Selecting the right architecture firm to partner with on your project is not as simple as it might seem. This is a huge commitment that will result in a decision that you may well have to live with for years to come. However, if you ask the right questions, the ideal partner more often than not reveal themselves.
Here are 10 questions to ask when you are looking for an architecture firm:
This will give you an indication of how much attention your project will receive. If they are inundated, your project might take a backseat, or worse, be rushed.
Now, you don’t actually expect them to give you an exact answer. But an estimate based on how long similar projects take will give you an idea what to expect if you partner with this architecture firm.
Do they have experience in the type of project you are proposing? Some architecture firms specialise in certain areas only.
Aside from their experience, try to determine their level of interest in a project such as yours. They should have a passion for the project, not just for the potential business.
A professional architecture firm should have a proper portfolio of their previous projects. Furthermore, they should be proud to share it with you. A portfolio will give you an idea of what style and quality to expect.
How hands-on are they? Do they collaborate with you, the client, to properly determine what it is you want? And what is their sign-off process like? Make sure you are comfortable with it.
It is advisable to meet the actual person who will be working on your project. This is to establish a relationship and to make sure there is chemistry. The last thing you want is someone you cannot communicate with properly.
Do they simply create the plans and then disappear, or are they actively involved during the construction phase? You would be better off with a team that works with the contractors to monitor compliance with the plan and exercise quality control.
Do they have regular contractors they work with? Check these contractors out to determine whether you are happy with the quality of their work.
Does the architecture firm you are considering only draw up plans or do they also offer other services, such as project management, structural engineering, or interior design?
Start with JK Designs
We’re a dynamic architecture firm based in Pretoria, with an extensive portfolio of projects big and small. Get in touch with us – we’re more than happy to answer your questions and show you why we are the ideal team to partner with.