Why Would You Need an Architect

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You don’t have to be designing your home from scratch to need an architect. If you’re making any structural changes to your home at all, whether it be an addition, a remodel or adding a whole new floor, an architect should be the first person you call.

An architect can perform many of the same services like a home contractor would but will also be able to incorporate any changes into the overall design of the house. Though some contractors do have an eye for design, an architect has had extensive training in blending form and function. When you bring them in at the beginning of the project, it can save you from an aesthetic disaster that could hurt the resale value of your home.

What an Architect Can Do For You

Here are the three main functions an architect performs when working on residential projects:


An architect will help you plan the project and come up with designs. Good design will take your needs, the style of the current stucture and the building site into consideration. Expect an architect to ask and consider questions like: What are the traffic patterns in your home and how does this project fit with them?

How will your family use in the new addition? Where does the sun rise and set and how does light enter the room? What window styles will be used – see Anderson window reviews.

Where are the neighbors? Was this building built in 1980 or 1890? An architect will make sure that eras, materials and roof lines match. There’s nothing worse than a colonial home with a modernist addition or vice versa.


Once the designs have been drawn up, the architect will coordinate and manage the project from start to finish. This begins with calling for quotes from contractors, helping to review the quotes before hiring someone to do the work and includes dovetailing the work of all the people who are contributing to the final project.

The Architect will supervise work as it progresses making sure that everything goes according to plan as far as quality, time and budget are concerned.

Keeping it Legal

Your Architect will obtain any necessary permits and ensure that all local building codes and bylaws are observed. They will also make a final inspection.

An architect has to be accredited and licensed by the state after completing a five-year architecture degree or master of architecture program, while no formal education is required for contractors. An architect is professionally liable for the soundness of the work

How Do I Find an Architect?

Finding an architect isn’t as simple as opening the phone book. Designing a building is an art, so look around for buildings and homes you love, then talk to the owners and discover who the architect was.

See if you can afford them! If you have to go without a recommendation, meet with prospective architects and look for values that mesh with yours, common philosophies and good chemistry.

The design of the project should be a collaborative effort – your architect has to be someone you can work with.


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My Architectural Scale Model

Architectural Scale Model

I had a 1 48 scale model flying Fortress that was my pride and joy.

When I went to architecture school, I gave it all up. I figured that I could not make a career in models, and should do something else that I enjoyed. Little did I realize what awaited me.

I actually got a job in architectural scale model making! If you enjoy working with miniatures and have working knowledge architecture, this is an amazing field to get into.

When I make architectural scale models, I get to create complete miniature communities. Most of my architecture scale model clients don’t want to just have a model of the building that they are proposing.

They want a model that shows the whole surrounding area along with the building. This gives context to the vision and makes it appear as if it has already come to life. This is where architectural scale model builders coming in.

One of the interesting things about architectural scale model making is how painstaking it is, like the cost of architect services almost.

Despite all the advances of modern technology, there is still only one way to make an architectural scale model: by hand.

Sure, there are some advantages that we have previous generations did not. The individual pieces of architectural scale models can be stamped out. This saves hundreds of hours of work, because you don’t have to cut each piece by itself.

However, adapting the architectural blueprint to an architectural scale model, designing the pieces, creating the molds, trimming the parts, and putting them together, all still have to be done by human hands. No one has figured out a way to automate the process.

I am grateful that they haven’t figured out a way to take the individual craftsmen away from the architectural scale model. This job is a dream come true, and I’m glad it can’t be done more efficiently by machines. I think it will be a long time before anyone figures out another way to do it.

If it were a matter of mass manufacturing architectural scale models, it would be different. You could create one design and have it stamped out by a machine. But each architectural scale model is custom ordered, and so each must be custom made.

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