If you’re in Long Island you know that land is at a premium. So, if you are wanting to build or add on to your property, you are going to what an architect who is skilled at using this limited space and creating inventive, useable spaces that are as attractive as they are functional.

Many of the skilled architects that you will encounter in the New York area specialize in commercial properties, however to build your home, just the way you want it built, you are going to need to find yourself a great Long Island residential architect.

The question then becomes, what do you need to look for in an architect?

Choosing Your Architect

All architects in America must be qualified, licensed and registered. So, this should go without saying, although it won’t hurt to have a sneaky look to confirm that you are working with someone who is actually registered and licensed to work in Long Island. Each state has its own registration processes, and although they are similar you want to ensure that you will be working with someone who understands the permitting processes and building codes and regulations that are applicable to your local build. Colorado has different regulations to New York, so although your architect may have been an award winner designer back home, that doesn’t mean that they will be able work in Long Island. https://www.americanarchitectureawards.com/

Portfolios Are Beautiful

Most architect will be able to provide you with a portfolio of their designs. You will start to see that each architect, like any artist, has a style of their own. So even though they are working to a client’s specifications there are certain elements that are unique to that particular architect. It is this originality and spark that you are looking for. Making sure that your architect can make your vision come alive is one thing, but you need to ensure that the spark that makes your architect great is actually something that you like. If you go through their entire portfolio and everything is ‘close’ to what you like, but there’s just something that is simply not quite right, go with another architect. Even if they are amazing, award winners, that come highly recommended by everyone you know, if their work doesn’t excite you then the end product won’t be something that you will be happy to live in.

Getting A Bargain

One thing to think about if you are prepared to take a risk is to look at near graduating students (see here) to draw up your plan. Although generally the work will still need to be signed off my a licensed architect, often students need to do a final project to complete their qualifications, and it needs to be suitable for a real world situation – so there is no reason why that project couldn’t be yours. Although you end result will be suitable and up to code, you do run the risk of having a disarray between what you wanted and what the student thought you wanted. This is often simply a lack of experience in interpreting the language of clients. However, you may end up with something even better than if you had gone to an architect with years of experience, simply because the student was happier to be guided by your vision as they are still trying to find their own unique style and flare.

Contractors

One area that you should be sure to talk with your architect about is who to use as a contractor. Although you obviously are not obliged to go with their recommendation, you will often find that professionals in the building industry tend to form relationships and work together on different projects. This means that the building contractors, electricians, plumbers, painters, concrete layers, tilers etc., that you need for your projects are well versed in the language that your architect uses. You have already looked through their portfolio and know that they produce work at a standard you like.

Usually there will be two or three recommended contractors to choose from, as different builders have different strengths, and availabilities. Being able to work with a team who people who already know each other’s strengths and weaknesses will make the whole project run so much smoother.

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