Hiring an architect is a big commitment. How do you decide who to work with? One major factor is – can you trust them to do a good job? Ask these 5 questions to get to know your architect.
Establishing a realistic budget for a new building project is essential, but many churches only consider the basic building costs when setting their budgets. A Global Project Budget will include ALL the project costs.
You probably make it a priority to obtain competitive bids for the goods you purchase, and may well wonder why the same procedure is not used in procuring architectural services.
Once the design is complete, the drawings are done, and the building permit is approved the architect can go home and put his feet up, right? Not so fast!
If your church is comparing different sites for it’s new building, how do you reasonably evaluate which one is best? Location of course. Vehicle access. Size. Price. Utilities and other site services. And while the shape of your property is not the most important factor in your comparison, it does affect the design and layout of your building.
Most of the time projects go fairly smoothly, but if something should go wrong chances are all parties involved won’t remember what was agreed to unless it’s in writing, which is why owner-architect contracts are so important.
There will be variations in budget, building type, location, construction method and more, but developing an architectural solution to your building needs usually follows a standard 5 phase framework that will apply regardless of the other variables. Here’s what you can expect.