5 Questions to Ask Your Architect When Designing a Custom Home

By Luster Custom Homes Posted Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

While it is certainly exciting, setting out to design a custom home in Arizona can be a daunting task. However partnering with the right architect can help guarantee your experience is as stress free as possible.

One of the most important things you can do when working with an architect is to ask questions and stay involved in the process. Help drive the project timeline by being present and available for decision making and work review.

Because it’s such an important part of the custom homebuilding experience, we’ve made a short list of five questions you should ask your architect as you begin your partnership.

  1. What challenges and/or issues do you foresee with the project?

If the architect has designed homes that are similar to yours, he/she will be better able to give you an idea of what challenges might arise. Everything from plumbing to electrical to staircases can be better evaluated to determine potential issues. While not a guarantee that all potential issues will be identified, an experienced and knowledgeable architect can help you avoid pitfalls along the way.

  1. What role do you have with the contractor?

The relationship between an architect and contractor has to be a close one. Even if not on site daily or even weekly, it’s important the architect knows what is progressing with the project to ensure the designs can be built as specified. Architects should communicate with contractors on a regular basis and keep you informed throughout. Ask your architect what his approach is and how he works best with both contractors and clients.

  1. What is the estimated timeline for completion?  

Even the best, most organized projects can quickly get off track if unforeseen problems arise. Based on work experience, your architect will be able to provide a solid estimate for each stage of your project. He should immediately make you aware of any changes in the timing and tell you what triggered the change and how it will be resolved.

  1. How is my budget estimated?

Budgets will vary greatly based on your home’s individual design. Custom homes are just that, custom. Custom touches that make your home one-of-a-kind can increase your budget. Your architect will work with you to listen to what you want from your new home and then work with the team (builder and interior designer) to maintain that budget.

  1. Have you designed similar home styles with similar budgets? 

This is an important question because it will help give you a more accurate estimate for both your budget and timeline. It all comes down to experience. The more familiar your architect is with designs like yours, the more accurate your estimates will be.

Having the vision for your custom home is the first step toward your new home-sweet-home. Do your research, know what you need to ask your architect and keep the lines of communication open. Designing a custom home will be even more rewarding when you hire a well-crafted team who can truly bring your vision for the perfect home to life.