Jennifer-Lee Gunson talks to Nick Waissbluth an architect from the Vancouver WA Office about what does an architect do? An architect is actually very important when it comes to building your custom home. The Architect has to be able to work with the rest of your team which includes, the builder, and the interior designer. All together they have to make the most distinct holistic project for you from the inside to outside of your house. A lot of clients like to treat the interior designer, the builder and architect as three individual trades or consultants. Meaning they will have each one appear at different stages of the project. By doing this a lot of missed communication can happen. Which can lead to a lot of problems during a project. So it’s actually important to have all these team members at once. As well as each team member has their own speciality. For example the architect specialises more on the exterior and the system’s inside the walls. Usually these things are quite hidden in the structural component of a house. That is why you need an architect to uncover those surprises. The interior designer’s job is a bit different, they may look at the really minute fine details. This can include cabinetry and finishes. Then the builder actually takes all the ideas from the architect and the interior designer and tries to make sure you can build this new home in your budget.
What point do I get the architect involved?
The most ideal situation is to hire an architect as soon as you know you want to build a custom home. That could mean you are either tearing down an existing house or you are deciding to purchase a new plot of land to build a new home.
Why would you want to get the architect involved first?
Architects have a certain background where they can actually advise you before you go too far into a project. They let you know what you can and can not do on a plot of land. The most important thing to happen when you buy a plot of land or you decide to tear down your existing house is to do your homework before you start your project. If you don’t talk to the correct professionals, like an architect before you start building your home you can run into a lot of trouble.