Everyone one of us has a sense in our mind that represents home, be it a memory, an idea or an aspiration. Embarking on a residential project whether it is a small renovation or a new construction should be a journey towards uncovering and developing that sense, and the result should be timeless. Engaging the services of an architect can turn what may seem like a daunting undertaking, involving seemingly endless technical and design choices, into a joyful one by guiding you through the process while helping you discover what really matters to you in a home.
Your home is the intersection of the financial and the personal. A successful residential project balances these considerations and hopefully goes beyond to achieve something greater than the sum of its parts. We all know what if feels like to enter a space that fills you up, and inspires you. The way the light lives in a room. A sense of proportion and space. It goes beyond creating a single wow moment or having one element that says luxury. It is about creating a function and a flow of space that makes your home live, breathe and grow with your family. The truest function of an architect is to study all of the considerations from the mundane to the intangible, guiding you through the choices that get the most out of your budget, site and structure while reaching for that greater sense of home.
For many people, their residential project may be the only time they ever deal with a contractor. The reality is, an excellent contractor is not necessarily the best person to walk you through the design process. The architect is trained to mediate the space between finding the solutions to your desires for your home and executing that vision. With knowledge of construction, cost, sustainable technology, municipal and zoning considerations and the latest materials and products available an architect will walk you through the process and help ensure that you achieve your vision for your home.
One of the key tools an architect utilizes to uncover your vision are visual programs to create plans and three dimensional models that can help you see the impact of the different choices available to you. Being able to sit with multiple floor plan options or travel through a three dimensional model are invaluable tools in helping you work through your options and feel confident about your choices. It also helps you understand the issues and ramifications on construction that will arise and helps to avoid unanticipated problems.
An architect is equally as thorough in helping you choose materials, providing multiple physical samples for you to touch, mix and match while educating you on the properties of each. Assembling these samples together can give you a strong sense of the way the materials will come together to create the sensibility you desire whether it be warmth, sleekness, rusticity or modernity.
Many feel that this level of service and attention is out of their reach but we have found over and over that bringing on an architect reduces or maintains overall cost through upfront planning and organization, allowing you to create greater resale value while making the process a joyful rather than trepidatious one.