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Sometimes, a homeowner’s vision for their bath or kitchen requires a heavy amount of structural prep work before the general contractor begins his or her portion of the work. If you’re moving or adding plumbing lines, electrical fixtures, or heating systems, you should consider hiring an architect.
A professional architect addresses structural room changes and prepares the room according to your needs and structural requirements. If your dream bathroom requires you to move the bathtub to the other side of the room, or you need to knock down walls to create additional space, an architect can transform your wishes into reality.
Not sure how you should go about hiring an architect? Below are some common questions to consider before going through the architect selection process:
If you are looking to dramatically alter the appearance of your bath or kitchen or create a room addition, an architect can help you save time and money with their expertise. If your project involves altering the shape or size of your room or making structural changes to plumbing, electrical, or heating systems, your architect will assess the house’s structure and draw up construction plans that address your needs and meet city codes.
Many homeowners can find a bath & kitchen architect through word-of-mouth. Start by asking your trusted friends and family members for recommendations. Another great resource for bath & kitchen architects is the American Institute of Architects website. You can peruse their helpful directory of professional architects for quality, licensed architects.
You should look for an architect who is confident, whose style matches your ideal outcome, and is technically competent. When perusing the architect’s portfolio, ask for examples of a project they completed one year ago, one they completed six months ago, and a project that’s currently in progress. You should also ask for a list of past clients for whom they have completed projects that are similar to yours.
It is recommended to interview several different architects before choosing the architect who’s going to renovate your bath or kitchen. Evaluate the pros and cons between each architect. It’s important not to sacrifice quality for a cheaper price—you should select the architect whose work style and design style best matches your own.
During your interview, you’ll want to rank the architect on several different facts: are they a good problem solver? Are they good at listening to your concerns and addressing them politely and confidently? Are they good at keeping budgets on track? Are they creative thinkers?
Before setting up your interview, make sure to ask about interview fees. Some architects charge for an interview; others do not.
Some questions you could ask that would help you assess the above qualities include:
Architects estimate the fees for their services in various ways. They will also charge differently based on how engaged they will need to be for your project. You may only need basic design and permit arrangement services, or you may prefer individual fixture and fitting specifications and project management services. It’s important to clarify exactly what services the architect will provide for you in writing on the bid. Architects mainly charge clients in three different ways:
Percentage fees: This is how most architects charge for their services—they are paid a percentage of the overall cost of the project.
Fixed fees: If you are certain about what you want and make it very clear, the architect may be able to provide a fixed fee for your project.
Hourly rates: This payment method helps ensure that you’re only paying for the amount of work being done. Make sure to keep track of your architect’s records.
Hiring an architect can help you transform your dream bathroom or kitchen into reality. On the hunt for an architect? Visit a Crawford Supply Group website for Illinois, Michigan, or Pennsylvania and visit “Locate a Trade Professional” under the Homeowners section.