For Your Home Improvement Project, Architects Are Worth the Additional Cost
By Chuck R Stewart
Most homeowners at one time or another will find the need to undertake a major face-lift to their homes. These remodeling projects do not just involve a simple repainting job or retiling the tub. The project involves a whole lot more with the objective of adding value to their property. Such remodeling projects may require the conversion of your home into a 2-story home with the construction of a master bedroom upstairs and a family bedroom on the ground floor. You may even consider an addition with an expanded kitchen that also entails the construction of a wraparound deck giving your home a whole new 'chic' look. Such major home remodeling projects would require the expertise of Seattle architects.
The initial reaction of most homeowners about the prospect of hiring a Seattle residential architect would be to find the justifications for such additional cost for the said major project. An expert residential architect would be needed for the formulation of comprehensive plans and designs that will reflect your family's needs, wants and desires.
The thought of hiring a professional may make you cringe because of the additional cost that the decision will lead to and because of the present economic down turn we may have second thoughts of getting these services for your home remodeling project. You should remember that in getting the services of a competent and professional residential architect, you are assured that the ground work has been laid for a reliable road map for an effective home remodeling project. The service that architects provide is worth all the money you'll spend in hiring them as it is the right first in your home improvement project. In some instances, with the scale and complexity of the remodeling job, an architect becomes an essential part of the initial stages before the project can even take off the ground.
A professional and expert architect has the knowledge, skill and training in coming up with a comprehensive home remodeling design that will reflect your preferences and desires. This is very critical as it is practically a road map that establishes how you can move from point A to point B in your home remodeling project. As you are trying to realize the envisioned improvements in your home, it is his responsibility to put those visions into a comprehensive plan with the needed refinements and adjustments based on the residential architect's professional judgment. He or she can also help in obtaining any permits or variances that may be needed to get the job done.
While you may only have the vision of what you desire, a professional will have to convert this vision into a detailed plan with the requisite fine prints and details that are needed in order to implement the home remodeling that you want. In effect, the residential architect helps you take the initial steps toward the completion of your home improvement project through preliminary drawings done during the initial consultation. If you choose an architect with care, he should be able to work closely with your general contractor and be at the site almost as much.
Chuck R. Stewart recently remodeled his vacation home using an architect who is a specialized in Seattle residential architect. He really enjoys spending time in his home designed with the help of several Seattle architects.