As a child, it was always your dream to build a restaurant, which serves authentic italian cuisine. Finally, after years of hardwork and savings, you’ve enough money open one.
The key important thing over here will be choosing an architecture firm that’ll be able to pull this project off for you. Now, we don’t need to tell you how crucial this step this. Because if you end up making the wrong choice here, not only you’ll lose a whole bunch of money but you’ll also end up with a commercial property that you don’t love.
Nobody wants that. Nobody.
But how do you go about choosing an architecture firm? What are things that one need to keep in mind while making decision? On what basis, should you compare one firm with another?
All these are pertinent questions that you need to ask before deciding on a firm that’ll take your dream forward and give it a tangibility. You have to choose a firm that’ll take the vision in your head, design it, and create something that is larger than life.
Below, we’re listening few checkmarks that you need to tick before you finalise on an architecture firm:
1) Have they worked on something like this before?
All the top architecture firms have a strong portfolio that precedes them as a reputation. While choosing the firm, you need to ensure that it has architects that’ll understand the uniqueness to your project while ensuring it sticks to a certain standard of what your type of commercial building is. Not only it requires a sound technical knowledge, it also needs the ability to take risk and innovate. But most importantly, the firm need to understand your vision and execute it, surprising even you when the final design is finished.
2) Have you checked their references?
If it’s a good firm, it must have a clientele that’ll be willing to back its claim for acing the architectural role. So, make sure you talk to its previous clients, especially the ones that hired the firm for the same purpose as yours. Sometimes, while research, all appears to be good. However, when you go on-ground, talking to real people — problems begin to surface. And you’ll save a lot of money and time if you learn whether the firm is worth the name or not in advance rather than later when it’s too late.
3) Is the accredited/certified by official bodies?
A lot of people don’t focus on this and they end up on the worst side of the bargain. While enquiring about any firm, please check for their accreditation to know where they can hold their grounds. Certifications from official bodies say that this firm knows what it does and that it’s legal. Once, a layman got into a contract with a ponzi-scheme running in the name of an architectural firm — don’t be that person. Make sure you do a thorough research on the background before signing up with any firm.
More often than not, architectural projects are consuming — both in terms of time and finances. So, it’s important to know who you’re tying hands with right from the beginning. If you do your research well and follow what we’ve said above, you’ll be able to find a top architecture firm that’ll turn your dream into a tangible reality.