5 Decisions You Shouldn’t Make Without Your Architect

Decisions You Shouldn’t Make Without Your Architect

Deciding to build your own home, or greatly alter your existing house, is not a decision that one makes lightly. It is therefore equally important that the decisions you make thereafter are just as well-thought-out. We all know that we need an architect to design the home we have always dreamed of having but we sometimes inadvertently make their jobs harder by excluding them from decisions we make as their clients. There are some decisions you should never make without consulting your architect, here are the top 5.

  1. Budget Changes

This point swings both ways regardless of whether you want to increase or decrease your budget, you shouldn’t make this decision without consulting your architect. Architects are used to working with budgets and they align their concepts and designs to work within the parameters of the budgets they are given. If you need to reduce costs or you’ve decided you can increase your spending, consult with your architect first so they can work the budget change into their design of the house portion of your house and land package in QLD.

  1. Drastic Layout Changes

Your architect will be making highly precise drawings and renders of your finished house. These drawings in turn are passed along to the draughtsmen and builders who will be building your home. The layout of your home is factored into its design accordingly so you can’t just add another room or take one out of the plans without first clearing this with your architect. Making small changes like adding an accent wall is fine but you must be careful when it comes to making the bigger changes on your own.

  1. Material Changes

The building materials used to build your home are not based solely on their associated costs; different materials can serve different purposes like adding to the insulation of your new home. This is why you should never make any drastic changes to the building materials without first running through it with your architect. By allowing them the time to weigh in on your material choices, you could end up saving a lot of time and money.

  1. Timeline Changes

Once you and your architect have gone over your wants and needs for the design of your new house, they will give you an estimated timeline of how long you can expect to wait before your dream home will be ready for occupancy. It simply isn’t reasonable to make any changes to this timeline without consulting with them before making changes. If your timeline has to change, for whatever reason, you need to first let them know and they will tell you if that change is possible or not, it will depend entirely on what stage of the building process you are in.

  1. Occupancy Changes

When you first decide to build a new house, your architect will ask you if you plan on living in it, renting it out, or flipping it. They don’t ask this question because of curiosity, they ask it because they need to know. Many of their decisions when it comes to the design of your home will be based on your answer so you can’t change it without consulting them. For example, you may have 6 children and require more bedrooms than entertainment rooms – which is fine, if you’re going to live in the home but if you’re going to sell it then often 3 bedrooms will suffice and the other rooms can be converted into living rooms.

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