My company is a bit unique in that we specialize in Architect driven construction. We believe that the first step toward a high quality build or remodel is to hire an AIA registered Architect. Here’s a brief outline of how most of our projects start:
– Client interviews several Architects then chooses one they think is a good fit for their project.
– Early in the Design/Development phase the Architect tells the client to interview 2-3 builders they have worked with to find one they like. (90% of our business is Architect referrals like this)
– Risinger Homes is hired with a Professional Services Agreement before plans get too far along so we can help with budgeting/engineering/building science, etc. We typically “ballpark” the construction costs early in the design phase so clients will know what they are planning to build will generally cost. This is really helpful to clients so they don’t end up with a finished plan that’s 2x what they wanted to spend.
– Once final plans are completed we send them out to bid with our sub-contractor partners. A final budget is established and we sign a Construction Contract to start work.
This is a bit simplified but you get the idea. The traditional method of “going out to bid” with 3 builders & completed plans is a very bad idea and our method of getting involved early saves a ton of stress/hassle in the process. By interviewing us early in the process we establish a Team between Architect, Client, and Risinger Homes. We disclose our fee structure at the start then work “open book” to show everyone where the costs of the project are headed with the given plans & specifications. We establish trust with our clients early with our integrity and honest bidding/estimating and the final product really shows!
So with this process in mind here are 20 great questions from the American Institute of Architects to ask when you are first interviewing Architects for your project. Best, Matt Risinger