Don't be a nightmare client: How to work better with an architectIt’s every person’s dream to build their own home, and it’s every architect’s dream to design the house.  But what happens when the homeowner and the architect don’t agree on everything?  For starters, this will cause the construction project to be an absolute nightmare.  Secondly, it can lead to the homeowner ending up with a home that he’s not satisfied with.  Fortunately though, there are six tips you can follow to make sure you aren’t a nightmare the next time you’re working with an architect.

1) Always Review the Drafts

When you hire an architect to handle the blueprint process of building a new home, you should always look at the sketches and drafts that he creates.  If you notice something about the drafts that you don’t like, you’ll need to speak up and let him know that it needs to be changed.  And even if you tell your architect a million times how you want the layout of the house, you need to look at the draft to make sure he gets it right.  Just keep in mind that drafts are exceptionally simple to change, but once you start the construction process, this is when it becomes costly to make alterations.

2) Turn to Your Architect for Advice

If you’re having a horrible time deciding where you want the stairs to lead to the basement, you should turn to the help of your architect.  Designing layouts of homes is what your architect specializes in, so make sure to his expertise as much as possible.  You’ll find that you are able to make wiser and more cost-efficient choices when following your architect’s advice.  And this even applies to home decorating, such as painting the walls.  Your architect can be a huge help.

3) Don’t Change Your Mind a Lot

Changing your mind about something small probably isn’t that big of a deal, like switching the placement of an interior door.  Changing the slope of your roof, however, will take quite a bit of changing if the construction process has already started.  This is why you need to make sure from the get-go that you are satisfied with the final draft that your architect creates.  If there’s something about the final draft that you want changed, make sure to have it changed before construction begins.  Your architect will be greatly appreciative.

4) Sign a Contract

If your architect doesn’t make you sign a contract, this is a good sign that he’s not a professional.  To keep things as least stressful as possible, everyone needs to understand the purpose that they are serving in the home-building process, which means you and your architect should have a contract drawn up to establish the relationship between the two of you.

5) Understand that Architects Can’t Read Minds

Wouldn’t it be cool if your architect could read your mind and see the exact type of home that you’re envisioning?  Sure it would, but it’s simply not possible.  This is why you should attend several meetings with your architect before the final draft is developed.  And if possible, keep a week or two in between these meetings and look over each draft several times before suggesting any changes.

6) Don’t Blame the Architect

Just because a doorway didn’t get put in the spot that it was supposed to doesn’t mean that your architect is to blame.  This is why you must thoroughly review the final draft before it’s handed over to the general contractor.  This way, if a door ends up out of place, you know who to put the blame on, and it’s not going to be the architect.

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