By William Fuller
It’s impossible to stress enough the importance of picking the best designers and architects. 99.9% of post build problems can be solved by choosing the right professional to work with before any work is done on the project. This is one of the most important steps of the entire building process. If you and your professionals are on different pages your project can end in a complete disaster, costing thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands in some cases. It can even cause headaches that last for months or years dealing with these kinds of issues. Contemporary Architectural Design has been called upon in many cases where cut rate contractors and builders have wreaked havoc on commercial and high end residential properties. We always recommend to use the best professional you can possibly find to bring your project from start to finish.
There are several ways to do this. First, it is important to make sure you are able to communicate effectively with your architect or designer. Many production problems result from lack of communication and miscommunications that can lead to delays, or even mistakes that can cause tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage. We have heard of situations where doorways meant to accommodate pocket doors, sliding doors, and pivot doors were installed, but the door frames were built in completely the wrong place. This is caused by miscommunications between property owners and professionals, so it is of the utmost importance that you hire a professional who will listen to your concerns and take them seriously.
Secondly, you must hire a professional who has a good reputation. It is easy to check references and find people who have hired architects, designers, millworks, or contractors. If they are worth their word, they will be able to provide you with examples of jobs they have done in the past. The work they have done in past is a great testimonial of work they can potentially do for you if you hire them.
Third, never go with the absolute first contractor you come across. There are so many professionals out there. Yet, in modern times, there are so many sheisty contractors who would try to convince you to part with your money. To minimize the chance of getting an unscrupulous contractor, you must talk to multiple contractors and evaluate each one, so you can pick the right one for your project.
Four, make sure you budget realistically for your project. Too many people want to get something for nothing now days. They want a big house with a dozen sliding doors, all for $200,000 or less, so they hire a professional who promises to provide all of their services for $10,000. That might seem like an economical price, but the price will not seem so economical when costs mount up day after day, a thousand here, a thousand there, five thousand here, ten thousand there. In the end, you’ll find out the total price will be higher even than if you had hired the most expensive architect or designer to head the job in the first place. So, so it pays to find professionals that can do the job right the first time.
These are the all time best strategies for dealing with new construction, remodels, and renovations. You will find that if you follow these steps, your ability to achieve better contemporary architectural design will be greatly enhanced.