One has often heard people saying that we shape the building and thereafter they shape us. Architects are the people who shape the building. They use time and space and make something thoughtful from it. But there are debates that often take place regarding if one should hire an Architect, Designer, or Contractor. Even though each one of them has something to contribute to the making of a building but when you have a stipulated budget and you are trying to save money in construction and remodeling, you may give a thought to just hire a contractor. As inexpensive as it may sound but a contractor can never promise you the same results. There are legitimate reasons as to why one should hire an architecture and not a contractor or a designer. This article will deal with those reasons. However, before moving further let us understand the profile of a contractor, designer or an architecture first in order to realize whom to hire.
ARCHITECT Vs CONTRACTOR Vs DESIGNER
The one thing that all the three share in common is that they would sit, talk and listen to your dreams and hopes for the remodeling project. They will give you a budget and draw plans regarding the same. However, an architect is licensed fully, they are legally correct as they have to have a degree in architecture that is given to them after they sit for an exam that proves their mastery of building technologies, structural safety, and regulations. While a designer can be licensed or not, they generally don’t need a degree, if a person has appealing design ideas a sense of color coordination, then one can be a designer. Whereas a contractor needs to be licensed or else they won’t be able to pull permits for your project. A contractor provides the carpenter, plumber, and other workers, and supervise the work. The contractor may have a designer or architect in-house that they can partner with, nonetheless, there is a catch in the cost.
An architect and designer will charge you $50 to $200 per hour or some percent project fee but a contractor doesn’t charge hourly basis, they tend to charge on a “cost plus” basis — that is, they take the amount they expect the project to cost to complete, then add a markup.
Then Whom Should You Hire?
A contractor’s design can range from a comprehensive design plan to back of an envelope design plan. Whereas an architect will always create designs/ drawings on a computer-aided software. They shall include all measurements like plumbing, electrical etc. They are taught to be well versed with material and construction methods and they have a greater perspective on space. Even though both will scream to bring your imagination into reality but it will be architects who will do it better. Architecture’s strength leans towards structure and designer’s strength towards aesthetic. However, if the value of your project in more than 5% of your home’s value, the architecture should be called. But if there are no structural changes that need to be made. Then one should look out for a designer.
In modern times, there is an architect for every size project. They are now willing to take all kinds of project including health, commercial, residential to institutional. So in order to make more of your space and to make your house conducive as well as entertaining, you can hire an architect.