Building a custom home can be stressful. These are some tips on how to choose an architect for a custom home build.
How to choose an architect for a custom home
Building your fully custom home will be a long process and you want to make sure the architect you choose is someone you can trust. The architect you choose should be in alignment with your design goals, budget, and timeline. Fratantoni Design has designed custom homes all over the country. We know the importance of maintaining a good relationship with our clients to bring their vision to reality. These are some tips to make sure you can confidently choose the right architect.
Know your style
All architects specialize in designing different styles of homes. It is good to make sure you know the style of home you want to build so you can reference the architect’s portfolio. A part of your architect’s job is to be able to envision and execute your design goals.
Find out your budget
Figuring out the budget for a custom home can be tricky because there is a lot of details in the cost that cannot always be determined beforehand. When you are talking to architects it is good to know how they charge their clients for the time spent on their plans. Some architects will charge by the hour and others by the square footage.
It will help before you reach out to architects to know what services you will need. Since we are a full-service firm the clients, we usually work with will come to us for the construction plans, interior design, and landscaping. Hiring a full-service design-build firm is helpful because you get to work with architects, designers, and builders who have experience working together. Usually making the process of building a new home run more seamlessly.
Have a meeting
You will be spending a lot of time and money with your architect, so you want to make sure they are a good fit. Set up a meeting to discuss your design, budget, and timelines goals. It’s almost like choosing a business partner you want to make sure you two will work well together during the long process.