28 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?
    1. ____________________
    2. ____________________
    3. ____________________

  • What would your past clients say your strengths and weaknesses in building are?
    -Strengths ____________________
    -Weakness ____________________

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