Should I hire an architect?

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Are you thinking of remodeling, adding on or building from scratch? An architect might be the partner you need to see your project through.

Even if you are working within a tight budget, ask yourself if it is important to you to save your personal time, potential costs and even safety.

An architect’s training covers many areas, ranging from landscape design to structural engineering. They may create the design, do the drafting, select the materials, and supervise the entire work process. Ideally, your architect will visit your building site and observe the direction of the sun, note the prevailing breezes, sketch the existing vegetation, and anticipate the best views. For renovation projects, an architect not only knows what will structurally work but will also appreciate symmetry and proportion.

The following 10 reasons to hire an architect are from Houzz Magazine – follow this link for details:

1.     You want to add value to your home - Architect-designed homes and remodels are more appealing to buyers and can fetch a higher sale price when you decide to sell. 

2.     You have a tricky problem to solve - Whether you want to camouflage an unsightly feature, increase accessibility or work around a steep slope, a trained architect can come up with creative, elegant solutions.

3.     You are buying an existing home – They can walk you through the opportunities and challenges that a potential building site or existing structure presents so you can make an informed decision.

4.     You want someone else to handle the (endless) details of a big project - manage the project, will be responsible for not only the design, but also for negotiating with contractors, hiring a structural engineer if needed and getting building permits.

5.     You want an exceptional design - Architects are passionate about good design and will also be able to offer you a far wider range of options when it comes to materials and finishes.

6.     You want to maximize energy efficiency – from choosing the right appliances and installing solar panels, whether you’re remodeling or building from scratch, an architect can bring it to the next level.

7.     You want to honor your home’s roots - Whether you’re looking to expand your home’s footprint or completely rebuild, an architect can help ensure that the new structure marries seamlessly with the old.

8.     You want to build smaller and smarter - If you’re an urban dweller who wants to make the most of your compact city home or have your heart set on a perfectly designed tiny house, an architect could be just what the (design) doctor ordered.

9.     You want extra protection from Mother Nature – Whether it be wildfires, hurricanes, floods or mudslides are a danger, having a home designed to take on Mother Nature can offer some peace of mind.

10.  You want to play it safe – It’s always a good idea to have a professional set of eyes ensure your work is reviewed and by someone who can determine if all the contractors and subcontractors have seamlessly come together to make your family home a safe one.

For more articles about buying, selling and living in Marin County, I invite you to visit my blog site. Tracy Curtis, Coldwell Banker Realty, 415-910 0599.