The perfect architect or architectural technologist for your project
There comes a time when homeowners who are considering a major project realize that they really need an architect or an architectural technologist. Maybe this is your case? If you are about to embark on a project that requires an architectural plan for a new home, a room addition (garage, porch or other) or if you've encountered a problem with the outer envelope of your building, then you'll need the help of an architect or an architectural technologist.
What are the roles of architects and technologists in the construction process?
The architect performs one of the most important roles in your project. By creating your building plans, they provide a solid basis for your project on which the construction will ultimately rest upon. If using a plan designed by yourself or an unlicensed contractor, certain errors may be made or important details may be left out. For example, the measurements may not be perfectly to scale, which will create unwanted surprises during construction. Often it is a legal requirement to have plans drawn up by a licensed architect before any construction takes place. The tasks and responsibilities of an architect are primarily categorized into 3 main categories of design: durability, functionality and harmony.
Whether your project is to build, renovate or expand, an architect will be able to assist you with the initial planning stages by providing expert advice on the different possibilities available to you. The main stages of your project where you will reap the most benefits from the work of an architect are:
The conception: During the conception stage, a synergy must be shared by the client and the architect to arrive at the perfect design. A good architect will listen to your ideas and come back with suggestions.
The creation: The architect is able to convert the ideas you have collaborated on into the form of sketches and drawings. The architect will propose different solutions by adjusting details to the preferences of the customer in order to arrive at the optimal solution.
The realization: Once the final plans have been accepted, the architect does not disappear from the process. They will make sure that the plans are understood and that they will be followed to the letter with you and one of the contractors referred by Reno-Assistance. So it's a great deal of coordination between the architect, the contractor, your renovation advisor at Reno-Assistance and yourself. With all these players involved in the process, you can not go wrong on your way to a successfully completed project.
After the realization: At the end of the work, the architect will continue to follow up with you to make sure that everything has been finalized in the project and that the building is now habitable and in a state that suggests durability and longevity.
Do I need an architectural plan?
Why should we hire an architect for certain types of work? Can a contractor simply do the work himself directly with his experience?
It is important to know if the law requires the implication of an architect or not depending on the type of work to be performed. Regardless, the services of an architect are reassuring and relevant in several ways. Through our verification, we have found the best architects who will offer you construction designs at competitive prices. Our verification also ensures that, in the past, these architects have demonstrated integrity in their projects and that they have several satisfied client references to prove it, in addition to having all the right work permits.
To know if your project requires an architect, technologist, engineer or any other construction or design professional, it is essential to consult your municipality. To obtain an idea of the necessity for certain construction or design professionals, the following is a list of certain types of projects for which you are likely to require one of the aforementioned experts.
Architect: New construction, home expansion, water infiltration problems, any building issues and all the commercial, industrial and institutional projects.
Licensed Technologist OAA (Ontario only): Maximum 4-storey residential construction and low-rise apartment building
Architectural technologist (Quebec only): New construction and home addition under 3200 sq/ft., in addition to building and home conversions.
Engineer: Modification of a structure (bearing wall), load calculations, home additions on a pier foundation, house lifting, structural work of a balcony or any other work that will affect the structure of the building.
No compulsory plan: Non-structural renovation projects and finishing projects.
Can an architect help you with your project?
- Residential sector:
For a home, cottage, condo or other home type, architects can help you design a renovation or construction plan.
- Commercial sector: Building or renovating a clinic, restaurant, shop, hotel, apartment building or any other type of business. We have architects with ample experience to refer to you in order to ensure a design that will attract and dazzle your clientele.
- Industrial sector: For warehouses, distribution centres and other industrial establishments, it is important to have a layout that optimizes production. The services of a quality architect will help you achieve your goals without a doubt!
- Institutional sector: When building, renovating or re-modelling schools, hospitals, town halls or any other type of institution belonging to a municipality, we can refer architects with specific experience in this field and the portfolio and references to prove their track record.
The benefits of using the services of architects and architectural technologists
With their vast experience in projects of different styles, our architects know how to turn an idea into a fulfilled dream. They have the role of recreating boring, lifeless structures into masterpieces that emit extraordinary energy. The role of the architect is simple; they take your ideas and preferences and shape them in order to give you a structural plan that meets your needs, matches your style and ultimately provides you with a home in which you will be comfortable and proud to live in.
Several studies have been carried out to evaluate human behaviour in the workplace and in general productivity rates have increased by 6 to 16% in establishments with "green" architecture, while absenteeism has decreased by 15% on average in the same type of environment. Therefore, in a commercial environment, using an architect with a strong background in this type of architecture can provide extra intrinsic benefits to a workplace environment.
In the end, an architectural plan ensures that your project is realized in line with your ideas, your needs, and your budget.
A solid architectural plan will give you an overview of your project and its possibilities. This is not an easy task. The architecture professionals we have partnered with will work with you, analyze your needs and present preliminary drawings and plans for each step. They'll provide you with a "perspective view" or even a realistic and colourful representation of your home or expansion project, at the agreed upon price.
Thanks to FREE references from Reno-Assistance, the best architectural plans can be carried out perfectly for your project.
You can count on Reno-Assistance to start your project on the right foot. We have a large network of experts, including architects and architectural technologists who specialize in your particular project - and many satisfied customers can attest to this.
Find the best architect or the best architectural technologist for your project, all for free!
At Reno-Assistance, we can simplify your life! We have already found the best architects and architectural technologists for any project that requires an architectural plan so that you can start yours right away. We will only refer you to architects that are members of the OAA (Ontario) or the OAQ (Quebec) or technologists that are members of the A.A.T.O. (Ontario) or the OTPQ (Quebec) who can draw your plans to the highest professional standards, the most rigorous requirements and according to your budget.
An architectural plan that contains drawings, design specifications, calculations and other documents is, without question, the pillar of your project. Indeed, it serves as a means of communication between the following key people:
- You (who expresses your requirements)
- Architects and architectural technologists (who turn your requirements and ideas into the plans)
- The contractor (who builds your home or home extension/addition according to the plans)
Call us today or fill out our contact form on the right side of this page to receive a call from a renovation advisor who can help you find the right architect or architectural technologist for FREE!