It probably wouldn’t cross most people’s minds to consider the services of an architect if someone was deciding on a remodelling project for their house. It may well be seen as something that only the rich can afford. Yet, in actual fact, whilst using an architect will cost you money, you could find that they could save you money in the long run, as well as make the most out of the space you’ve got.
Could you do it yourself?
A little bit of DIY know-how can be good, but it can also be dangerous, too. If you’re planning on remodelling a room in your home, such as your kitchen, it can be tempting to do it yourself, get all the fixtures you need and install everything. But once it’s done, you may well find that certain aspects of the kitchen aren’t as functional as you thought they would be. That’s because, it’s not always easy to visualise the end result, without seeing detailed drawings beforehand, and most novice DIYers might not consider doing that.
Architects, however, make detailed drawings and have the ability to make the best use of whatever space you’ve got. Even if you don’t have a big budget, you could still utilise the services of an architect to help you plan and put your projects into place.
Architects have the ability to think long-term when it comes to visualising plans and realising them and their potential. They may question your desire to remodel an area of your home, if you plan to do something else to an adjoining part of the home in the future, which would have a knock-on effect further down the line. By drawing plans and thinking long-term, architects can easily make changes on the paper plans, rather than you having to make changes once construction has got under way. And that, of course, would prove costly. So, in that sense, architects can save you money.
Add value to your home
Professional design and a well-thought out layout of a room or its contents can be an added bonus when it comes to adding value to your home, should you decide to sell in the future. If you have cramped space, for example, then architects are able to make the best use of that space, making it feel bigger, which is also going to add extra appeal to your home.
House buyers are very picky these days, and don’t want the extra cost or inconvenience of having to tidy up amateur DIY remodelling projects that don’t work well, so it pays to get it right from the beginning.
An efficient and sustainable home
Architects aren’t just experts at designing rooms, layouts and homes, but they are able to advise on the best features and fixtures for your home, which can save you money in the long run. By using energy-efficient designs, architects can help save you running costs and reduce your carbon footprint. They can also source sustainable, durable materials that will stand the test of time.
So, even if you don’t have a huge budget, it might still be a worthwhile investment to get expert opinion from an architect about your remodelling project, which can save you money in the long run.
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Article by Gozde Kar
Written by Gozde Kar for TD Architects: Commercial and Residential Architectural Experts