When deciding to build and design your new home, the next step is to organise who you are going to contact to get the ball rolling. Both Architects and Draftsman determine building design, ensure your building meets the required regulations and suggest floor plans for your home, yet their roles vary when it comes down to the nitty gritty of building your dream home.
Architects must complete 5 to 6 years of study to gain a bachelor degree and only then can they begin to practise. For this reason, architects often charge more for their time but can provide a wider scope of ideas, knowledge and expertise. Architects are often the backbone of a project. From planning of the core structures to the final aesthetically pleasing lighting plan, an architect is also well versed in building codes, safety regulations and zone laws. Architects often work in sync with your builder, or a builder of their own to ensure successful construction of your home continues from start to finish.
Draftsmen on the other hand are often the less expensive option due to the reduced amount of rigorous training and decreased time spent studying. As well as architects, draftsmen are highly skilled in computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) tools. Draftsmen are more commonly hired when you have a pre-determined idea of exactly what you want. They will draw your housing plan to building and council regulations and pass these on to your builder.
If you ware wanting someone to follow your renovation journey from start to finish, an architect is fit for you. Architects are also much more experienced in experimenting with complex design and unique renovations. If you are on a tight budget and have a fairly solid idea of what you are after, a draftsman is for you.
In the end, the most important step to deciding who you hire should be based upon past client feedback and convincing research from their past jobs. Each draftsman or architect will often have his or her own unique style so make sure you pick one that you are happy with. It is important to research the architect or draftsmen you are after and ensure that you are confident and convinced to begin your next adventure.