If you're planning a major remodel of your home, start by finding an architect who can help turn your ideas into reality. Everyone has their own style, so choose an architectural service that has a similar style to the one you want for your completed home.
You can ask to see completed projects to get a feel for the type of work the service does and whether they would be a good match for you. Your initial meeting is more about seeing if the architect is a good match for you and if they can see your vision and know how to implement it. Here are some tips for working with an architectural service.
Provide As Much Detail As Possible
An architect can offer ideas and alternatives so you can fit your goals into your budget. To do that, provide them with as many details as you can about how you want your finished home to look and function. Even tiny details are important. The more information you give, the more your home will reflect what you want. Otherwise, you may get the architect's vision for your home rather than your own.
Be prepared for your initial meetings with your own drawings, pictures from the internet, magazine clippings, and written details about features that are important to you. The architectural service can then explain all the steps needed to accomplish what you want. They can also guide you so you stay within budget. This could mean making compromises and giving up some things you want so you can keep features that are the most important.
Be Prepared For A Long Process
An architectural service draws up plans for the work you want done. This includes a floor plan as well as plans for electrical work and plumbing. All of the plans need to be approved by your city's code office. You'll also need to apply for a permit. The city may ask for clarification, and they may want changes before the plans are approved. If your city moves slowly, the process of getting your plans approved could take months, and that's not something the architect can control.
Get Help With Interior Design Too
Besides building plans, your architect can help with interior design. They may not get so involved that they pick out decor, but they can help you choose room layouts, colors, features, and lighting so your remodeling plan comes together.
An architect can be as involved with your remodel as you like, all the way to completion, as they oversee the process of remodeling your home. You could also just use them to create blueprints for other contractors to follow that you hire on your own.
Contact an architect near you to learn more.