Array
Building & Renovating

These Questions Can Help You Find the Right Architect

Find the best person who can help you achieve your dream home

Shares
Original Article: Dan Silvestre (as told to Amillah Rodil) Photography: Pexels (Main Photo)

If you want to achieve your dream home, it is highly crucial to find the right people to help you. An architect is one of the key people you need, because this can spell the difference between a terrible experience and the home of your dreams. Let these questions help you find the one:


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

1. What are the services you can provide?

Ask the architect what services he or she is able to deliver, and how much time he or she thinks the job will take. If you intend to meet with him or her often, you should express this, because there are instances when expectations occur in the clients and they think, “Once I hire the architect, he or she is at my beck and call. I can meet with him or her four to five times a week”—even if the house they are doing is not actually that big. There needs to be a balanced level of expectation, and the extent of the deliverables should be clear to both parties, not only in terms of drawings, but also how much time you expect from the architect. Ask him or her whether he or she is willing to give those services. If not, he or she should say so.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
CONTINUE READING BELOW
Recommended Videos

READ: How Do You Find The Right Architect For Your Dream Home?

2. How much will you charge for it?

In relation to the first question, the cost of the project must also be discussed. How much is the architect expecting to receive as payment for that amount of effort? There are common situations when the client would ask for the architect’s rates, then he or she would give a certain amount, to which the client would respond with, “Ang taas naman,” further adding, “If you’re going to charge me this fee, this is what I expect.” A possible offer from the architect can be: “I can do it for a lower fee, but don’t expect me to be there 24/7.” When it comes to negotiating with your architect, it’s give and take. If the project is a 100sqm house and you demand more time from the architect, then expect him or her to charge higher. From the beginning, it has to be clear what the extent of the work is.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW


3. How will you present your design?

An architect communicates using plans, drawings, and perspectives. If you feel that you do not understand the floor plans of the house, or if you are having a difficult time visualizing the space from looking at the plan, you should ask the architect: “Is there any way that you can show me how big these spaces are? Can you make a model?” Again, this is something that should be stated up front, because there are cost implications to all of those as well. Ask the architect if there are other ways for him or her to depict the space so that it is easier for you to understand and evaluate. You can try to ask for a 3D simulation of the plan, which is more exact but also more expensive, or for a small-scale cardboard model.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

4. What happens if I change my mind?

There has to be something agreed upon up front in relation to any possible changes during design and construction. You should be able to assess whether you’re the type of client who changes their mind often or not. If you expect to have a lot of changes, communicate that to the architect ahead of time and see how he or she reacts to it. There are some architects who might say, “I can work with you on the design, as long as we have a specific set of benchmarks and hold points where you make a decision. If modifications are made, this is how much I will you—that is the system that we will agree upon.” In terms of scope and contractual obligations, this matter is very important.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

RL Tip: Trust your architect

For some clients, consulting an architect is almost like consulting a doctor: When they don’t like what they hear, they rush to find a second or third opinion. That’s probably normal, but it would be best not to let that third opinion segue into many more—there is no time nor room for that. The best thing to do is to go back to your architect and find out what his or her response is to the other opinions. If he or she is a good architect, he or she will be able to calm your fears and allay your doubts. It’s important that the two of you work as a team, which involves remembering that differences can be worked out. However, if you really feel that you don’t have full confidence in your architect’s professional views, perhaps you should consider ending the engagement. After all, there’s not much room for second or third opinions when you’re already pouring the concrete.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

This article originally appeared as “Assessing Your Architect” in the November 2005 issue of Real Living Magazine.

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Read more stories about

Latest Stories

Pink Plants You Can Buy Online for Your Indoor Garden

Add a pop of color to your indoor garden!

Organizing Tips to Help You Declutter Your Home (and Your Mind)

These methods can help you get started!

Real Living Readers Share Their Home Improvement Projects During Quarantine

A bit of rearranging can make a big difference!

Quick Ways to Disinfect Your Plastic Chopping Board

FYI, it's one of the dirtiest items in your kitchen.

What You Need to Know About Your Meralco Bill

Customers complained that the amount on their May bill doubled or tripled compared to previous months.

This 78sqm Multi-bedroom Condo Offers an Elegant and Homey Filipino Vibe

Architect Angelo Siochi proves that statement pieces will always have a place even in small spaces.

After an Anay Infestation, This Family Went for a DIY Kitchen Makeover

Eunice Cleofas shares how she and her family refurbished their own kitchen in three weeks.

Keep Your House Smelling Fresh Using These Natural Room Scents

If you don't like overpowering fragrances, these subtle aromas will keep your home smelling fresh.

How to Keep Your Grease Trap Clean and Avoid Kitchen Odors

Your grease trap should be regularly maintained.

How to Plant Tomatoes at Home

There's nothing more satisfying than harvesting fruit from a plant you took care off!
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!