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How to Find a Good Architect


Picking the right architect is a key aspect of any building project.Being absolutely sure you have the right professional to design your extension or loft conversion is basic. Your architect must know and understand all building rules and regulations that cover your area. Otherwise, you could throwing money down the drain; in spite of a beautiful design, you can’t risk violating the law. Learn more aboutĀ Architecture San Mateo CA, go here.

So how can you find a great choice for an architect?

Do some homework.

Contact the component of the American Institute of Architects in your area. Several local AIA components keep lists of AIA-member companies specializing in different kinds of architectural work. Some components’ member portfolios are available for review by prospective clients. Majority of firms, even the small ones, have websites where they feature some of their work. Find out for further details onĀ Residential Design San Mateo CA right here.

Verify credentials.

Though U.S. architects are not required to part of the AIA, there’s good reason to know which ones in your area are. Membership in the AIA indicates that the architect follows the stringent AIA Code of Ethics, meets the AIA’s rigorous continuing education requirements, can use a range of professional and technical resources, and is devoted to the highest standards of practice and service.

Use the pointers below as your guide:

> Ask local builders and tradesmen if they know a good architect they may have worked with in the past.

> Have two or three prospective architects on your list, and invite them to come visit you – initially for free – for a discussion on your project.

> Make sure they are experienced, especially in the type of project work you’re planning to undertake. Ask what their approval rates are for submissions.

> Talk to building control surveyors in your area. In writing, let the architects acknowledge that they have complete knowledge of planning permission and building regulations (or standards) in your area.

> Tell the architect how much you’re planning to spend for the project, including all the things that this budget covers.

> Know what services will be supplied by the architect.

> Will they handle obtaining planning and building regulation approval? If there are changes to the design, are you required to secure approval and to pay additional fees?

> Be sure to hire an architect who has professional indemnity insurance.

> Ensure that your chosen architect fully understands every single detail of your project.

> Sign a written contract with your architect, agreeing to all the payment terms and conditions indicated in return for the professional services to be rendered.

You probably won’t find a great architect overnight, but you will if you are diligent and patient.