In fact, it sounds counterintuitive… But before you look for an architect for your new custom designed home, choose your builder first.
Well, did you know 80% of architectural plans never come to fruition?
You see, some architects focus on what a home will look like. The design. The problem is, some rarely factor in the costs. So what you end up with is a design that can quickly become very expensive to build…
Think about it: architects are trained to be visionaries. They ‘live’ to create the ‘perfect house’. That’s what you pay them for. But, they are not always focused on the practicalities of building – how much extra time and money certain design elements may take.
It would be unfair to generalise the architecture industry so broadly. There a many factors which account for designs not progressing, we as builders know this all so well. We certainly do recommend using an architect, benefiting from a practical architect who will make the most of the space, orientation and client requirements. Good design is worth more, so resale on a well designed home will be greater then a volume builder where the plan is designed to simply fit on your block.
Practicality is the first thing your builder thinks of. They constantly question if and how they can do it for you.
And the reality is, architects get paid for the design they create, whether you end up using it or not.
There is a way to fuse vision with the practicalities of building. With a few small modifications, you can often achieve the same ‘design result’ for a lot less money.
When your builder and architect work together, you get the best of both worlds…
You get a design that is beautiful and functional and a design that is affordable for you to build.
So it’s best for you to choose a custom home builder first. Then find an architect. And get them to work together.
Most professional builders already have designers, request to see their work. Take your time to figure out who will suit you best. Designer and builder should be talking constantly throughout the design and work together to meet you requirements.