Would you pull out your own tooth?
With your health or with a legal matter you always turn to professionals for guidance. However, when it comes to planning a building project this doesn’t seem to be the case. There are a plethora of reality television shows that give the impression that building is easy, cheap and quick. These shows never show the weeks of planning, the approvals that are required or the expensive teams of builders in the background.
Housing is also an area which isn’t completely foreign to us. We all live in houses or units, we all know what works and what doesn’t work in our house and we can all dream of how we would love to improve our home.
Finally, the other variable to add into the equation is the number of people who could work with you to design your building project. There are architects, drafts people, building designers and builders. All offer differing levels of expertise and all charging different fees.
How do you choose?
For most people, renovating or building a new home will be the most expensive exercise they will undertake in their lives. You wouldn’t consider gambling with your health, or going to court on your own, but many people gamble with their building projects by thinking that it will be advantageous to save on some fees at the beginning. However, the costs associated when things go wrong during building, or worse spending large amounts of money but not being happy with the end result can prove to be a far more costly error.
Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. By investing in an architect at the beginning of your project, you are establishing the blueprint for your entire project. You will be in a position where you know exactly what you are going to build, what materials you will use, what the building costs will be and how long it will take. This first phase of your project is the most important step and it is critical to get the right advice so you don’t make the mistake of going down the wrong path. Just as a doctor wouldn’t operate without a proper diagnosis, you should not launch into your project without consulting with an architect.
This is the first in a series of articles that will take you through the journey of building; what an architect does, the council approval process, how to find a builder, what to do during the building process and many other important insights into the world of building.