How to Make the Best Use of Your Architect - Paul Ennis

How to Make the Best Use of Your Architect


An architect can be a huge benefit to your house building plans, but many people never fully utilize the skills that their architect has. Keep in mind that it’s not just about house design.

Your architect has studied for years to perfect their skills, not only in coming up with the most comfortable designs for a home, but also to learn exactly which materials will work best in each style, the loads the various types of materials and beams can handle, and much more. In fact, if you have questions about electricity, plumbing, or anything else related to building a home, your architect probably has the answers.

Ask for Advice

When you’re having your house plans drawn up, be sure to ask for the architect’s advice on how to lay things out. Often, they’ll have a better idea of how to take your idea and make it happen. They’re also able to give you a few different options so you can see what you like best.

Get It in 3D

If you can’t picture the house from looking at plans, you’re not alone. Most people can’t visualize a house completely when they look at the 2D options. That’s fine, since most architects are able to set it up on a program that lets you walk through. If your architect hasn’t done this, ask if it’s a possibility. It can give you a better idea of just how things look when you are inside the home.

Leave the Details Up to Them

There are a lot of details that go into home designs and while you probably have preferences for some of these, the majority of people aren’t too picky about things like how their window latches look. If there is anything that you just don’t really care about, make sure you let the architect know they can do what they think is best in these cases and you’ll let them know if there are any changes.

Let Your Opinion Be Known

In the end, this is your house and you need to be happy with it. Should you see anything you dislike or that you want differently, remember that you can speak up. Your architect is happy to change the things you need changed and will make sure you’re happy with your design before finalizing it. Before you sign off on the design, be sure to look closely and check out everything so you can let them know if you don’t like something.

If you’re in need of architectural services, Paul Ennis can help. Contact us today to find out more.