New York City is a beacon for advancements in construction and interior design. But, from intricate interior designs to full-on, ground-up construction, how do you find a qualified architectural and design firm, especially in a place like the Big Apple?
No matter what architecture projects you have in mind, some aspects might require a building permit. So, you have to have a licensed architect. But, you want to make sure you hire a team of qualified experts who will apply their talent to make your dreams come true. You want people who will care about your ideas while maintaining your budget and vision.
Fortunately and unfortunately, NYC is teeming with architects, designers, and interior decorators. Who’s going to be good for the job and how can you be sure they’ll bring your ideas to life? If you’re going to make a serious investment, you want to be certain of the work behind it.
Initial Considerations; Research
You want a company that creates both beauty and value. But, understand that hiring an architect or interior designer can add 15% or more to the total cost of building and renovation. If you’re on a tight budget, then getting estimates from several firms will be an imperative step in the process.
Sometimes, your building management company will have a list of suggested designers and architects. They will understand the idiosyncrasies of your building and you may be able to talk to neighbors who’ve enlisted their services.
If you know anyone who’s hired any such firm for their architecture projects, see what they thought about their experience and if they have any recommendations or tips. Don’t hesitate to ask questions that pry into more “negative” or “difficult” interactions they may have had with any of a firm’s staff.
A Solid Portfolio
It seems like an obvious step that should go without saying, but ensuring they have a solid portfolio you adore is incredibly imperative. If you don’t like what you see, they most likely won’t produce the results you’re looking for.
Talent and experience, although incredibly useful, isn’t everything. You have to ensure you get along with the people you’re going to work with on for any extended period of time. Because things like this can take months to complete, tension will put an unnecessary damper on things. If you don’t get along well with the people, their skill, talent and prestige won’t much matter.
When you meet an architect, observe how they make you feel. Do you like their personality? Do you seem to get along well? Why do you like them? What it is about their demeanor and attitude that draws you? Believe it or not, these questions are more important in the interim than you might think.
Various firms price things in different ways. Some only charge for a total percentage of the job, others charge per itemized job and yet there are those that price out both percentage and per job.
It’s also going to depend on the scope of the work and how much of the entire project they’re contributing to. In some cases, they may only need to do 10% of the overall renovation or construction. You’ll have to decide which method is best for you and what you’re looking for.
What’s more, if you’re uncomfortable about any of the price points included in your estimate, don’t hesitate to negotiate. Ask all the questions you must and don’t simply accept the estimate at face value. This is especially true if you feel there is anything
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