Gathering of Information
If you have settled with an architect and agreed on how to work, the architect will visit your site of construction and survey it. He will then create floor plans and exterior elevations and give you a copy.
The professional will also visit the county or city building department and review the applicable records. The records may include: previous surveys, existing homes, or previous liens on the property. After gathering the information the professional will create a plan that shows what needs to be done and by when.
Designing the House
Now the architect will design your house. When designing the house he will consider your ideas. He also has to consider the building regulations and restrictions in the area.
At this stage the architect will create graphics, illustrations, and sketches of how the house will look like. He will include features such as windows and doors. In some cases the sketches may come without doors and windows.
Once the professional has talked with you and agreed on all the areas of the house, he will create refined drawings. From the drawings you will be able to figure out how the house will look like. For example, you will be able to know where the kitchen, bathroom or septic tanks will be. In addition to the refined drawing, the architect will also incorporate the specifications of the materials, assembly details, and the relevant code details.
Selecting a Contractor
Once the house plan is ready and has been approved by the relevant authorities, the architect will help you in choosing the right contractor who will give you the results that you need. If you don’t have time to interview contractors, the professional will recommend the best one for you.
Once the construction process has started, the architect will help you with construction administration. Here the professional will be visiting the construction site regularly to ensure that everything is done according to plan.