Do you need a residential architect?
If you are considering renovation or building a new home in Sydney, there are generally three options:
These three options provide services to different segments of the residential building market.
Their offers are different in terms of cost, design, quality, involvement of the client/owner and the method of project delivery.
The differences are significant and relate to project budget, the quality and complexity of design, approvals, construction, the client/owner’s involvement and the control of the project.
At the start of a project, you should consider what you need and what you are hoping for, and make sure you are on the right track.
What do you need?
pre designed and off-the-shelf: project home, fixed design, fixed price, fixed process
custom designed with some pre-designed choices for selection, fixed delivery process: design and construct, most often for specific situations like upper floor additions
individually tailored solutions and service : an architect, a building designer or draftsperson
The following resources are ways to find out more, particular to the northern beaches and north shore of Sydney:
If you are seeking an individually tailored solution and service, how do you decide if you need an architect?
Consider the following questions for discussion with your family, to prepare yourself at the outset to make the right choice:
If you home and site are of significant value to your home and your family, if it is the most important financial asset, and its renovation/rebuild is going to be the largest financial commitment you have undertaken other than its original purchase, then getting sound professional guidance is prudent.
Residential architects are trained and qualified to provide a range of specialist design, advice and management services throughout all stages of pre design, design, approvals, documentation, tendering, building contracts and services during construction.
If you think the value and significance of your project warrants the best advice possible, then continue to read MWa’s client advice article, to find out more about architects, the ins and out of the process, how to prepare and how to find the right architect to suit you.
2 Your Brief: Wish List and Shopping List: Decide what you need and want, before finding the right architect
3 Your Architect – A Good Match: How to find the right architect