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Expert Guide: Hiring an Architect for Your Next Project

The construction industry is huge, and global spending on construction throughout 2024 is expected to reach $3.7 trillion.

Even with all this construction, every project is unique, and some are more challenging than others. Planning things out and having the right personnel is crucial. Hiring an architect can be a very good move if you want to ensure your project goes as it should. This guide will help you determine if and how to hire a Tacoma architect to help you with your project.

Why Is Hiring an Architect Important?

In any project, time is one of the most valuable resources. Navigating a construction job can be very complicated and time-consuming for those who don’t have the relevant experience. Architects are skilled at managing timelines and working efficiently, so they will help you save time throughout the project.

Another one of the main benefits of hiring an architect is that they will simplify the project. They’re knowledgable about each element of the process and their architectural project planning will help ensure everything runs smoothly and the project stays on track.

A design-build contractor often takes on some complicated and ambitious projects. Choosing the right architect will give you more room to explore and get creative. Experienced architects will have taken on a wide range of projects, and they can lend this experience to your project to help you achieve more impressive results.

All construction projects have legal requirements you must follow and an architect can help with these. Architects typically have a strong knowledge of local building codes and regulations. They will help you keep your project compliant so you don’t run into any legal issues.

Architect Selection Tips

Before hiring an architect or general contractor, you should always check their qualifications. Make sure they’ve had suitable formal education and training. Ask about their past experience to get an idea of the projects they’ve worked on before. The more work they have to show, the more experienced they’ll be. It’s best to find an architect who has previously taken on projects similar to yours. Make sure they also have suitable insurance as things can go wrong even in the most well-planned construction projects. Insurance will protect you, the architect, and anyone else involved.

It’s worth checking out reviews from their past clients. You’ll be able to see how people have felt about working with them, giving you a better idea of what to expect.

The cost will be a significant factor, so it’s worth looking at multiple quotes. Make sure you understand an architect’s fee structure and check that the costs match the quality of their work.

Your Construction Project

HHJ Architecture and Construction is a professional design & build firm operating throughout the Northwest. We’ve taken on a range of projects over the course of more than 30 years, making us ready to bring your vision to life. Get in touch with our team today to find out more.