the Social Diary ~
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and Working with an Architect
the Social Diary Architect Columnist Heather Johnston
Column #1, January 15th, 2006
architect is the skilled professional who listens to you, interprets
your wishes, and helps realize your building dreams.
The architect is a counselor, planner, designer, mediator, coordinator,
and business administrator. By working directly with you and assessing
your specific requirements, the architect tailors the design to
suit your personality, needs, budget, and lifestyle. The architect's
extensive study of design alternatives (some of which you may
not have considered) allows you to choose the design most appropriate
to your needs.
go beyond strict functionality to create spaces that actually
enrich the quality of life. They think holistically to
create a home that truly works with the land it sits on.
Chemistry is key when choosing an architect since you'll not only
be spending a lot of time together, but sharing a great deal of
personal information during the process.
- "Bringing in the Light"........ "It's all in
architect also saves you money and time. By keeping abreast of
the latest construction materials and technologies, architects
can recommend materials and systems that fit your budget. Architects
add value at every stage of the project, from initial conceptual
design through construction completion.
" Translates your wishes into plans for construction
" Designs custom work and installations
" Prepares drawings and specifications
" Helps you address building codes and regulations
" Coordinates the work of consultants
" Helps you secure a builder
" Administers the actual construction
architect has his or her own style, approach to design, and methods
of work. So it's important to find an architect who understands
your style and needs. Visit AIA.org
and review the material the American
Institute of Architects provides on hiring an architect.
Follow this rule of thumb: If you're moving or tearing down any
walls, or if the job involves any plans or new construction, hire
an architect. Or think of it this way: The minute you have second
thoughts, or start to question your solution, hire an architect.
a list of three or four qualified architects. Once you have narrowed
the field, here are some pointers to remember during the interview:
Are they keen and available? Be certain the person with whom you
have a rapport continues to work on your project.
2. Working with an architect can often be a very personal experience
- hire someone you like and feel comfortable discussing your life
and habits with.
3. Can they offer the whole service? Aim to find an architect
willing & experienced in the items listed above.
4. Be sure to ask about any issues that are important to you such
as using environmentally friendly and energy efficient materials
5. Ask when the architect will be able to do your job. Depending
on how busy they are, some architects may have to put you on the
back burner for a while.
Your architect will provide a unique and valuable contribution,
creating a visually appealing place with pleasing character and
style. Ultimately, your property's value is increased through
appropriate design, improved functionality, and high-quality detailing.
Heather Johnston Architect, is a residential architect
based in San Diego who specializes in contemporary, custom residences,
vacation homes and renovations.
Heather Johnston Architect
Better living is designed.
(858) 453-7666 tel.
(858) 453-6766 fax
to New this Week........Johnston
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