An architect can help in a variety of ways beyond brainstorming ideas and drawing up blueprints. With many years of experience & education behind them, architects are able to assist with the building process from start to finish. Here are four ways that architects can help you create the structure of your dreams.

Building Design

Architects specialize in designing buildings as well as modifying existing structures. They will ask what purpose the structure will serve, why you’d like to build or renovate it, and in the case of renovation, what needs to be improved. They may also ask to see examples of buildings similar to what you have in mind. Using this information, they will get to work coming up with ideas that will eventually become the final plan.

Site Analysis

Resilient architects review plots of land to see how natural features could affect building designs, and how construction could affect the environment. Terrain, slopes, existing dwellings, sinkholes, ledges, and soil features are taken into consideration during site analysis, as well as local flora & fauna, and building orientation. They then use this information to decide where the best place is to build. This allows them to design buildings resilient to natural disasters that also give back to nature and utilize natural resources.

Finding The Best Materials

Architects can suggest specific types of materials or exact products to use for construction, custom-tailored to meet project and client goals. Everything from the material used to build the structure to the type of landscaping can have an impact on comfort, efficiency, and resiliency. Resilient architects are able to utilize their expertise to find the best materials that will stand the test of time while also providing a lower impact on the environment. 

Handling Documents

Architects create documents that contractors use to build. Focusing on not only the overall design but also the smallest details, they draw out how everything connects to everything else. Builders are able to follow the plans practically step-by-step to help create the client’s dream structure. They are also able to help negotiate with contractors and oversee construction. They can review bids to see if the construction company’s charges are reasonable, check on the construction site to confirm everything is going according to schedule, check invoices to ensure they match the actual work performed, and communicate with the contractors to make sure everyone is on the same page. 

As we’ve discussed before, there are many different types of architecture and every architect has their own area of expertise. Not every architect will have the skill set necessary to do everything 100% of the time. That’s why it’s important to find an architect that cares about the same things you do. Contact FiELD9: architecture today for a free consultation to see how we can help your dreams become reality.