Whether a person is dreaming of a new home or planning a commercial development, the key to ensuring that his vision becomes reality is TO INVOLVE AN ARCHITECT EARLY. Architects provide important pre-design services including site evaluation, and can help you explore options you may not have considered. Involving an architect early in the process can help avoid costly missteps, and increase the likelihood of your satisfaction with the project. An Architect enriches any project in the following ways:
GIVES FORM TO THE CLIENT’S VISION: An Architect involves the Client (the person building a House) in the creative process. He gets into the Client’s psyche to read what he wants and he takes the Client’s vision and gives it form, explores its possibilities, raises it to new levels and then integrates it intelligently into the building site, to produce an attractive project that reflects the Client’s aspirations.
FUNCTIONAL AND AESTHETIC DESIGN: An Architect is concerned with the aesthetic aspect and uses his creativity, his knowledge, his experience and his awareness of the environment, efficiently and effectively to create spaces and buildings that are functional, visually appealing, comfortable, healthy and a pleasure to be in.
ADAPTABILITY IN DESIGN: An Architect ensures the long term use of the buildings he designs, by integrating adaptability into his designs, so that they evolve with new ways of living or working.
BUILDING CODES & BYE-LAWS: Architects are familiar with local building codes and by laws and ensure that the project will comply with all the building regulations and neighborhood building zoning laws. He can also help the Client in getting the necessary Statutory approval and the Completion or Occupation Certificate from the Statutory bodies.
TRUSTED ADVISOR TO THE CLIENT: An Architect works collaboratively with the Client and serves him as a trusted advisor. He is knowledgeable about the good cost efficient products available on the market. He advises the Client on the best Building Materials and Products to use, on the appointment of the right Contractor, and the best form of Contract.
MANAGES BUDGET AND TIME SCHEDULE: An Architect is sensitive to the Client’s budget and time schedule. He manages the project, people and issues, ensuring that the deadlines are met and the costs are controlled.
HARMONY WITH ENVIRONMENT: Houses designed by Architects will be sensitive to its surrounding environment and will use all natural elements, topography or views to the best use of the site within the specific client requirements.
CO-ORDINATING WITH OTHERS: Though an Architect cannot claim to have the detailed knowledge of specialist building disciplines essential throughout all stages of a project, he knows when to consult other professionals for their specialist expertise. A major part of the Architect’s role is co-ordinating and integrating the contribution of other building professionals (engineers, quantity surveyors, building contractors etc) into the building process.
INSPECTS QUALITY OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORK: An Architect inspects and evaluates the building construction works, and ensures that the quality of construction is of a high standard. He makes sure that the Contractor corrects any defects in the work.
VERIFIES CONTRACTOR’S BILLS: An Architect verifies and certifies the Contractors Bills for payment, based on the actual progress of work at Site, thus ensuring that the Contractor doesn’t get paid more than for the work he has done, or for defective work.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT: An Architect can be entrusted to manage the project from selection of the site to the completion of the building, while the Client focuses on his core operations, thus saving him valuable time and providing him with complete peace of mind.
So tap the knowledge, efficiency, environmental awareness and brilliant design that Architects bring to any project. The sooner you bring an Architect on board, the more fully your vision can be realized – even exceeding your expectations. But choosing your Architect should be done with care as your relationship will be a lengthy one involving big sums of money. If the architect is not right, there can be differences and tensions and the final product can be very different from what you imagined. Here are some tips on choosing the right Architect:
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