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How to Hire the Right Architect for your Custom Home or Renovation Project

Creating a home where you and your family can live comfortably in a functional space has been top of mind since the recent global pandemic. At the end of the day, it’s nice to have a space where you relax, host friends and family, and do all the little things in between like work from home!

Whether you build a new home or bring new light to an old home with a renovation, you want your home to work with you and your life. The home should function according to your needs.

But how do you find the right architect for your custom home build or renovation project?

At Michael Buss Architects Ltd., we work from 35 years of experience to create successful projects from beginning to end. Our architectural design process provides a clear-cut path towards on-time completion with skilled accuracy and quality. As architectural experts in Illinois, we know what it takes to create a space that works for you. Based on our experience, here are the things you should consider when looking for the right architect for your custom home or renovation project.

What defines a quality architect?

 They Listen

Listening to your ideas of your dream home is essential. After all, you’re the one who will live in the space. It’s critical for your architect to consider how you want to live, how you want your home to flow, and what your key factors are in your dream home.

 They’re Knowledgeable

This extends to an array of elements within architecture. The key is to find an architect with knowledge of structures, code compliances, and popular trends in the Illinois Western Suburbs area. A reputable architect will precisely know what needs to be done, what materials to use, and the seasonal time frameworks for custom home builds and renovations.

 They Communicate

Communication is key throughout the build and renovation process. Your architect should know where you’re at in the process at all times. You should have a primary point of contact within the company to understand timelines, updates and answer any questions you may have.

Your dream home comes down to more than just a number.

Price is the most common consideration for many people building or renovating their dream home. While price is an important factor, it does not signify quality. It’s essential to dig deeper.

Research Companies

The first step is to research architecture companies in your area. You can find reliable information on home design database websites like Houzz. Using Houzz can give you a good idea of architectural styles, reviews, and referrals for local architecture companies in the area.

 Know the Design Process

It’s essential to know and understand the design process for each company you’re interested in working with. This can help prevent any significant timeline delays and help you prepare for the process. Some key things to know about the design process:

How involved will you need to be in each step of the process?

Will you be able to visualize your dream home with 3D renderings?

Who will handle code compliance and contractor coordination during the building process?

During the design process, you should be able to see hand-drawn sketches, understand the spatial relations of each room, and choose cabinets, built-ins, and finishes like flooring, vanities, appliances, and more.

 Ask Around

There’s nothing better than referrals from friends, family, and neighbors. Ask around Illinois Western Suburbs about reputable architects. If there’s one home you love in particular, strike up a conversation with the owners and find the architect behind the beauty.


What Makes MBArch, Ltd. Stand Out?

With over 35 years of experience in the Illinois Western Suburbs area, MbArch Ltd. is committed to creating spaces where people and beautiful design can coexist. Each member of our team invests themselves passionately in each custom home build and renovation project. We work closely with our clients to create spaces for love, life, and memories. The result is a beautiful custom-designed home ready for get-togethers in the kitchen, evenings laughing on the back patio, and many years filled with joy.

If you’re looking for the right architect in the Illinois Western Suburbs area to handle your custom home build or renovation with care, attention, and experience, reach out to Michael Buss Architects, Ltd.

We’re ready to create your home with our signature.

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