Choosing your Architectural Designer

By sarah

The first thing you need to do before engaging an architectural designer is to be clear about the things that are the most important to you. The following questions will help you create a brief that will assist both you and your designer. It is important to be clear about your likes and dislikes right from the beginning.
Questions to ask yourself:
• What is your budget?
• How large do you want your house to be? Small and stylish or big and grand?
• What are some of your non-negotiables? i.e. large bathroom, walk-in robe, open- plan?
• Where do you see yourself and your family in the 5, 10 or 15 years?
• Where are your design priorities? Do you value green design principles?
• What is your personal style/taste? You could make a Pinterest, Houzz or dream board showing design elements you find appealing.
Once you have a good idea of the home you want to create, the next thing you need to do is browse designers. There are many ways to do this other than a simple google search.
The following websites can be used to look for Architectural Designer profiles:
• Architectural Designers New Zealand
• Archipro
• Houzz
You also need to think about suitability of Designer, start by checking that the Designer is qualified to undertake the work on the Licensed Building Practitioners (LBP) register. Next, make sure their aesthetic fits with yours by checking their websites and other portfolios.
Open Plan House
If the designer seems like a good fit then it is time to give them a call and ask for a quote or one to one meeting. At the meeting you can discuss your brief and decide if you feel good working with the designer to make your dream home become a reality.