Your architect is the person who designs and creates all the construction drawings for your project. They are the ones who take your vision and make it a reality.
Architects are trained to solve problems in creative ways. With their broad knowledge of design and construction, architects can show you alternatives and options you might never think of on your own.
Need more room for your growing family? An architect can show you how to enlarge your home so you don't have to move. Not sure how fast your business is going to grow? An architect can design an office that meets your needs today and can be adapted for tomorrow. Have a limited budget? The architect looks for ways to make your project cost effective.
An architect can save you money, problem solve complexities during the construction process, guide you through the process from start to finish, and help you see the big picture!
Whether you are remodeling, adding on, or building from scratch, the architect can guide the way. Working with contractors and other construction professionals, architects can help you end up with a well-designed project that meets your needs and works with your budget and time frame.
Your architect will coordinate with the team of expert engineers, builders, city officials, contractors and the like to complete the project as smoothly as possible. Lets face it, the average home owner is not as familiar with building and zoning codes, specifications and guiding a contractor through construction documents; nor should they be. That is why hiring an architect to manage your project is in the long run going to save you money, time and a possible headache.
Most people who go into architecture are artistic by nature and are drawn to the field by the love of design. This is especially prevalent at JMAD. Jim McNeal has an outstanding passion for design and each new project is like a new toy at Christmas. It's hard to go wrong when there is that kind of enthusiasm in the room.
You do want to make sure that you and your architect have the right chemistry and the firm fits your needs. Sometimes a smaller firm verses a larger firm can give you more individual focus if you have a really unique project or needs. Budget can also be a driving factor. Projects can range from a very small remodel to a multi-million dollar home build. Each architectural firm is going to have a typical type of project size they commonly take on and are best suited for regarding work load, time commitments, builder relationships, etc. So make sure you are up front about your project size and relative budget when searching.
All in all, make sure to read reviews, look at past work, and interivew your architects! You want to make sure you click and have a good chemestry with your potential partner before you make any decisions about them. What you see online or what other people have thought about working with them may not always be the right fit for you. Follow your instincts!