Wheather you are renovating an old house or building a new one, finding an architect is one of the most important steps in the process. Finding the right architect might seem like a challenging task if you have never gone through the process before. Here are a few tips on how to find reasonably priced architects.
First browse your local listing and the internet for reputable architects. Canada 411 is a great place to start your search. After you have found a few listings, make some phone calls and find architects within your budget range. Compile a list of the architects that fit your budget and then do further research.
When you are researching the architects, be sure to ask for references, samples or pictures of houses they have designed or are designing. Inquire to see if you might be able to view a house that has been completed. Often architects will have homes that they can display for new customers. Let the architect know what you want out of your project and ask for a sample of something that may fit your needs.
After you see the samples from each architect, choose an architect to design your new space. Remember it is important that the price is discussed and formalized in a contract form. This way if the costs change in any way he will be obligated to inform you. This will keep your budget in line and hopefully help your architect to design something that fits your needs and your budget.