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Gilbert, AZ 85295
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Getting a Custom Home Architect to Design Your Home (Contd.)

A custom home design architect is someone who will assist you in building your home the way you want.

Call a Custom Home Design Architect in Phoenix to Get the Home of  Your Dreams | 480-710-386

Call a Custom Home Design Architect in Phoenix to Get the Home of Your Dreams | 480-710-386

Why You Should Hire an Architect to Design a Custom Home

A custom home is designed to meet the specifications of the person who commissioned it. That’s where a custom home design architect in Phoenix comes in.

As we covered previously, hire a custom home design architect to make a home that really is all about you. What design elements can you include in a custom home?  A custom home is based on architectural plans that the architect prepares with input from the homeowner. Custom homes can be extravagant or simple based on the plans in questions. A custom home uses plans that differ from ordinary home plans, where the same plan may be sold to many different people.

While there is some customization in a tract house, usually because a builder will change some details such as moving a doorway or getting a different type of window.  However, it’s not really a custom home as the buyer isn’t consulted beforehand. And custom homes start from the ground up.

Hiring a Home Design Architect: The Reasons Why?

Let’s say you’ve bought a big plot of land.  It’s got a view so you want to take advantage of it.  But before you break ground, get an architect on board or you can end up facing fines or other problems, as we will cover in the next part of this article.  There are other reasons.  You love the view of your home, but guess what?  You live in Arizona.

Your home has a lot of southern and western exposure, which is fine from the Fall to the Spring, but in the summer, well, you’d better have a very good air-conditioner and some tinted windows, or your home will soon become unbearably hot.  Or maybe you have the opposite problem.  Your home is perpetually in shadow during the winter because of a hill or other natural features that make sundown come a lot sooner.  An architect in Phoenix can do a lot of modelling on your home to prevent this sort of thing.

Another reason to hire an architect in Phoenix is that he is all about the details.  Let’s say you designed a home for your family, but didn’t take into account the fact that your seven year old daughter is going to be a teenager and soon will start hogging the bathroom.  Or maybe you need a bigger home office for your business.

As you see, there are very good reasons to hire a custom home design architect in Phoenix.


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Why Hire an Architect For Your Home Remodel or Custom Home in Phoenix?

Home-Remodel-Designer-PhoenixAre you considering a Home Remodel of your current home or building a new Custom Home?  If so, this can be such an exciting, yet overwhelming, adventure.  There are so many things to consider and how do you know where to start?

An Architect to Design Your New Custom Home in Phoenix?

If you are designing a new Custom  home, you may really want to consider hiring an Architect.  Ask yourself what your goals are?  Do you just want to pick a stock floor plan out of a book?  Or do you want to take the ideas in your head and create a custom floor plan that meets the needs of YOUR particular lifestyle?  What are the perimeters of your lot and the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R’s) for your community in Phoenix?  Confused already?  For these reasons and many more, hiring an architect will help you with all of these issues and provide you with a design that specifically meets your needs.

An Architect to Design the Remodel of your Home in Phoenix?

Home-Remodel-Designer-ScottsdaleIf you are considering a remodel to your existing home you may question if you need to hire an architect.  Of course, this really depends on the project.  Often times though an architect can provide design ideas that you may not have even considered, ones that will better achieve your original goals for Home Remodeling in the first place.  As they say measure twice, cut once.  A well designed and thought out house plan will give you the best results and a better value for your money spent.

What is an Architect?

There are many options to choose from when you are designing and executing a Home Remodel or building a new Custom Home.  There are draftspeople, designers, space planners, contractors, architects and many more titles that people call themselves.  In the state of Arizona one cannot call themselves an “Architect” unless they have been registered or licensed to practice architecture in the state.  To be a licensed or registered architect in the state of Arizona one must complete a bachelor’s degree in architecture, a 3 year internship and pass an extensive series of licensing tests administered by the State.  What exactly does that mean for you and your residential project?  Hiring an Architect for your project can provide you with a professional that has a wealth of knowledge and expertise that you may not find in an unlicensed designer.

How Do I Choose an Architect in Phoenix?

A good Arizona Architect should provide a no-cost, initial consultation.  This gives you a chance to run your basic ideas by them and get a feel for their design style and if they are someone you can work with.  It is important to find an Architect that you feel confident about and enjoy working with.  A good Architect will be able to help you realize and visualize your ideas on paper to result in a remodel or new build that best meets YOUR needs.  Many times there are several solutions to solve a problem and an Architect can help you define these.

About the Author

Doug Rusk is the owner and principal Architect at DESIGNLine ARCHITECTS.  He believes the initial consultation appointment is an important step for both the client and the Architect.  A relationship must be built in order to establish good communication.  This provides the best possible outcome for your project no matter how big or small.  To set up an appointment contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at to get started on your Home Remodel or new Custom Home Design.
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