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Trust in Partnership | A Homeowner's Perspective on Hiring an Architect

Being a homeowner contemplating the decision to hire an architect unveils a series of pivotal questions that underscore the benefit of collaboration. With our upcoming Home Tours | by local Architects, we would like to educate the public on the value of architecture. Check out these personal questions answered by a homeowner who hired an architect.

How or why did you decide to hire an architect and what were your initial expectations before starting the project?

We knew we needed an architect due to the size of the project, how particular we would be, and that the vast majority of general contractors/builders in the area are unfamiliar with the mid century modern vibe we wanted. The partnership with our architect, Lauren Thomsen from Lauren Thomsen Design, well exceeded our expectations. We thought we had a really good idea of how to transform the layout of the house but Lauren blew us away during the first concept design meeting. She and her team exposed multiple layout possibilities that never crossed our mind. 

How well did the architect incorporate your preferences and lifestyle needs into the project?

Lauren did a great job listening to what our needs are as a family, how we see ourselves functioning in the space, and incorporating what was important to us from a design aesthetic. Working with a builder that typically leans into traditional projects, we trusted Lauren to correct small details proactively - such as window sills and molding.

What is something that surprised you about the process of working with an architect?

The true passion and personal investment in our project. It was great to see Lauren and her team just as excited as we were during large and small milestones. We'd often stop at the house and send her progress pictures and celebrate together! Lauren was also particular about small details, one example being the tile work in our master bath. She spent hours specing out the lines to ensure that there was clear direction for the layout.

What was a challenge while working on the project and how did you and the architect collaborate for a solution?

We ran into a couple challenges during our project ranging from material costs, mechanical placement, and of course unexpected costs. Lauren was a true partner and came up with solutions that fit the budget and original concept while still achieving the aesthetic look and feel we desired.  

 

Check out more about the upcoming Home Tours (Oct. 14-15) and register here: https://aiaphiladelphia.org/event/2023-aia-philadelphia-home-tours-homes-by-local-architects

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