Getting a great result in a new home or renovation design project is a team effort and is important – for you and for your Architect. So it is important to understand the things that your Architect will expect from you during the course of your project, to achieve that common goal.

This list could be considered your “Rules of Engagement” when working with an architect:

  • I understand that good design takes time. As I will be spending more money on this project than almost anything else I will do, rushing the planning and design phase is not a good idea. A good rule of thumb is that if a house takes 9 months to build, then it is realistic to take 9 months to plan.
  • I understand that during the process I will need to make a lot of decisions. Sometimes this can be overwhelming, so I need to give myself time in the design process to make these decisions.
  • I understand that I need to trust my architect. I hired them because they have experience and are experts in their field, so I will not try and design for them.
  • I understand that most of my decisions will affect the estimated cost for construction. So I expect realistic discussions with my architect about the estimated cost for construction, and agree to either modify my budget or modify my design goals if we exceed my budget.
  • I will listen to my architect and benefit from their experience. Although we may not always agree, I need their expert advice to make informed decisions about my project.
  • I understand that the most expensive rooms in the house are the kitchen and bathrooms. The more features I add in these rooms, the more the project will cost.
  • My architect will need to be very direct with me about keeping the project focused and on track. I accept that some changes that I make could impact budget or timeframes.
  • I will pay all Architect’s and consultant’s fees on time as outlined in our agreements.
  • If I don’t understand a part of the design or something my Architect is telling me, I will ask them to explain – two-way communication is key.
  • I understand that although it may seem overwhelming at times, collaborating with my Architect on my new house design (or renovation) project is supposed to be FUN!