Let’s be real here. No one likes to add costs to an already expensive proposition. And home building and remodeling can certainly get expensive.
But a closer look at an all-to-often overlooked professional service should shed some light on the subject and make the 2 – 5% extra expenditure worth it for you. Architects and residential designers add more than just preparing plans.
A LocalBuilding Authority Requirement?
In many real estate markets, the local building department will require the use of a locally licensed architect, residential designer, or at least a structural engineer. So, before you buy any house plans or design your own, be sure to check this out. I’ve run across a lot of instances where people have spent money or time preparing plans just to find out they are useless.
There are some good reasons why your building authority would have this requirement. Perhaps you are in a hurricane or other wind-load area. Seismic considerations are big in some areas. Using locally trained and licensed architects makes it easier for the building authority to monitor and achieve compliance.
Five Personal Benefits of Having Plans Professionally Prepared
Whether building from scratch or adding on to your home, there are some valuable benefits I’d like you to be aware of before you forge ahead. A good home designer can save you money, time, and headaches.
Consider the following advantages:
1) Aids in Planning & Preparations.
Working closely with your architect requires that many decisions are made early in the preparation stages. Design and structural issues are not left to the contractors or left to interpretation later on. This is very liberating for you! It avoids unwanted issues during construction.
2) Complies With Building Codes.
Many home owner builders dread the thought of complying with code requirements. Using these professionals will minimize or eliminate the fear of long delays in trying to get your plans approved. You can focus on more important things … like what you want!
3) Identifies Materials Choices Early.
Hundreds of materials choices can be involved when building a home. Putting off these choices till later can be confusing as well as budget busters. The architect, when working closely with you, can help you make these choices early and put your mind at ease.
4) Provides Unique Customization.
Do you want your home to be unique? Of course. Experienced home designers can provide this uniqueness while complying with codes and the requirements of Home Owners Associations. And they are also especially useful in helping you match any new additions to your existing home in your remodel.
5) Allows for Use of HomeBuilding Coach.
A surprising benefit of using an architect is the fact that many people may not need a General Contractor. Architects can often act as your home building coach especially if they have trade contractor connections. Whether you use your architect as your coach or another building professional, the fact remains that a good architect will help you prepare far better than you otherwise could without one.
Saving Money & Reducing Stress
Ultimately, the biggest benefit could be that using an architect could end up being a money saver rather than an extra expense. Avoiding delays during construction, solving problems before they arise, and reducing stress all add up to compelling reasons to seek out a good home designer for your project.