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Working with an architect for your home

Be inspired to use an architect, whether for a small home renovation, building your new home or simply for advice and guidance.

Working with an architect gives you the best chance of achieving your vision. Finding an architect that suits you and your project is the key to success – from building a new home to developing a commercial space.

An architect can help you improve the appearance, functionality and sustainability of your built environment; improve the efficiency of your lifestyle or business and deliver time and cost efficiencies.

What an architect can do for your project

An architect can help you realise your ambitions and guide you through the design and construction process. Architects provide a service that extends well beyond producing a set of drawings – they can handle the paperwork, bring value for money, imagination and peace of mind to your project, and keep it on track and on budget.

Value for money

Architects are professional problem-solvers and lateral thinkers. Their experience and insight can help stretch what can be achieved within your budget and add value to your project. They can suggest new ways of utilising space and light, enrich the palette of materials and finishes and fittings, find an appropriate builder at the right price, and propose design solutions that will reduce your overall running costs while maximising the energy efficiency of your home. At a fraction of the cost of your project, an architect’s fees will prove a sound investment.

Imagination

An architect can lift your project out of the ordinary and help you achieve your aspirations and vision. They are trained designers who will explore your needs and desires, and find inventive and practical ways of enhancing your living environment.

Peace of mind

When you hire an architect, you have a professional on your side who knows the construction industry inside out. You are working with someone who has undertaken seven years of architectural training – no other building professional is trained in design and construction to such a high level of expertise.

What an architect can do for you

An architect will provide you with much more than just drawings, they have the experience to see your project successfully through to completion. They can oversee the design, assist with the approvals process, manage the build and keep track of your budget.

Concept design

Consulting an architect at the pre-design stage will allow them to get a real feel for your needs so that together a clear brief can be established with a realistic budget. This will help reduce the overall design costs and help ensure the project comes in on time and on budget while identifying and reducing any potential problems early on.

Design development

Your architect will work closely with you to develop the concept in order to maximise your investment, ensure your project is cost effective and help add real value to your home.

Town planning & development application

Your architect can help with the town planning and development application approvals (where required) before your project can go ahead, including preparation of applications to the local council. Your architect can guide you through these matters as they develop the design. They will also be able to assist you in making the necessary submission for approvals and handle negotiations with the statutory bodies.

Construction documentation

The drawings and specifications will be prepared by your architect, and they will oversee the documentation by other specialist consultants. They will also lead you through matters in regards to the building permit.

Contractor selection

You will be guided through the contractor selection by your architect who will help you select suitable builders, obtain competitive prices for construction, negotiate with the preferred tenderer (if required) and prepare the contract documents.

Contract administration

Your architect will liaise with the builder to assess quality of work at key stages and ensure that contract and specifications are complied with. They will keep you informed of progress, approve variations, certify progress payments, identify defects and administer their rectification, oversee the construction through to successful completion.

Your house will have a long life and be a very significant investment. Whether the project is for new buildings, refurbishment or adaptation, an architect is fundamental to the project’s success. Careful selection and early appointment is rewarded by creating value, providing leadership and coordination, and bringing peace of mind. An architect is your professional expert in the field of design and construction of your house.

Find an Architect is an online directory of Australian architecture firms devised by the Australian Institute of Architects. You can browse architecture firm profiles that contain images and descriptions of projects, contact details and links to websites. Search for architects by practice name, location, postcode and building type.

Simply visit www.findanarchitect.com.au

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