Finding the right Miami architects can be a difficult task because there is so much at stake when you’re talking about a home build project that will be your actual house for the foreseeable future. Therefore it is vital that you know what it is you are looking for when you’re searching out a suitable residential architect.
The list of 20 questions that has been compiled by the AIA can be used a great base from where to begin with prospective candidates but you need a little extra in order to really make the right decision. In addition, various other steps can be taken in order to maximise your chances of choosing the right architect for your job.
Firstly make certain to actually visit the office of your architect even though your first meeting with the architect is likely to be on your building plot or site. You will get a good impression of the individual and the company you are hiring from this. So a meeting at his workplace should be scheduled before appointing him. Look for things such as disorganization or un-filed documents that are not in use. This attitude towards documents and office space is bound to reflect in the work of the architect too.
This meeting will also give you the opportunity to begin to develop a good working relationship with your architect. This may be an obvious point, but a strong rapport will mean you and the architect are better placed to deal with any unforeseen problems later on. Your architect needs to be able to understand what exactly you are looking for.
Even though the firm you are dealing with may have several qualified architects, but that does not mean that all will be having the same amount of creative ability. Go out to meet in person the architect that you are about to hire. This way you would be able to ensure that your architect does in fact have the same vision as you and would hence, be able to deliver what exactly you are looking for!
In this day in age, most professional residential architects will have access to a wide range of computer design technology to help you visualise the project as it develops. All architects should use a software known as Building Information Model. This BIM, as it is popularly known, is a 3D software. It helps the designers to design their building in 3D and displays a visual image too. This helps in getting accurate measurements for doors and windows. This software helps in avoiding all kind of problems from the beginning. Ask your residential architect what sort of design software and tools he or she uses before agreeing to use their services.
Finally but by no means the least important of these steps is to get references and view the architects previous work! This is an absolute must as it ensures your candidate can produce high standard design work to the clients needs and expectations.
All this may well take time but it is certainly a good investment of your time prior to actually signing the dotted line and beginning your project. After all, there is a lot at stake when you are getting something constructed. A good architect is the key to ensuring that what ever is built is made to last and is as per your taste and requirement. Or else, you would be spending countless hours later in rectifying all that has gone wrong!