Do I need an architect, an engineer or a draftsman?

No matter the size or complexity of your job, every project needs some sort of designer. But the big question is – do you need an architect, an engineer or a draftsman?

Those new to the renovation game may not know where to start when it comes to selecting the right expert. It can be hard to know what skills are needed without looking at what each specialist can bring to the table. We’ll break it down for you so you can get the right person for the job.

When to choose an architect

So, you have a vision but need a bit of creative flair added to your project to bring it to life? That’s where you would seek the help of an architect. Architects can assist with a lot more than what you think, and they’re vastly qualified, offering a huge range of expertise particularly when it comes to complex design jobs. An architect can provide great assistance with navigating the Building Code, design of the project and can be available throughout the building process. If you’re investing a lot of money into your project and want to build your dream home, engaging with an architect would be your best bet to bring your vision to life.

When to choose a draftsman

Any project can recruit the help of a draftsman. Although they don’t have the expertise or extensive design knowledge you would get from an architect who brings that extra 5% design magic, a draftsman is great for assisting with the technical aspect of your project design. While still qualified within the technical side of design, they’re able to aid in gaining the right consents and providing a solid roadmap for your project, provided your job is relatively straightforward.

When to choose an engineer

If your project is simple in nature and doesn’t require the expertise of someone with a design background, then an engineer is the right person for the job. You may need a retaining wall, or an internal wall to be removed for your kitchen – both jobs can just require the assistance of an engineer. This will ensure it is done right to ensure no problems down the track.

It’s important to evaluate the complexity of your project, and who you want to work with to bring your vision to life. Architects, draftsmen and engineers all have their place within a project and it’s just a matter of finding the right one for the job.

If you have a project in the pipeline and are on the hunt for a team of trusted builders to bring it to life, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!

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