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Hiring an Architect = Hiring a Guide

An architect provides expert advice and guidance on the design and construction of a home. Architects works closely with homeowners to understand their needs, preferences, and budget, and then uses this information to develop a design that meets these goals.

What is an Architect

An architect is a licensed professional who has undergone rigorous education and training to design and oversee the construction of buildings. They have a deep understanding of engineering, materials, and construction techniques to ensure that the building not only looks good but is also functional.

Architect Versus Designer

The main difference between an architect and a designer is the scope of their work and their level of education and professional licensing. Architects typically work on larger and more complex projects and are responsible for ensuring that the design meets all applicable building codes, zoning regulations, and other legal requirements. A lot of people think architects just design the “shells” or exteriors of buildings; however, your architect is also your interior designer, planning holistically for the beauty and function of the building. A designer, on the other hand, focuses on the aesthetic and functional aspects of a project, and are often responsible for selecting materials, colors, textures, and other elements that will enhance the visual appeal and usability of a space or product.

Architect = Your Advocate

An architect is typically considered to be a client's advocate because their primary role is to represent the client's interests and ensure that their design vision is realized. Architects have a professional obligation to act in their clients' best interests, and they are bound by codes of ethics and professional conduct.

Trust and Honesty

Having trust in your architect is important because it allows you to have a productive and collaborative relationship with them. When you trust your architect, you are more likely to be open and honest with them about your needs, preferences, expectations, and budget, which in turn enables them to better understand what you are looking for and to provide you with more accurate and effective advice.

Architects are trained to think creatively and critically, and they are often the best equipped to evaluate different design options and identify potential problems with a design. This is important because architects are trained professionals who have a deep understanding of design and construction principles, as well as experience working with contractors, building codes, and other aspects of the building process. By following your architect's recommendations, you can be confident that your home will be well-designed, functional, and safe.

Hiring Koontz Architecture

When hiring Koontz Architecture, you get access to a team who is creative, savvy, and well-versed in all things home. We pride our services on yielding the following results:

  1. Improved Design Quality: We understand construction and engineering principles and are well-equipped to create a design that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also feasible.

  2. Better Communication with Contractors and Engineers: Our direct communication with contractors and engineers helps avoid misunderstandings and miscommunication during the design and construction process.

  3. Compliance with Building Codes and Regulations: We have an understanding of building codes and regulations, which are essential for ensuring that your building is safe, accessible, and compliant with local, state, and federal regulations.

  4. Cost Savings and Improved Timelines: We consult with you along the way, to assist in informed decisions about materials and systems that can save you money while still achieving your design goals. We can also identify potential problems early on and help you avoid costly change orders during construction.


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