For starters, architects produce more than just design information. You can provide all the necessary information to a contractor to fix the price of the works and monitor the construction process to make sure you get what’s defined in the building records and that it was built. In accordance with best practices and the necessary regulations. You will also ensure that you are not cheated by a ruthless entrepreneur.
When I had my first permanent full-time job in a design office, the senior partner told me to assume all subcontractors were stupid and corrupt and did everything in that direction. Of course, that’s not true, but it helps ensure that everything you do is clear, precise and unambiguous.
I write from a newly renovated bedroom apartment in an elegant 90-year-old building in Brooklyn. My partner and I bought the device in early 2017, inspired by its large windows, 12ft ceilings and friendly neighbours. For another, the former owner had added design elements such as a slightly sloping loft and red lacquered kitchen cabinets that were not only unusual but outdated.
So we commissioned an architect and a general contractor to do a bowel renovation. We’ve arranged home offices for both of us, updated the kitchen and bathroom, added cupboards and replaced unfortunate surfaces on ceilings and floors.
We found that architects can take on different tasks as part of a renovation, but not necessarily. We didn’t know how big this fork could be and so we couldn’t express our expectations. If we could choose an architect, we would discuss that in the interviews, and then we would include a number of common expectations in the contract and budget.