Role of Architect and their valuable Guidance for a Project. . . ?
What are the issues to be considered before Hiring an architect?
If you are constructing your dream house, the first issue that you will encounter is about the design of the house. There are some contractors who have abundant experience in construction of houses and they would suggest you a house plan and you may accept it because the design is appealing.Now, give the same design to an architect based at Bangalore and you would wonder the architect would show you several pitfalls in the design suggested by the contractor. As a matter of fact, hiring of an architect has several other advantages also. These advantages can be explained as follows:
The Architect is a qualified person and he understands your needs and he can give you a better deal in terms of the design and elegance to your dream house. He would ensure that every space available is properly made use of, which in turn ensures your comfort and convenience. He would prepare the building plan to suit your budget and ensures that the entire construction is well within the budget.
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The architect will prepare a detailed plan that gives you a clear picture of the frontage of the building, the setbacks, the size of each room, kitchen, living room, the number and size of windows, size of door and height of the roof and so on. He would also ensure that the plans are as per the norms of the relevant corporation or municipality.
The architect role is to give detailed estimate, which includes material cost, labor cost, interiors and landscaping if any and so on. The estimate will also mention about the quality of materials to be used for various works. For example, the estimate would mention about the size of steel that is be used for pillars and roof.
Vastu is one of the issues that is haunting most of the people who construct their building; be it residential or commercial. The architect ensures that the building is fully according to Vastu principle.
Hiring professionals will give you an advantage that they will provide you with the site supervision. Normally, he will depute a qualified supervisor who will be present at the site and oversee the works being carried out by the contractor. Alternatively, you can also ask for the periodical visits in which case, the architect will visit the site at regular intervals and ensure that works are in accordance with plans and estimates.
The Role of an architect in site visits is that they will send you a periodical report of the work being carried out. If there is a possibility of cost run over; he will bring it to your notice. If you need any changes in the plan, the architect will make such changes after discussing the issue with you and also with the contractor.
The service charges of the architect vary between 3% to 5%, on the overall estimated or can be charged on per sq ft basis which might cost Rs 40 / sq ft to Rs 150 / sq ft cost depending on various factors like the type of construction, overall built up area and type of service required.
Hence Hiring of the architect is considered extremely advantageous because they will be overseeing the work of the Building contractor who will be able to construct as per proposed design. He will provide you the necessary technical advice so that your dream building will be elegant, strong and durable.