Common Misconceptions on Working with an Architect

By+Jeffrey Helman

...”ARCHITECTS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE”...


Building a custom home is one of the largest investments a person will ever make in their entire life.

There are very few tangible assets a person can own that will actually appreciate in value over time, and a fine home is one of them if it’s properly designed.

 

...”MY BUILDER SAYS THAT I DON’T NEED AN ARCHITECT”...

 

One of the most basic pieces of advice we often give our potential clients is that you can have a poorly designed home or you can have a very well thought out designed home, but in the end, they will probably cost the same amount... why not invest the relatively small additional amount needed to have your home designed well?


...”I HAVE A FLOOR PLAN ALREADY. WHY SPEND MONEY ON AN ARCHITECT?”...


Hiring an architect to design your custom home is not unlike having a skilled tailor create a custom suit for you...measurements are taken, preferences are established, fabrics are selected...and a one of a kind creation emerges designed exclusively for you for a perfect fit. While the initial cost can be a bit more, that garment will bring comfort and joy for years to come, having been created with your exact personal specifications.

Our belief in the importance of using an architect is equivalent to the “custom suit” process. We take the time to get acquainted with our clients, identifying not only their basic needs, but also their desires, and even their passions. In asking the right questions, guiding the Owner to identify the elements that will make their home special, we “measure” their goals and aspirations as a prelude to creating their own custom living environment. In doing so, we are not only creating their personal vision, but are equally mindful of building value into this home so that it becomes an actual appreciating asset, with both financial and emotional rewards.


...”BUT MY BUILDER CAN DESIGN MY HOME
FOR FREE”...


There are many very qualified and capable builders. However, just as we as architects may lack certain industry expertise that a builder may possess, builders also lack certain industry knowledge architects indeed possess, that of focused design expertise. In a world of increasing specialization, architects are 100% focused on creating the perfect unique design for each of our clients. This is not to say architects don’t appreciate considerable interactions with the building community. We frequently employ DESIGN/BUILD delivery systems in which an Owner’s preferred builder is chosen and will influence a project from early on in the process.

In the end analysis, an architect will bring the design expertise to the process that is necessary and desirable to protect the client’s investment and bring years of enjoyment for generations to come.

 

Jeffrey P. Helman, AIA President of HELMAN SECHRIST Architecture, holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning. He is also a member in good standing with the American Institute of Architects and the National Home Builders Association and is fully registered in the States of Indiana and Michigan.