10 things you need to know before hiring an architect
What does an architect do, and are they worth the money? Here are 10 things to know.
Building or renovating a home is a bit like trying to complete a jigsaw puzzle. There are often many moving parts and it can be difficult to finish a project if you don’t have an idea of the bigger picture.
This is where architects come in. Toby Ewert, director of architectural practice Ewert Leaf, says the role of an architect, and the value they bring to a project, goes beyond simply providing design ideas and drawings – they can act as the conduit between you and the myriad other trades, contractors and consultants involved along the way, saving you time, stress and more than a few headaches.
“An architect is there to provide a service as well as the expertise to oversee the entire design or construction process from start to finish,” he says. “Basically, we’re problem solvers. It’s our job to make things easier for the client by wading through the different layers of the building or renovating process – from coming up with a design that meets the brief to dealing with engineers, building contractors, council planners and consultants. We’re able to manage and administer building contracts, provide design creativity and also deliverability, so it’s an end-to-end process.”