Why would a client use an architect to assist him / her in the planning and execution of their dream project?
The answer lies in understanding the process.
Original, individually designed plans are produced by this firm, suited to the specific and unique needs of each and every client and the environment they choose to develop.
There is no data base of “standard plans” to choose from at random.
The client-architect agreement refers to this phase as work stages 1 to 3.
… the building contract
Before the building process starts, the client will enter into a contract with the successful contractor, obtained through a controlled tender procedure.
To protect both parties to this contract, during the building process, it is strongly recommended that a sound set of contractual documentation is available. These describe and define the parameters of the project. A building contract has unique characteristics that set it apart from any other form of contract from any other discipline. Architects have a professional qualification to prepare such documentation for and administer the building contract.
The client-architect agreement refers to this phase as work stage 4
…the construction process
Clients often consider to tackle this phase of the project without the services of their architect. It is, however, imperative that a qualified architect is appointed to oversee this phase of the process. This firm ensures that the interpretation of the contract documents is just and accurate and establishes a bench mark for quality control.
Architects with experience are be able to develop changes introduced in this phase into design opportunities to further the process of establishing a unique building as a materialization of his / her clients’ dream.
Something else close to the clients’ heart is the project budget.
This firm keeps a close record of all savings and additional items in conjunction with monthly (weekly) expenditure. These are presented to the client in summary format, indicating possible over-expenditure early enough in the process to be able to make adjustments, should it be required.