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6 Signs You Need to Hire an Architect

Learn the six signs that you need to hire an architect.

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Christi Farrell, RA, Leed GA


November 8, 2022


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Many people dream of owning their own home, but the process of making that dream a reality can be daunting. There are a lot of important decisions to be made, and one of the most important is whether or not to hire an architect. Here are six signs that you need to hire an architect.

You Don’t Know Where to Start:

If you need help turning your vision into reality, an architect can be extremely helpful. Architects are trained professionals who can help you figure out the feasibility of your project and make sure that your home is structurally sound. 

You Need Someone Who Can Help You Avoid Potential Problems: 

There are many potential problems that can arise during the design and construction of a home. An architect has the experience and knowledge to identify these potential problems early on and develop solutions to avoid them. This can save you time, money, and frustration in the long run. 

You Have a Complex Project: 

If you have a complex project, it is definitely worth your while to hire an architect. They will be able to help you make informed decisions about the design of your home. They will also be able to help you navigate the complicated paperwork and requirements that come with a complex project.  

You Need Help With the Permitting Process: 

The permitting process can be confusing and frustrating for people who are unfamiliar with it. An architect can help you obtain the permits you need in a timely and efficient manner. They can also help you avoid delays and other problems that can arise during the permitting process.

You Want Someone Who Can Help You Stay Within Your Budget: 

An experienced architect can help you design a home that meets your needs without exceeding your budget. They will know how to find cost-effective materials and construction methods that will still result in a high-quality finished product.

Your Local Government Requires It:

Depending on where you live and the size and scope of your project, there might be defined requirements to working with an architect. Check with your local building department to know whether you need an architect’s services to submit a permit.


Building your own home is an exciting endeavor, but it is also a very complex one. There are many important decisions to be made, and one of those decisions is whether or not to hire an architect. If you are unsure about whether or not to hire an architect, consider these four signs that indicate it would be in your best interest to do so.

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Christi Farrell
Christi is a licensed architect and interior designer specializing in sustainability. She enjoys teaching design and bringing transparency to the impact that furniture has on our planet.
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