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Last Updated Saturday November 11 2017 09:47 PM IST

Why you should hire an architect for your next building project

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10 reasons why hiring an architect makes sense An architect considers sustainability in concept and construction, and thereby ensures that your investment lasts a long time. Photo: Getty images

There are some things you should always leave to the professionals. Drawing a house plan certainly falls into that category. Aspiring homeowners often shy away from hiring an architect because of the perceived costs. Below are a few reasons why you should hire an architect for your next building project.

» An architect-designed home is undoubtedly more flexible than the ones made by contractors, who have little or no knowledge regarding the design aspect.

» They define what you really want. Whether you want a bigger dining area or a terrace garden, an architect skilfully includes it in the plan and helps you get the right combination of spaces.

» Architects know wonderful ways of cutting costs in design and with materials and finishes, with little impact on design. Yes, good style is not necessarily about big budgets.

» An architect will take into account factors like environment, region and culture while drawing a plan and makes sure that the house has a personality of its own.

» They are adept in the art of utilizing spaces quite smartly.

» They have up-to-date knowledge on building science and can get building projects through with the minimum number of revisions. Low-quality or incomplete documents can delay your construction.

» A designer can guide you through various steps involved in the building process as they have immense expertise in the field. From research planning legislation to assisting you in the hiring of surveyors and general contractors, and to recommending subcontractors, they can do practically everything for your dream house.

» Your architect will always be your advocate every time you have an issue with your contractors. Without the right expertise, it might be tough for you to verify that a contractor is properly carrying out the intent of the drawings.

» An architect considers sustainability in concept and construction, and thereby ensures that your investment lasts a long time.

» A good design is always a profitable investment as it adds extra value to your building.

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