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Help Your Architect Make Your Home Design Idea Come True

Unless you’re a professional architect, you probably won’t be able to design your own home. However, hiring a professional doesn’t mean that you have little or no control over what is done.

The best way to make your home design ideas come true is to work with an expert and know how to establish a great connection.

Come up with a home building budget

2Although an architect should be excellent at managing the designated budget for the project in question, they won’t really be able to do anything without a ballpark. You need to predict how much you’re willing to spend on home design and you need to be able to tell your architect this in the very beginning of your collaboration.

Therefore, having a rough estimate of the budget in mind is of the absolute essence. Not only will this allow for a clean slate, but it will help your architect explain what design effort you can expect and what should be put on hold for the time being.

Find the right builder for your project

3It’s important that you, as a client, are able to rely on your home builders and be certain that your new home will suit you perfectly. Say you drew your inspiration from a home magazine and you want your home to have custom luxury features.

In this case, you want to hire people you can trust to do the job properly. If a customized luxury home is your idea of the perfect living space, consider looking for reputable luxury mansion builders in your area who can make your home design idea come true.The telltale signs of professionalism aren’t only obvious skills and experience. A true professional isn’t afraid of walking in your shoes, and their sole concern is designing a home that you’ll love.

Feel free to ask questions

4Architecture can range from extremely complicated to very simple, all depending on how your architect views it and how they explain it. You shouldn’t be afraid of asking questions with regards to their expert ideas.

You’ve hired a professional, you’re the one who’s paying the money and it’s your wish that they are obligated to respect. A good architect will always want what’s best for you and your home – they will want to design a lovable home that will reflect your personality.

Discuss your architectural style preferences

5Every architect has style preferences, and the ones they like the most are bound to look the best. Hiring a design professional who has a similar design philosophy as you do is of huge importance.

Many professional architecture firms have hundreds of experienced professionals at disposal, which means that some are bound to fit your target style and match the architectural home style that you’re most drawn to.

Work as a team or leave it to the experts

It’s not uncommon that a homeowner simply designates a budget for an architecture endeavor and leaves everything to the experts, and this is perfectly fine.On the other hand, there are those who have their own ideas and frequently communicate with the architect in order to have their home design wishes come true.

The worst you can do, however, is tell the expert that everything is completely up to them and then start butting in later on. Not because they might get annoyed and not because this is simply not cool (although it isn’t); but because once you tell the expert that they have freedom, they will create a concept in their mind, a concept that is unique and complete – your messing with the process will only lead to a compromise architectural design.

All in all, treat your architect as you would treat your friend – sure, your ideas should match, but hearing them out when they don’t is always a smart decision.

On the other hand, you are entitled to an explanation at all times, but don’t forget: you either work with your architect or leave it to them – there shouldn’t be any compromise.


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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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