What Do Architects Do?
Architects are educated and trained to help you determine what you want to build, present options you might never have considered, and help you get the most for your investment. They don't just draw plans for your building. They create total environments, both interior and exterior, that function the way you want and are exciting places in which to work and live.
Whether you're about to expand or adapt an existing structure to a new use, or construct an entirely new building, your project represents a major investment that will affect your productivity and efficiency for years to come. Experienced decision-makers know that the way to maximize such an investment begins with consulting an architect.
Architects are trained to solve problems creatively and within your budget. They know how to reduce building costs, decrease energy needs and increase future resale value through good design. They look beyond your immediate requirements to design flexible, efficient buildings that will adapt to your changing needs.
Building can be a long, messy and disruptive process, particularly if you're using the space while it's under construction. Architects look out for your interests and coordinate the process. They help you choose appropriate qualified contractors, and visit the worksite to help resolve construction questions and difficulties.
Architects provide a professional service, not a product. You can't go see it and test it out. The right architect will be the one who can provide the technical expertise and creative skills to help you realize a project that meets your practical needs and budget as well as provide an exciting environment.