Ok, you've made a big decision...you're really going to build the home of your dreams...or perhaps you're finally going to remodel that old house which never quite met your needs, but you still like the neighborhood. Either way, you don't want to make a mistake, and you certainly don't want to spend all that time and money if the final product doesn't fulfill your goals and aspirations.
For most people, your home may be the largest single purchase you'll ever make, yet it's surprising how many people spend more time picking out a new car than they do in deciding what kind of home is right for them. People who sell houses will tell you it's only about whether "the wife likes the kitchen", or that "it's a good investment" because it has the correct number of bedrooms. I sell lifestyles, because no home is a good value if it doesn't meet your needs and enhance the way you live. For about the same cost as yet another sales commission, I can design a home or addition that not only reflects your unique lifestyle and personality, but also makes a substantial investment in your happiness and quality of life.
Now don't get me wrong...not everyone needs an architect to design their house. If you want a basic roof over your head or plan to live there for only a year or two, then by all means, find a plan in a book and take it to a reputable contractor; but if you're serious about wanting a home that will add to the enjoyment of life for years to come, then talk to an architect like me before you build.