An architect is essential in every building project and your home is no exception. You need to engage an architect from the very beginning as you are making plans to build your home. The role of the architect falls into 3 different parts; the design phase, contract documentation and contract administration. It is important that you and the architect are clear on the services you need before the work starts. Before you can step into the design phase of the building project, the architect will be able to advice on planning and scheduling, feasibility study and advising on how appropriate your site is.
Some of the obligations of the architect include developing a building design that fits your budget and needs then explaining the design and project to you so that you understand it. It is also the architect’s responsibility to provide you with written terms of engagement that must be agreed on before the project commences. Once the project starts, the architect can act as an independent advisor on matters pertaining to building contracts.
In the design phase of the project, briefing discussions are held, sketch designs are also provided that allow you to see different plans and select what you would like best. On agreeing with the architect, detailed drawings will be provided. That done, contract documentation is provided for you which will include the design drawings, necessary specifications and other documents that allow you to get a planning and building permit from the local government.
In the event that you have agreed for your architect to be the administrator of your building contract, he or she will look into that as well and will advise on contracts that are suitable for the building of your home. When engaging your architect note that he or she is not the construction supervisor. That role is left to your building contractor.