Should You Go To An Architect First for Your Remodeling Project?

Posted by Helene McQuaide on 21st April 2016

Remodeling projects can feel daunting, especially if you're tackling more than one room or making changes on a large scale. If you're a new to remodeling, it might be tempting to search for an architect before you start – but the truth is, you probably don't need one.

What Architects Do

Hiring an architect might make sense in certain situations, but if you are interested in remodeling your current home or building a new one, first consider a design-build remodeler such as us.

Here are some reasons hiring an architect might not be the right choice for you:

  • You can't afford the extra charges. When hiring an architect, expect the cost of your remodeling to go up 5 to 20 percent (many architects charge a percentage of the project cost).
  • Your project can be easily handled by a design-build remodeling contractor.
  • You would rather deal with a firm that handles everything from planning to architectural design to actually remodeling the property.

Working Without an Architect

Here's the thing about working with an architect: they are only there for the first step of the project. That means they'll help design the changes and remodeling, but you then have to search for a contractor and maybe also a designer to make those projects become a reality.

If you want speed, efficiency, and simplicity this might not be the best route, as there's at least a chance the architect and the contractor will disagree and have to discuss potential changes and issues before the project can even start.

A design-build firm like ourselves, on the other hand, is a one-stop shop; the design and construction services are offered by the same company. This minimizes wasted time because you only need one contract and all your needs and requests are handled through the same place. In addition, the design and construction phases often overlap when you work with a design-build firm. This means contractors, developers and designers can and often will work together in a single project to address all angles of the redesign.

Other advantages of working with a design-build firm such as Master Remodelers:

  • Because you have a team who works together on the project from the beginning, you will have access to best-value solutions.
  • There’s less chance for conflict, because every member of the team is working together and is in constant communication.
  • There's less risk to the homeowner as decisions are made among all parties involved to minimize errors.
  • The design-build firm will most likely assume all responsibility for any omissions, issues or errors connected to the design and rebuilding. In contrast, if you're working with an architect and a contractor/designer separately, there are no guarantees that miscommunication issues will not result in costly mistakes.

In the end, we recommend coming to us first before you spend thousands of dollars on architectural plans that may or may not be feasible for a remodeler to use. We will walk you through the entire process, and you will have the peace of mind knowing that every step of your remodel is being handled by our highly experienced, award-winning team.