13 Aug 2010

What can an architect do?

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Depending on who you ask, the answer will vary from “nothing” to “put the moon in the sky and tell the stars to shine”, but most people ask that question because they want to know what service an architect provides.

Architects provide service to meet the client’s need so my question to you is:

What service do you need? (Click here to read more)

Do you need full design?

  • do you need someone to develop different ideas and help select the best one?
  • do you need somone to pull ideas together and suggest materials/products?
  • do you need documents that show how to build your project?

If so you need The Sketch, Details and Docs service!

Do you need to know how much to budget?

  • do you need a general idea or suggestions for staying in budget?
  • do you need a budget or itemized price breakdown?
  • do you need prices for several alternatives?

If so you need The Consultant service!

Do you need help selecting a builder?

  • do you need someone to screen builders and help you pick the best one?
  • do you need someone to ask for bids from several builders?
  • do you need someone to help you find installers?

If so, you need The Advisor service!

Do you need someone to monitor the project?

  • do you need someone to communicate your ideas to the builder?
  • do you need someone to make sure your project is built right?
  • do you need someone to examine the construction?

If so, you need The Agent service!

Do you need someone to evaluate projects and pick the best one?

  • do you need someone to decide the best project for your home, budget and needs?

If so, you need The Test service!

Do you need someone to guide you through your design and construction project?

  • do you need someone to improve your design?
  • do you need diagrams or sketches to help you understand how to assemble it?

If so, you need The Coach service!

An architect offers a wide-range of services and I want to be as involved as you’ll allow and are willing to pay for. Think deeply about what you need to make you comfortable and ensure a quality project, then hire your architect to help!

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About the Author


Your Architect is Eric Faulkner -- an architect licensed in Texas & Oklahoma with 27 years experience in design, construction observation and life.