs.
2. Coordinating Your Project & Make Your Life Easier
There are many aspects to the design process that can overwhelm people. There are numerous steps with consultants that need to be addressed such as; planners, engineers, certifiers, trades and councils. An Architect coordinates and organises the whole process so that your experience is not only smooth but also integrated. Starting a construction project – be it your dream home or office – can be very stressful and daunting. It’s a long process and you have a busy life. Hiring an architect to do the design work and coordination for you will save you time and make your life easier. You can rest assured that the entire process will go smoothly and if something comes up unexpectedly, your dream home is in the hands of an expert!
3. Beautiful and Better Overall Design
Have you ever seen a house that just wowed you? Chances are, that house was designed by an architect. Architects are creative individuals. Not only that, they also know how to adapt your home’s design to it’s environment.
4. Get Creative Solutions for Your Problems
Maybe you don’t know how to make your budget fit for that terrace or what to do with that extra space at the back. Whatever your problems are, an architect can find the right material or solution without sacrificing an incredible design.
5. Good Designs are Valuable
Well-designed houses hold far greater value. So, hiring an architect to do all the planning and work for you can be a profitable investment should you decide to sell your home in the future.
6. Architects Know the Right Materials and Finishes (and Where to Get Them)
Architects don’t only have the training and experience, they also have connections. And they have the knowledge and access to a wide range of materials. This advantage enables them to propose materials that work well together based on the functionality of your room, budget, and needs.
7. You’ll Get an Energy Efficient Building
Isn’t it awesome to have a house that doesn’t only look good, but is also energy efficient? Architects know how to optimise the amount of heat and natural light that goes into your house to cut down on electricity costs.
“A profound design process eventually makes the patron, the architect, and every occasional visitor in the building a slightly better human being.” – Juhani Pallasmaa
Constructing a new house is challenging, and architects are best equipped to deal with the nitty-gritty aspects of design and construction. A new house will most likely affect your family for a long time which makes it a serious investment! So, don’t DIY. Hire an architect who knows his trade and has your best interests at heart.