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Do You Really Need An Architect?
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 • Posted November 25, 2008 10:00 PM

When you decide that you want to build there are a lot of decisions that you will have to make. One of the most important decisions will be what type of house you are going to build and where are you going to get the plans? If you already know what type of house you want but you can’t find any plans that you can find that are exactly what you are looking for you might want to think about having your plans custom drawn by some one. Your next question might be do you really need an architect? Here is some information that will help you to answer that question for yourself.

The first thing is to know that it is not required that you have an architect draw up your house plans. You have to have an engineer look over them and put his stamp of approval with his signature but you don’t have to have an actual architect draw up the plans you give to the engineer.

The second thing is to know why people pick to use an architect. There are a lot of things that go into drawing up a house plan. There are different layouts for the floor plans along with measurement and placements of bearing walls different information for the electrical layout along with the plumbing layouts that can get really in depth. Because architects know the different codes and standard procedures they are more accustom of what needs to go into house plans then other people that you might have draw your house plans may be.

The third thing is that you can have a drafting student or some one that has just graduated from college and is going to be an architect draw up your plans. This is a great way to have your house plans drawn up for a cheaper price than what you would pay an experienced architect to do the same job. The reason why it is going to be cheaper is because they need the experience and to get the experience they have to charge a cheaper price.

These are just some of the things that you will want to take into consideration when you are wondering if you really need an architect. There is a lot of work involved if you decide not to use an architect but there is also a lot of money that you can save as well. The decision comes down to how much is the work and time worth to you. If you don’t want to deal with having to find out all the information yourself and having to shop around for a drafter it might be worth the extra money just to have an architect draw them up and be done with them. But if you really don’t want to spend the money then you might want to look at other options. There is not right or wrong answer it is just up to you to decide for yourself do you really need an architect.

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Always look at the Texas Registered Commission Construction site for licensed and registered builders ( by calling 877-651-TRCC).

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