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How to Hire An Architect for your Home Remodel

If your current space does not serve your needs, you may be considering a home remodel. Do you really need to hire an architect? There is a way to find the best architect for your particular project needs. A well-qualified, professional residential architect is a key player for a seamless home remodeling project.

What are the Qualifications for an Architect?

A professional architect creates a custom plan and design for your home remodel. They work closely with you and your team to help you realize the best possible design for your space, based on your vision and needs for the project.

Architects require extensive education, training, and certification. Not only do architects have a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in architecture, but they are often required to complete internships and on the job training before they can even start their practice as a licensed architect.

Licensed architects are regulated by the National Council of Architectural Regulation Boards (NCARB). California has its own requirements for architects, contractors, and other construction professionals.  Look here for a list of the best bay area architects. 

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What Services Does a Residential Architect Provide?

Before you hire an architect, be familiar with their role and their services within the scope of your intended project.

An Architect’s Role

An architect is involved in the entire design process from planning to the completion of the project. The scope of an architect’s role includes:

  • Client communication.
  • Developing architectural plans.
  • Consulting with engineers, contractors, project managers, and the rest of the project team.
  • Overseeing the construction phase of the project.
  • Coordinating with the engineer to ensure plan and design compliance with zoning laws, building codes, fire codes, accessibility mandates, and other regulations and rules. 
  • Keeping the project within the planned budget and timeline.

Why Hire an Architect?

A residential architect is an ideal partner for any homeowner who undertakes a home renovation, remodel or addition project. An architect will create a design and plan that will help your vision for your home translate into a usable, attractive, design-conscious space.

What is an Architect’s Role in a Home Remodel Compared to Other Professionals?

Hiring a licensed, quality architect is an investment in your home project. It is important to understand the role of the architect in your remodel, as opposed to the roles of other professionals, such as an engineer, interior designer, general contractor, project manager, designer, and builder. Note that there is some overlap between professionals. Examine the roles in order to decide which professional is best suited for each job.

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Often, a residential architect and an interior designer will have overlapping roles, and may even be the same person! The residential architect may take on design and plan development, and the interior designer may also aid with the overall design flow of the interior space. Either way, they will work closely together to create an aesthetically pleasing, well appointed space. 

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What a Residential Architect is NOT

  • They are not artist divas! Their goal is to help their client realize their needs.
  • They are not engineers. Structural matters should be left up to other professionals.
  • They are not in charge of all communication matters. 

Communication between the architect and the contractor should be outsourced to a project manager instead of you having to be the catalyst of communication. Drafting Cafe Architects provides the entire range of home remodeling professionals, from architects to project managers to interior designers to complete your home renovation project seamlessly from start to finish. Contact us today to make your dream project a reality!


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