Why Use Us?
When it comes to renovating or building a new home, it is important that you have a technical drafter with you to guide you through the process. However, not many people are aware of the importance of having local architects with them while building or renovating a home. Learning about what they can offer you and the benefits you will receive with their help will help you understand why you should hire one.
While you can often get away with buying a basic blueprint, when you need to do renovations, commercial buildings or build that home you’ve always dreamed of, you absolutely need to hire an architectural firm.
The most important value in many trades of the construction industry is reliability. There’s not a huge difference in skill between a highly experienced bricklayer and someone only a few years out of an apprenticeship. While reliability is important in an architect, there is a huge difference between an ordinary architect and a highly skilled, experienced one. It is often the difference between getting a building or house that is “ok” and one that passers-by stop and say “wow”.
What Are Architects And What Do They Do?
An architect is highly trained when it comes to planning and the design and supervision of the construction process of buildings. If people want to be practicing architects, it means they will need offer services within the construction and design of a building. Their job can be quite stressful, and is a job that not just anyone can do. Professionally, their decisions can affect public safety, so they will need to undergo extensive training consisting of education and the process of earning a license to practice tropical architecture. Basically, the technical, academic, and practical requirements for becoming a licensed architect vary depending on where they may live.
Slightly different from landscape architects, a structural architect designs all types of buildings, skyscrapers, hospitals, hotels, churches, train stations, and even schools. Every building that you have seen in Cairns was constructed with the help of a well trained architectural designer. They will create a drawn design before constructing the building. These drawings are highly detailed and already have very precise measurements. The building is then constructed by a development company, and they will follow the plans and directions of their design.
Check out the video below to understand more about what architects do.
The Benefits Of Hiring An Architect
The first benefit of hiring a home designer is that they are especially trained to look beyond your immediate design requirements. This in turn allows them to create flexible tropical home designs which can easily adapt to the changing needs of your business or family. This will reassure you that you continue to enjoy the results of your project for years to come.
In addition, architects can solve problems creatively, allowing them to change any needed things as early as possible. They will take the time to understand your objectives and find solutions to reducing your expenses. Your office or house will both look fantastic and often cost less. With a few design changes, a skilled architect can reduce your heating bills in Winter and (more importantly) your cooling costs in Summer. Think how much of a difference it would make if you didn’t have to run the aircon continuously.
A well-designed building will reduce your overall bills, including electricity, heating, and water. This will also increase its long term value. Highly skilled, professional architects can plan and design a house that may achieve this, in turn allowing you to save money and maximize your investment. They will also make sure your building complies with all the cyclone building codes, keeping your home or office safe even when the next cyclone like Yasi or Larry hits.
By slightly changing the layout, a professional architect will be able to create more space for you during the wet season. Space that can double as a recreational area when the temperature goes past 40 and the humidity is through the roof. People will be glad to be at work on those days. Or if it’s a house you’re building, your friends will mysteriously “drop by” quite often and your house will be the perfect place to entertain, rather than a place people send their excuses if the weather isn’t great.
Finally, the main advantages to hiring one is the fact that you have the option of getting them to manage your project from the beginning. This will really save you lots of time and stress, as an architect will co-ordinate a great team of engineer, builders, landscape artists, interior designers, surveyors and other subcontractors to ensure the project will progress and be completed properly.
How To Choose The Right Firm
One of the most important decisions you’ll make for your building project is choosing which architect will design your building. If you get someone who doesn’t understand your vision or whom you have a hard time getting on with, and you’re a lot more likely to be disappointed with the process and the finished product. It’s like the old saying attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “If I had 4 hours to cut down a tree I’d spend the first 3 hours sharpening the axe”. In this analogy, the architect is the sharpening stone – choose the wrong one and you’ll wish you spent more time later.
The old fashioned way of finding an architect by simply asking friends or colleagues for referrals will be really useful here.
The new way to find them is online, as the internet has evolved to being very helpful when choosing one. You could read personal experiences of actual people online and even seek recommendations through the Internet. Overall, it is important to meet up with them before hiring them, because if you have no connection with them, your vision of your home or business may not turn out as planned.
