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  • 2 Reviews

    We are a small architectural practice specialising in Residential and Rural Architecture. Wether its a new build a renovation or extension we will be able to assist you with your next project. Read more


    Nina: I engaged Chris for a small renovation job. Chris' architectural e...   Read more reviews

    11 July 2013

  • Tweed Coast Design and Drafting can provide services for all your residential drafting needs, wherever you might be in Australia. We have completed projects in every state except Tasmania. In 2... Read more

    Cabarita Beach,NSW

    Walter: I am very happy with the work that he did. And, I am very happy wit...   Read more reviews

    28 August 2013

  • 4 Reviews

    We are a freelance 3D Visualisation and drafting service, producing quality Design Concepts and Drafting. Our 3D renderings create a powerful first impression of what a new development will look li... Read more


    Dom: Very pleasant to deal with. Gave package option with different pric...   Read more reviews

    8 September 2015

  • 2 Reviews

    Hello! I am Shohreh Zabihian, an architectural designer and the director of Shohreh Design Studio. I started this company 2 years ago but I have over 10 years of experience in designing homes acros... Read more


    Sam: Highly recommended, they gave us great advice for our new double st...   Read more reviews

    14 August 2015

  • 7 Reviews

    We are Connie Alessi and Paul Sofronov, the team behind Archemy. We are masters of: • Interior design • Design concept and development • Furniture procurement • Project management We offer... Read more


    Sid: He was good and would recommend him to others.   Read more reviews

    11 August 2015

  • 2 Reviews

    We have an interior design business and focus on hospitality projects like Restaurants , Cafe's and Function centres as well as Residential Projects. All our team members are fully qualified in i... Read more


    Gulrukh: Faiza was punctual and very helpful. Her communication was prompt a...   Read more reviews

    19 February 2015

  • 3 Reviews

    I.S. Design Studio is an Architecture and Interior design business that work around Sydney regions providing a friendly and professional standard service, I.S.Design Studio team will stylishly and ... Read more


    Helen: Excellent services! I will definitely recommend them to whoever is ...   Read more reviews

    26 March 2015

  • 5 Reviews

    Residential design and documentation - with flair!! No job too small. 30 years experience. Very budgetary conscious and a good understanding of solar factors. Have degree in Architecture , but cu... Read more


    Murray: did a good job. i was satisfied with their service.   Read more reviews

    16 March 2015

  • 2 Reviews

    We are your complete building service with over 30 yrs experience. We cover the full range of jobs. From decks to renovations through to your dream home. From 3D draftsman, engineers & excavators... Read more


    Debbie: David has been reliable, thorough and trustworthy. it was a pity ...   Read more reviews

    6 March 2013

  • 2 Reviews

    I am a qualified Building Designer and Urban Planner, with Bachelors in Architecture and Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, having experience of over 11 years in Australia and overseas. I ... Read more


    Tarun: Shruti is a professional and knowledgable Architect with immense kn...   Read more reviews

    19 September 2013

  • 2 Reviews

    Collaboration is the driving force behind all great designs. The team at Collaborate Creative Designs will work effectively with all involved to ensure your projects objectives are surpassed. We a... Read more


    Alexx: From day 1 to completion Danica has been fantastic. As a middle age...   Read more reviews

    2 October 2014

  • 2 Reviews

    Brent Reid, Building Designer, formed EcoSphereDesign in 2003 to create sophisticated, joyful, contemporary homes with an environmental conscience. In April 2011 EcoSphereDesign expanded the Sy... Read more


    Shoreh: We found Brent, from EcoSphere very professional and open minded in...   Read more reviews

    11 July 2013

  • 2 Reviews

    Having been in the industry since 2000, our company specializes in small and medium density Residential and small commercial work. From Architectural services to project management, we are always a... Read more


    Katie: Roger was a pleasure to deal with, he came up with a great design f...   Read more reviews

    1 October 2012

  • 2 Reviews

    For all your Home Renovations/Extension, Architectural Design with that WOW factor, Housing Design with a difference, Floor Plans and all your Drafting Services. Fast and Friendly Service at a very... Read more


    Rod: Good job, thank you.   Read more reviews

    28 May 2013

  • 4 Reviews

    Caxis Architects is an established architectural practice; set up in 2005 and trading as Illori Design. Caxis Architects is highly involved in smaller projects ranges from residential, commercial a... Read more

    Stafford Heights,QLD

    Cheryl: Caxis delivered a great result through cooperation and team work wi...   Read more reviews

