If you provide the General Contractor with a well-documented design, then the builder will be able to :
Also, if you would like to obtain multiple bids for the construction of your project, having a complete set of drawings and specifications will enable you to obtain more than one bid and evaluate the costs and time estimates.
On the other hand, if you don't have a complete set of drawings and specifications, the contractor will not have enough information to price your project prior to construction or estimate the time needed to complete the project. Therefore, not being prepared for the construction phase will most likely result in higher prices thru change orders, delays in the project schedule and a stressful & unsatisfying experience. These three consequences alone could easily pay for your architectural fees.
Employing an architect to provide you with professional design services can help you in numerous ways. First and foremost, custom design and construction projects are complex problems to solve due to the level of personal attention & creativity that goes into each job. Let's review a few areas of design expertise that architects provide: