Sarah Susanka is pleased to provide a searchable directory of home professionals who embrace the philosophy of designing and building Not So Big.
Homeowners: If you are a homeowner looking for a professional to help you design, build or remodel your home, you can search to find a firm or individual to assist you.
We cannot endorse any one person or firm - you will still need to interview until you find the right person for your project. However, all of the people listed here should be familiar with the philosophy of designing and building Not So Big®, and have indicated enthusiasm and support for the idea.
Home Professionals: If you are a professional involved in home design and improvement, we welcome you to register to be listed here. Click here to learn more about how a listing in the directory could benefit your business.
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Selecting an Architect
As you go about the selection process, it is important to check that the architect is interested in the issues that are bringing you to seek out architectural help. Currently, residential architecture is practiced regularly by only a few architects. Although many architects enjoy designing houses, if they are inexperienced in home design, the process may not go smoothly. Just as you wouldn't go to an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor for a sore foot, so in selecting an architect, it's best to find someone who has made houses their specialty.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has a useful summary sheet about Finding the Right Architect.
Questions To Ask An Architect During Your Selection Process»
Check references carefully, make sure that you like the character and quality of the architect's work, and communicate clearly about your expectations, including budget. As described in The Not So Big House in Chapter Five, people's goals regarding dreams, details and dollars rarely coincide. The architect and the client need to work closely together to make sure that compromises are made in either quality, quantity or cost to design a home that the client can afford. If a builder is selected early in the design process, he or she can also help give pricing information along the way. This is by far the most difficult part of any house design process. Don't think it will go away by not discussing it.
Another excellent resource is your local chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA). Some chapters maintain a list of their members who specialize in residential projects. The AIA also has a searchable data base of all its members, which you can find here: architectfinder.aia.org.
You can find your closest chapter here: www.aia.org/about/structure/components/AIAS078541.
Two additional resources for anyone wanting to hire an architect:
Designing Your Perfect House by William J. Hirsch Jr., AIA
and How To Work With An Architect
by Gerald Lee Morosco, AIA
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