    24 June 2014

  • 3 Reviews

    I have been in the drafting business for 5 years. I have experience in residential design and landscape design. I draft anything from a pergola, garage, granny flat, alterations and additions, new... Read more

    Old Toongabbie,NSW

    June: Genuine, helpful and overall looks after you. Andrew is the right p...   Read more reviews

    4 March 2017

  • Australian Engineering Consultants We have been in the building design industry for over 20 years and specialize in structural engineering and preparing architectural drawings for council approv... Read more


    Song: Great engineering services. Highly recommended. thanks   Read more reviews

    30 July 2016

  • Architectural Drafting | Building Designs From sketch to construction, we can make your dream project come to life. At I & K Dezzine, it's the design that matters. We listen to you and bring ... Read more


    Mick: The job was completed on time, on budget, to a professional standar...   Read more reviews

    6 August 2016

  • 5 Reviews

    We do all types of building plans from Commercial, Institutional, Educational and Residential. We Specialise in Unit Developments, New Homes, Extensions, as well as Decks, Patios, Carports etc. Our... Read more


    Nina: We were happy with the plans he drew up. Well priced.. :-)   Read more reviews

    23 May 2016

  • 6 Reviews

    JAA Building Design is an East Perth based building design studio that strives on delivering the best outcome for our clients needs. The studio focus on residential and multi-residential projec... Read more

    East Perth,WA

    Moyna: I was very happy with the work completed by JAA and would definitel...   Read more reviews

    30 September 2014

  • 14 Reviews

    EC WORKSHOP is an Architectural firm established in 2012 by Founder and Architect, Edwin Cheng. (NSW Registration 8920) EC WORKSHOP can provide architectural and interior design services on a... Read more


    Nino: We have worked with Edwin on several projects for my two CBD restau...   Read more reviews

    26 July 2016

  • 4 Reviews

    MKCA+studio is an Architectural firm. We place human experience at the centre of our design process in order to deliver engaging, future-oriented projects that are underpinned by one main tenet... Read more

    East Hills,NSW

    Melvyn: Great to work with. Smart and professional.   Read more reviews

    24 January 2016

  • 2 Reviews

    WELCOME TO NETWORK DESIGNS We are a local Melbourne Metropolitan based Architectural Drafting firm and we cater for all your building permit needs all round. From our intial freindly consult... Read more

    Mill Park,VIC

    Robert: Friendly and helpful.   Read more reviews

    11 November 2013

  • 2 Reviews

    Vista Concept Dimensions is a design practice providing architectural services to individual clients and building industry practices. At VCD we offer the following services: Urban Design Buildi... Read more

    Sheidow Park,SA

    Ash: Vista Concept Dimensions proved to be a great choice as there were ...   Read more reviews

    1 April 2014

  • 2 Reviews

    We specialise in providing high quality design and drafting services for your residential project at an affordable price. We will work closely with you to achieve your dream. We can provide a f... Read more


    Livia: Cate was wonderfully professional and prompt with her communication...   Read more reviews

    15 August 2013

  • 7 Reviews

    We're a Building contractor licensed as a registered builder with the QBCC, a proud member of the HIA and have been building in Queensland since 1979 with the same subcontractors family members sti... Read more


    Jim: Waterproofing was completed 3 years ago. Solution put in place has...   Read more reviews

    15 August 2015

  • 3 Reviews

    Liquid Design Pty Ltd is a multi-disciplined design company with over 18 years of international experience and offers a complete range of interior design, building design services, graphics, projec... Read more


    James: Chris was very easy to deal with, flexible in approach and full of ...   Read more reviews

    27 July 2013

  • Melbourne Engineering Consultants is a company specialising in Structural, Civil Engineering and Soil Testing. With a broad range of experience and expertise in the Building and Construction Indu... Read more


    Tony: I've engaged Melbourne Engineering to prepare a stormwater drainage...   Read more reviews

    18 November 2013

  • 5 Reviews

    AJH Design Drafting works with you to design a home that will function for your family. Specialising in alterations and additons with over 18 years experience in the industry we have also proudl... Read more


    Libby: I haven't had Angela out yet, but her email was very informative an...   Read more reviews

    11 March 2014

  • 16 Reviews

    74 Design is an Architectural Drafting and Design Business specialising in Architectural Drafting and Design for sustainable Living and Working Environments. We specialise in C.A.D including both 2... Read more

    Booker Bay,NSW

    Sue: Extremely satisfied with the services provided from Anthony. Compet...   Read more reviews

    5 August 2015

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What You Need to Know about Hiring Architects

Sometimes property owners fail to realise how complicated the building process can be. Until they are faced with a myriad of design options and stringent building codes, they would think that getting advice from architects is unnecessary.

