30 Oct 2009

Architects like builders

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Architects genuinely like builders!

Contrary to what you read in many publications or overhear at trade shows, architects and builders like and appreciate one another. The builder-bashing and architect-lynching will wage on eternally because these “partners” lack effective communication – like many relationships. The problem is builders are rarely included in design and architects are rarely included in construction leaving both to guess the other’s thoughts instead of communicating expectations or intent. It’s as simple as the architect asking the builder “how much does it cost” and “can you build it like this” or the builder asking “why did you do it this way”. Instead, the common response is “what was the nimrod thinking?” Whenever you have an opportunity, hire your builder during design and retain your architect during construction to unite the best idea with the economical build.

About the Author

Your Architect is Eric Faulkner -- an architect licensed in Texas & Oklahoma with 29 years experience in design, construction observation and life.