The House Plan Company – Pro Tips: How to Pick a Designer or Architect

Spring is when many are inspired to find their first or next home. Maybe you’ve decided you want to build and after browsing house plans or garage plans on The House Plan Company’s website, you’ve found a plan that ticks almost all the boxes. Perhaps you prefer an open-concept living area – which offers some separate space – over the popular large room-style layout. You might want to add a mud hall to organize coats and shoes. Whatever the changes that make a great floor plan perfect for you and your family, meeting with a professional designer or architect is the next important step in your design and build journey.

“At first glance, a house plan or accessory structure can meet most homeowner’s expectations, but more often than not, it requires some design changes,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs, whose designs are featured on The House Plan Company. “A design professional is best suited to make adjustments to a home plan, and finding the right one who can translate a homeowner’s desires into the plan is important.”

The first tip when choosing a design professional to customize your house plan is experience. A professional with home design experience, as well as knowledge of the particular style of home you wish to build, is a good indicator of a successful outcome.

“In addition to experience, personality plays a crucial role in selecting the right design professional,” says McAlexander. “The designer or architect is a crucial partner in realizing your dream home and so compatibility is an important aspect of the relationship to communicate exactly what you want from your home or garage design.”

Next tip: Make sure you find a design professional you’re comfortable talking to. A professional designer should be your partner, collaborator, sounding board and idea generator. You need to be able to understand who you are and what you want and translate that into the design of your new home that ultimately reflects your personality and lifestyle. The right design professional should come up with ideas and suggestions and solve problems instead of just following your directions. The whole process should be collaborative in nature to arrive at the perfect design.

Tip #3: Ask the designer about their process. The way each designer or architect works is unique to their company. When making adjustments to a plan, it’s important to ask if there are review periods, if the number of revisions is limited, and what the timeframes are for professional designers. It’s important to understand the process and timing before you begin.

“When the right designer works with you through every step of the planning and design process, you get that much closer to realizing your dream home,” said McAlexander.

In the end, a professional designer with experience and the right personality can help you build the home of your dreams and make it a fun, easy, and inspiring journey.

About The House Plan Company

Drawing on the nation’s top designers and architects, The House Plan Company provides homeowners and builders with ready-made blueprints for homes, garages and accessories in one easy-to-navigate website. The House Plan Company brings clients closer to their team of award-winning design professionals and architects to work together to customize or modify a home or garage plan to suit their needs. The House Plan Company offers an extensive collection of house plans, garage plans and accessory building plans in many different architectural styles and sizes.

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