Working with architects is similar to working with other professionals and contractors. You are paying the money and you have the right to choose how much involvement you want from your architects.
There are several ways architects can help you when you are building a home, be it a custom home or a kit home. First, they can take an existing plan and modify it to your needs. Second, they can help you put on paper all the ideas, wants and needs that you have for your future home. Third, they can tell you what is realistic and what is not. Finally, they can design a custom home based on your unique requirements.
Because of these options and possibilities, there is no one right way to use an architect in a project. There are three main criteria you want to take a look at when deciding on whether you need an architect or not and in what capacity. These criteria are time, money and expertise.
If you have all the time in the world and are in no hurry at all, you can choose to invest your own time to figure out everything you need to make the right choices about the design of your future home. However, this scenario is probably not very plausible.
Most likely, you work for a living, have a family, hobbies and interests and don’t know enough about architecture and construction to be able to do everything you need to do on your own. If that’s the case, then an architect or a team of architects will be a great addition to the group of professionals working on your future home. It is also possible that your municipality requires design and construction plans to be submitted by a licensed architect. If you need extensive structural engineering, you may also find yourself needing the services of an architect no matter if you want them or not.