Most people have the opinion that Architects are too expensive and unnecessary and therefore not needed (unless they are required for city/county approval of course). Architects in many cases are treated as a necessary evil at worst and a tolerable professional at best. Sure there are some cheaper ways to do buildings than to hire architects and trust their guidance and direction, but what do you sacrifice with that savings? My question is can you afford to NOT have an architect?
Time and again, I see people choose either the least expensive "architect" or none at all and end up in a really difficult situation: over budget, poorly designed spaces, relationship difficulties, etc. I recognize my own biases, but I do believe that you get what you pay for in the architectural service of your building/home. I continue to see proof of this over and over again. If you are concerned that you can not afford the fees that an architect would charge you, perhaps your building is too large or nice for your budget? Anytime you hire someone and pay them a lot of your hard-earned money you are taking a gamble or making an investment (depending on how you perceive it). We, as Architects, understand this and have the experience and training to give maximum value to your product. (Well, most of us do.) In order to get the best service, we recommend getting some client references, visiting a couple of projects, and doing some interviews. We all put this much effort into house and car shopping, so don't settle for less when it comes to architectural services. Once this is done, I hope that our firm will always stand out as professional and exceptional at what we do. We will treat you fairly, value your money as if our own, help you maintain budgets, and do our best to give you a beautifully designed space. Do yourself a favor and cut down on the size of your building a little (if you need to), hire an architect, and put yourself in a position to make your investment profitable....and let us know if we fail to deliver in any way.