Personality Is Key
When looking for trustworthy architects, reputation and quality must be their main qualities. However, ultimately it all boils down to getting one that has a compatible personality. No matter how well trained or experienced they may be, if they are difficult to be around, it will be tough working with them.
You want to find someone whom you feel listens to you. Someone you can trust with your dream. Take some time to picture how an architect seems to you. Are they “arty” or “professional”? Are they a wise listener or a brainstorming whirlwind? What matches your perceptions and are you prepared to change your perceptions if the perfect architect turns out to be different from how you imagined?
Check Their Experience
Check their credentials and past work, as knowing exactly what they are capable of doing will really be helpful. If they have had lots of complaints in the past, maybe they aren’t worth hiring. With the number of architects in Cairns, it is important that you choose one that is capable to give you exactly what you ask for. However, it is also important that they are capable of suggesting better ideas that you may like even more than your original ideas.
What Is Their Fee Structure?
No matter how great an architect may be, if they charge too much for their services they won’t be worth hiring. There are so many firms out there that want you to hire them, so it is important that you find the best design firm that is capable of offering both good service and decent rates. If you encounter an architect that charges too much, just move on to another one, as there are plenty more out there.
On the flip side, if you’re designing a dream home or a “statement building”, it may be worth spending a large portion of your budget getting the right person. In fact, some luxury apartment developers sign a “celebrity architect” knowing that the developers will be able to charge a premium for an “XYZ Designed” home.
Tips On Working With An Architect
You’ll have to walk a fine balance between knowing what you want and listening to the advice of the expert. If you absolutely know exactly what you want and all you need is someone to draw it up, make sure you let the firm know when you go for the first meeting. If that’s the case, there’s no point engaging anyone senior: a basic draftsman is all you need. If you get someone more experienced when you just want someone you can order around, that’s disrespectful to the expert and will only cause tension and ill will.
If you’re reading this far, I suspect you may be after some design help and advice. Where are you on the scale of knowing what you want? Are you pretty committed, but open to suggestions? Or do you need a lot more guidance? The more advice you need, the more of the architect’s time you’ll need to use. Some architects may give you a certain amount of consultation time included in the initial fee, but then you have to pay for any time they spend over that. Obviously the better you know what you want and the firmer your decisions, the easier it will be to work with the designers and the sooner your building will be constructed.
Mesh Your Ideas Together
When it comes to working with your chosen professional, it is important that you mesh your great ideas together. Just be aware that they are highly talented and creative when it comes to building new homes. Do not be close-minded when working with them, as they are well aware on what and what not to do. If the architect you hire has a great idea don’t shut them off, listen to what they have to say, as their idea may be for the greater good of your home or commercial property.
Know What You Want Exactly Before Giving Instructions
Figure out exactly what you want to achieve before telling anything to your architect, as they will listen to what have to say. Make sure that you know exactly what you want for your home or property to avoid any misunderstandings.
Write down a list of all the things you need in the building. If it’s a house, do you need 4 bedrooms? What size? Do you want an open plan or not? What features are especially important to you? Some people love to cook and so spend a lot of time in the kitchen, while others usually eat out so maybe only need a small fridge, microwave, oven, bench and sink. What’s more important to you – shelf space or floor space? All these things you need to make decisions on, preferably before you go to see the architect.
If you don’t know exactly what you need and want out of the building, you’ll waste a lot of time with the architect. Time that could be spent on making the building awesome. Don’t be that person. You know, the one that can’t make up their mind.
The planning phase should take up most of the time spent on creating a building. Before you start talking to architectural firms, get feedback from everyone who will be using the building. Find out exactly what you need from the building and how much leeway you have in the decisions.
Make appointments with several architects, pitch them your ideas, listen to their feedback, then make a decision on which firm you want to go with.
Once you’ve completed the paperwork to hire the architect, it’s time to get working with them. Always take their opinions into consideration, because they are the expert and have gone through the process with many people in your situation. You don’t always have to agree with them, but make sure you think long and hard about any of their recommendations.
When you’re ready to hire a firm, let us know.