Architect Questions

27 Questions To Ask Your Architect:

As you interview architects and home designers, here are some questions to ask to help you choose the best person for your project.

  • What is your process? ______________________________________________________________
  • How long have you been in business? _________________________________________________
  • How many plans have you designed? __________________________________________________
  • How does your fee structure work? ___________________________________________________
  • Do you charge for changes? _________________________________________________________
  • What separates you from other firms? ________________________________________________
  • How often would you visit our job site? ________________ Are site visits included in your fees? Y/N
  • What is and isn’t included in your fee? _________________________________________________
  • What does your plan set look like? ____________________________________________________
  • How often do you create new plans? __________________________________________________
  • What software do you use? __________________________________________________________
  • How quickly can our house plans be created? ____________________________________________
  • Have you personally ever built a home? ________________________________________________
  • Have you built any other significant structures? Y/N If so, what? ____________________________
  • What was the last thing you have built? ________________________________________________
  • Do you recommend any non-traditional materials or products? Y/N If so, what? ________________
  • Who was your favorite client? Why? ___________________________________________________
  • Who is your least favorite client? Why? _________________________________________________
  • How would you describe “value engineering”? ___________________________________________
  • How do you specifically incorporate “value engineering” into your plan designs? _________________________________________________________________________________
  • My budget is ____________________. Can my project be built for that amount? Yes/No
  • How can you be sure my budget will or won’t work?_______________________________________
  • Do you have homes I can walk through? Yes/No Address: _________________________________
  • How quickly will you return my phone calls or emails? ______________________________________
  • Will you work with my builder and interior designer to make sure my home will be built exactly as I designed it? Y/N What if I make changes along the way? ___________________________________
  • Who are 3 references you have designed for in the past 3-5 years that I can talk to?
    • __________________________________________________________________________
    • __________________________________________________________________________
    • __________________________________________________________________________
  • What would your past clients say your strengths and weaknesses in building are?
    • Strengths ____________________________________________________________________
    • Weakness ____________________________________________________________________

 

27 Questions To Ask Your Architect:

As you interview architects and home designers, here are some questions to ask to help you choose the best person for your project.

  • What is your process? 
  • How long have you been in business? 
  • How many plans have you designed? 
  • How does your fee structure work? 
  • Do you charge for changes? 
  • What separates you from other firms?
  • How often would you visit our job site? Are site visits included in your fees? Y/N
  • What is and isn’t included in your fee? 
  • What does your plan set look like?
  • How often do you create new plans? 
  • What software do you use? 
  • How quickly can our house plans be created? 
  • Have you personally ever built a home? 
  • Have you built any other significant structures? Y/N If so, what?
  • What was the last thing you have built? 
  • Do you recommend any non-traditional materials or products? Y/N If so, what?
  • Who was your favorite client? Why? 
  • Who is your least favorite client? Why? 
  • How would you describe “value engineering”? 
  • How do you specifically incorporate “value engineering” into your plan designs? 
  • My budget is _________. Can my project be built for that amount? Yes/No
  • How can you be sure my budget will or won’t work?
  • Do you have homes I can walk through? Yes/No Address: 
  • How quickly will you return my phone calls or emails?
  • Will you work with my builder and interior designer to make sure my home will be built exactly as I designed it? Y/N What if I make changes along the way? 
  • Who are 3 references you have designed for in the past 3-5 years that I can talk to?
  • What would your past clients say your strengths and weaknesses in building are?