Many homeowners make the mistake of going straight to a builder when adding a room onto their house. While hiring a builder is an important part of your room addition process, it should never occur before a consultation with an architect. An experienced architect will formulate plans that will help you get the most out of your room addition. They’ll take every consideration into account and save you time, money, and frustration. Here are three reasons why you need an architect when adding onto your house:
1. Your addition will complement your house
You want your new room to fit like a puzzle piece with the rest of your house. One of the great things about hiring an architect is they’re able to be creative when planning your room addition. At your initial consultation, you’ll be able to share your ideas, goals, and desires. Your architect will know exactly what to do to help you. The following types of models can be used:
- A custom design. A design that the architect creates specifically for you. Every detail is focused towards meeting your goals and giving you the perfect new room.
- A stock design. Stock designs are extremely useful because they’re proven to work. Your architect will be able to show you a variety of stock designs. An experienced architect will be able to show you before-and-after stock-design photos of room additions to homes that are similar to yours.
Once you make your decision, sample plans and blueprints will be created. Everything you want will be included in the plans and blueprints so you won’t be surprised when your room addition is completed. You also won’t have to worry about someone saying something can’t be done because you’ll have assurance from your architect that what you want is possible.
2. You’ll receive help and advice
No one knows the home-building industry better than an architect. Your architect will be able to give you contractor and structural-engineer recommendations. They’ll also be able to give you invaluable help and advice during your room-addition process. The following are some of the ways how your architect will help:
- Stop in and check to see how work is progressing
- Answer any questions your contractor or structural engineer has
- Work with you if you want to make changes
This type of team approach ensures everything lines up properly and is completed on time. It also gives you peace of mind and eliminates frustration.
3. You’ll save money in numerous ways
An architect provides the leadership necessary to carry out a room addition in a timely, reasonable, and professional manner. Plans and blueprints are created so contractors know exactly what to do. Time and money are never wasted. Additionally, your architect will incorporate things that will increase the resale value of your home into your room addition. Your new room will increase your home’s market value and will be very attractive to potential buyers. In this regard, an architect knows how to get the very most out of a room addition.
An initial consultation with an architect gets your room-addition process started in the right direction. You’ll be able to share your ideas and goals and will be given a plan that will help you meet them. Leadership will be provided to help you and your contractor. Your finished room addition will add to the look and feel of your house and you’ll save money in numerous ways. Your decision to meet with an architect will undoubtedly be the best you make in your room-addition process.