Your architect will work hard to identify problems before the beginning of the design process. These problems are unique to your site and location; For example, noise issues, the quality of natural light, and thermal comfort. All these issues not only require intuition but some measuring and calculations in certain instances. We also request soil and geotechnical tests to decide what type of foundation will work best for your project. Avoiding cases where your pipes might freeze.
2- Spacial Adjacencies
Space planning is probably the easiest part for clients to navigate through. Many people also like to create their sketches or keep modifying the architect's proposal. And Yes, a lot of clients are successful at sketching floor plans. However, your architect will make sure that your square footage is utilized efficiently. All rooms have a decent amount of exposure to natural light, and there are sets of standers dimensions that need to be followed for each function; for instant, each bathroom fixture should be set in a way that's comfortable to the user. Kitchens' fixtures and cabinets should be designed in a way that makes the user feels at ease. The designer should avoid all hazards of injuries. Architects even pay attention to psychological aspects when they organize spaces. For example, paying attention to what level of privacy is needed and when to encourage connectivity.
3- Problem-solving stage
Now we go back to point number one. Remember when your architect was collecting information to identify problems. (light, heat gain, noise, soil, moist, termite, etc.) Now your architect will address each issue at a time and make sure they are adequately addressed.
4- Energy efficiency
Who doesn't wants to save on energy bills? Your architect will utilize solar heat gain and natural ventilation means; Furthermore, they'll specify the right materials that hold the heat in cold seasons and let go of heat in hot seasons. Besides, they'll design a building envelop that is unique to your project.
First of all, You don't need high-end finishes to create pleasant spaces. Yes, it would help if you pick durable material and know exactly where to use them combined with good craftsmanship from your contractor. You should be in good shape for finishing materials; But the quality of the space is not defined solely by its finishes but also about proportions, scale, and light.
6- Code compliance
There are three types of codes:
zoning codes concerned with setbacks, height, square footage, open space requirements, and more. Building codes involve fire safety, firewalls, fire exits, avoiding injuries. Construction type that complies with proposed square footage and so on. And finally, there is ADA Americans with Disabilities act. This code is a civil rights law that makes sure that people have accessibility to vital spaces.
7- Construction administration
Construction administration means that your architect is checking the progress of your contractor's work and making sure that the work is progressing within the suggested timeline and the processing payments in light of the work's progress.