Should I use an Architect?

If you’re preparing to build a new property or conduct a major renovation, you may find yourself wondering if you should use an architect or not.

The New Zealand Institute of Architects state “By choosing to engage with an architect you are choosing to tap into a wealth of technical knowledge, skill and creativity. Modern architectural practice is steeped in history but uses cutting-edge technology and procedures to create buildings that will endure and reward you well into the future.”

While an architect isn’t required for every project, others absolutely need the input of a highly skilled expert.

Here’s our top 6 reasons why we think involving an architect (when applicable) is an absolute game changer!

1. Your architect can interpret your vision

Whether you are creating a new building or adapting an existing one, you may know what you want, but do you know how to achieve it? By listening to you carefully and asking the right questions, your architect will clarify what you want and explain what you can expect from the design, planning and construction process.

2. Your architect will think creatively

By thinking creatively and drawing on their wealth of experience and ideas, they will add an extra dimension (sometimes literally) to your project. An architect will explore the potential of your building and suggest clever and inventive ways to adapt it to create a space that works the best it can.

3. Your architect will add value to your property

A good architect, like any good professional, will pay for themselves. They will work with you to come up with a design that not only improves your life but increases your property’s value. This could be as simple as adding a window or roof light to bring in more light, or more substantial changes such as reconfiguring the footprint to create more space.

4. Your architect will see the bigger picture

Your architect will look at a space with a trained eye to see how to maximise its potential. They will be able to see beyond the building’s limitations and conjure up space where none was apparent. The result will be a building that really works.

5. Your architect will know what’s going on

Work with an architect and you have a hot line to design trends, new materials, technological innovations and environmentally friendly products. Through their work and by attending trade shows and generally keeping in the loop, they are plumbed into what is happening in the building world. They will surprise you with suggestions of different ways to use materials, new construction methods and fresh design ideas.

will also check the work and sign it off before you pay. Simply put, an architect will make sure the builders do a good job.

6. Your architect will ease your pain

Embarking on a big building project can be a daunting prospect. Working with an architect can transform the process from nerve-wracking and budget-busting into an exciting and rewarding experience. By suggesting design ideas, drawing up plans that match and expand your vision, and overseeing the work, they also offer another valuable ingredient: your peace of mind.

If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur

– Red Adair