It seems that there’s a bit of confusion when it comes to architects and contractors. This is especially true among people looking to turn their dream project into reality. Who should you hire if you’re finally building that dream home or commercial building? Do you hire an architect, contractor or both?
To know the answer to that question, we have to know the differences.
What is an Architect?
An architect is a professional that plans and designs buildings. They’re the ones who talk to clients and listen to their hopes and dreams for their project. The architect then put these hopes and dreams on paper via a scaled sketch.
An architect spent years to get a degree in architecture. This arms them with the knowledge that they need to come up with beautiful, effective and efficient plans. In addition to their studies, they also undergo apprenticeship. They also undergo regular trainings and attend regular seminars to keep them up-to-date on the latest trends.
Everything is taken into consideration with this plan – from the design and function and even safety. This is why it’s important that you hire a licensed architect. Yes, there’s a license involved for a professional to be able to attach architect to their name. As you can probably imagine, this is hard and technical work. One fault in the design can lead to drastic consequences.
In addition, they’re trained on making sure that the design fits the intended use of the building. Even if you have a design in mind, the training of an architect can help them improve the design that you have in mind so you can use the building for its intended purpose.
This plan is then utilized as a guide all throughout the construction process. This is why an architect, at least a hands-on one, regularly visits the site to make sure that the plan is followed. This is very important because deviating from the plan can lead to costly delays. Of course, it can also lead to the crumbling of your dream project.
What is a Contractor?
A contractor is the professional responsible for the completion of the project. They’re responsible for manpower, equipment, services and materials needed to turn the architect’s plan into reality. They’re operating under a contract, hence the name.
Should You Hire an Architect or a Contractor?
You need both. Sure, an architect, like our very own Ar. Mariethel Garing, can be a contractor which she is. She has the necessary requirements to attach architect to her name. With her knowledge in the construction industry, she’s also able to provide contractor services.
On the other hand, a contractor cannot be an architect unless they have the necessary requirements. It’s illegal for a contractor to misrepresent himself as an architect.
In a lot of cases, the architect will recommend a contractor. So yes, it’s the architect that you’ll first talk to.
There are 2 important things:
- You hire a good architect that can turn your dreams and hopes into reality. The architect will put these dreams and hopes into a plan.
- You hire an experienced contractor, preferably with a good working relationship with your chosen architect.
You can take care of the 2 things by hiring an architect who’s also a contractor!
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