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What an Architect can do for you
An important consideration when renovating in New York City is to decide if you want to hire the services of an architect. Here are the biggest factors to consider when making this decision.
With an architect, you’ll ensure you’re creating the best layout and orientation to make the most of your living space. They’ll ask questions like, “do you read the paper with your morning coffee, or scramble to get the kids to school?” or, “would you like your teenage kids to be able to hang out at your place?” The answers help create a design solution that fits your lifestyle now and for the future.
Architects also take into consideration the light, space proportions, energy usage, and materials necessary to create the best possible design for your renovation.
While a precise cost estimate may not always be possible, an architect can often look at your project and say, “the base cost of the project is X, but then there’s also Y (electric bills, gas, etc.), which takes into account the life cycle of living with these changes.” Learn why Bolster offers cost reports
Design for the ages
Your family and lifestyle may look very different 5, 10 years from now, and you want your home to be beautiful and usable by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life. An architect knows this, and by using an approach known as “universal design,” will work with you to ensure that your home is capable of handling changes, and that the space can adapt to whatever life brings.
Architects are exposed to a range of products for the home, and they have access to catalogues and samples (such as unique kitchen tiles) to show you. This will save you an enormous amount of time and effort – you won’t have to surf the Internet or spend countless weekends at stores looking for materials while you’re creating your scope of work. They'll also help you select what materials and finishes work well with one another.
When embarking on a large home renovation project, it’s important to have an expert take into consideration all the different costs versus functions — also known as value engineering. An architect is familiar with all the building codes, compliance issues, regulations, best practices, and more associated with your choices.