The benefit of building custom homes is that you have the potential to get just what you want. Your architect will no doubt have his or her own ideas about the design, but anyone you hire to put the plan in motion should be open to incorporating your ideas, too. Here are some factors to ask about when you are choosing the person who will take the lead on designing and building your home.
Most architects have a particular style in which they specialize. Some may prefer to build craftsman homes, and others have a knack for Victorian features. While your personal preferences and your architects predominant design style doesn’t have to match exactly, it’s best to find someone who can come up with a design you’ll both love.
You should check out the custom homes previously designed by all the architects you are considering before you make your final choice. They should be able to show you a portfolio of their work and have references of former clients who are pleased with the results they achieved.
Each architect probably already has a contractor in mind for the job, so it’s important to check the contractors out, too. Specifically, you need to know the materials they plan to use to build your home. The materials don’t just affect the aesthetics of the finished structure; they can affect the durability and the cost as well.
Finally, experienced architects should be able to give you an estimated timeline for the project. While it’s important to keep in mind that factors such as weather can delay even the most meticulous planning, it is reasonable to expect that both the designer and the builder will work together to complete your home in the timely manner you discuss.
Architects who specialize in custom homes can help you make your dream house a reality. Knowing how to choose the right one can make the process go more smoothly.