We usually require some expert help to design our new house or large renovation. Architects can fulfil many functions, but importantly they can interpret your requirements and vision into construction plans and drawings. These plans and drawings are usually a requirement for construction permits. The drawings indicate how the house should be constructed.
What you should consider when choosing a designer
You should consider the following when selecting a designer:
It's important to select a designer that's right for you, one that you can work with, one that understands what you are looking for, someone that understands the local codes and conditions, and one that won't break your budget. Importantly you need to understand what you are paying for - you don't want to pay additional and unexpected costs which you haven't allowed for. You don't want unpleasant extra costs for items you thought were included.
Not every designer will be able to interpret the home of your dreams. Selecting the wrong designer could be expensive and result in your home not meeting your expectations.
For more valuable tips and advice read: 'An Introduction to Building and Renovating Houses - Volume 1 Hiring Contractors, Managing Construction and Finishing Your Home' and 'Volume 2 Finding Your Ideal Property and Designing Your Dream Home'
This is an extract from: 'An Introduction to Building and Renovating Houses Volume 2' by Paul Netscher. Available in paper or eBook from Amazon.com, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon AU and all online bookstores. To read more
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I’m a construction professional, author of several successful construction management books, and a home owner. I’ve made mistakes in construction management, I’ve seen others make mistakes, but importantly I’ve had multiple successful construction projects and I’ve learned from the mistakes. I want to share these lessons and my knowledge with you.
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