Why Work With An Architect When Remodeling Your Home

May 23, 2012No comments

If you are adding on space or reconfiguring space in your home, it’s a good idea to consult with an architect. Look for an architect that designs the same style of home as what you are building.

Here are few tips for finding that special consultant:

1) Research architects’ websites or Facebook pages for photography of their projects. If you need contemporary style and they build arts and crafts, there might be a better match out there. Find an architect with experience designing for the style you need.

2) Check architecture associations such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in your area for help finding a qualified architect.

3) Meet with the architect to see if you have a good rapport. You’ll be working a lot with this person and it’s best if you are comfortable working with each other. One of my favorite meetings with an architect was with Charles Stinson. He was a jolly old soul and reminded me of a favorite winter holiday’s spokesperson.

4) “Architects think in functional boxes,” Dan Nepp, TEA2 Architects, told me one day visiting a small 1915 home. We were redesigning a kitchen and adding a bath to the main floor. He helped me see space in a whole new way.

5) You can tell when a good architect has been there. Tour a custom designed home by a known architect and then tour a mass produced home. There’s a big difference, and the home’s value will reflect that difference.

For a tour of a recently finished addition on a 1913 Arts and Crafts Home, see a recent article and photos from the Star Tribune Newspaper.

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