Whether you’re looking to construct a new building or home, expand your existing property, or renovate a space and turn it into something different, you should hire architects to have a professional guide you throughout the whole process.

What do architects do?

Architects are trained and registered professionals, and the type of work that they do are quite varied. Their expertise basically covers design and planning, but they can also take on roles that cover a broad range of responsibilities. Because of the diversity of projects that they handle, their services may also change depending on the needs of their clients.

Architectural services may include:

  • Documentation
  • Contract administration
  • Team organisation
  • Collaboration and communication
  • Product research
  • Brief development
  • Specification writing
  • Conservation
  • Restoration
  • Post-occupancy evaluation

Which should you hire: architects or building designers?

It’s easy to overlook the differences between architects and building designers because when you get down to it, both of them deal with creating designs for homes, buildings, and other types of structure. However, it still pays to know how to differentiate one from the other and when you should hire an architect or a building designer.

Architects have finished a university degree in architecture, and they have worked on at least two years of practical experience before taking and passing the registration examinations. Meanwhile, building designers often have a background in drafting or drawing. They don’t have a degree in architecture, and they usually start out as draftsmen; but some Australian states offer licensing to building designers as well.

Now, when is it best to hire an architect? When is a building designer enough? If you have a large commercial project or if you’re doing a complex renovation or new house design, you should go to a licensed architect. However, if you’re only dealing with small residential projects or minor renovation work, the skills of a building designer would suffice.

What are the advantages of hiring licensed architects?

There are many things that architects can help you with, and they are not only concerned with the design aspect or the technical side of the building process. They can assist you with more practical matters too.

  1. They can help you define your building needs.
    Architects are thorough when it comes to the details of a project, and by asking about your preferences and needs, they can clearly define your requirements and the scope of work that should be done. Consequently, this will help you have a clear idea on the budget needed to successfully obtain all the materials. This will enable you to think out a better plan so that the building process can go smoothly.

  2. They can help you make plans.
    With their experience in the industry, they can anticipate possible issues with the layout and design of your property. Aside from that, they can also offer solutions that will best address these things. They can come up with flexible designs for your changing needs.

  3. They can help you see the big picture.
    They’re knowledgeable in various aspects, and they can help you understand how a certain kind of material can affect the overall structure of your property. Will the design of your roof or bathroom have an impact on the look or soundness of your home?

  4. They can provide solutions.
    Architects are trained to solve problems in the most creative way. When you hire innovative architects for your project, you can definitely get an array of options and alternatives that would be perfect for you. For instance, if you’re looking to have a bigger space for a home office, they can design a room that has enough space for your needs.

What should you look for when hiring architects?

Looking for architects can be baffling. How do you compare one from the other? How can you say that one person is better than the other? How do you know if the third architect who showed an interest in your job is the best candidate among the bunch?

Here are some of the things to check when selecting an architect for your project:

✓ Expertise

As mentioned earlier, architects can handle different aspects of a construction project; they can provide a variety of services. Nevertheless, you should make sure that they have adequate knowledge on the type of structure that you’re going to build. If it’s your dream home, you should go for residential architects. If it’s going to be a commercial building, you better tap commercial architects.

✓ Customer feedback

Reviews made by previous clients can be seen on the businesses’ Service Seeking profiles. If you take the time to read up on them, you can have a good idea about their skills, attitude, and professionalism. While it’s important to ensure that you are hiring qualified pros, you should also look into their ability to meet deadlines, their personality, and other things that are non-negotiable for you. Check out these reviews on some of the site’s top architects:

”Rammi a pleasure to deal with, wasn't too sure on process of planning an extension but made it easy & found him knowledgeable at a fair price for his services. Has a great team & is quick to respond & was always available when needed. Highly recommended!" - Bill on rK Designs

”When my wife and I decided to proceed with renovations to our home we chose to work with Rob Harris from Elements of Home. Rob not only did all of the design work and drawings, but everything from council applications to the issuing of planning and building permits. Rob also helped us put together a panel of builders and then guided us through the interview process. His knowledge and experience with building contracts was invaluable and made our task of choosing a builder so much easier. We are delighted with the professional and pleasant manner in which Rob has helped us through all of the various stages involved, and we would be happy to recommend him to anyone contemplating a residential project.” - John on Rob Harris

✓ Pricing

Compare prices from different businesses. Typically, the average cost of architectural design services is $35/hr, but this may change depending on the scope of work and the complexity of the job. Don’t hesitate to ask businesses about their quotes. This will certainly help in making things clear for the both of you.