When does a building project shift from something simple, a do-it-yourself effort or one that a contractor could finish in a few days, to one that requires the involvement of an architect? If you’re building anything more complex than, say, a treehouse for your kids, an architect is essential in ensuring that the project is properly planned. A licensed architect offers design problem-solving ability with knowledge and understanding of construction as well as a sense of the costs of a project. An architect can also help you navigate the complexities of building codes, zoning laws, and other regulatory requirements, including those that might not have seemed applicable to a smaller project.
Importantly, the architect is typically the client advocate, the one who represents your interests, helps you find and work with construction contractors, maximizes your investment, and sees to it that visions are translated into a workable plan and ultimately into a finished project that fulfills your needs.