1. Know what you want. Make your wants, needs and goals very clear. It may sound simple, but more problems occur because clients aren’t sure about what they want. Sometimes you may have conflicting ideas and a good architect can help you sort that out.

2. Know how much you can spend. Create a budget that includes a 20% contingency. A good architect will tell you if the budget is realistic.

3. Choose an architect with the level of experience and talent commensurate with the type of project to be undertaken. You don’t need a premiere architect for a one room addition but you do need someone with experience and talent as the project becomes more complex and the expectations are higher.

4. Review the architect’s references. Questions to ask are: were you happy with the outcome? Was the project on time and within the budget? How did the architect get along with the builder? Did you feel that the architect was able to help you fulfill your goals?

A good architect should be able to tailor his/her services to the clients needs and the complexity of the project. A one room addition does not require the same level of service that a custom home does.