Expert Tips on Choosing a Residential Architect
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Here’s an expert advice from David Hallett, a residential architect, on working with an architect who will design or renovate your home.
Relevant experience, passion and time. A residential architect's knowledge of local look and feel can be an advantage.
Do not just look at the floor plan, but at how the rooms will be furnished. Think about how you'll use the extra space. For example, do you need to accommodate a large-scale feature? A compact space that functions well may be more useful than a large space that does not.
Add value, not cost. Stay focused on the reason that you're renovating. A professional architect can help you renovate for the market you're selling to and prevent you from being swayed by your own preferences.
Base your budget on building costs, not borrowing capacity. Do not assume you can get everything you want for the money you have available now, but plan your dream home anyway and build it in stages if necessary. Do not design for the maximum you can afford, as often you will come across hidden extras.
Yes, twice. It was fun at the start, painful in the middle and great at the end. Spend time developing a really good design, do not over-commit and don't be in too much of a hurry — it takes time to do something well.
A Bachelor of Architecture degree and registration with the state registration board, which requires a minimum of two years post-graduate work experience and an exam pass. Archicentre architects are also members of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and have special Archicentre training.
Get in touch with an architect near you today to help you design or renovate your home.