In case you’ve ever questioned why architecture is vital – look all around. You are likely surrounded by it right now. By definition, Architecture is the designed environment of any man-made space. It’s not solely about providing shelter; architecture sets the stage and context for our lives. That is why we feel thrilled as we stand on the roof deck of a 50-story building, connected and thriving in a hectic public mall, and humbled in a soaring cathedral.
A Vision for Good Architecture
Good architectural layout is often taken for granted. We go about our daily lives and don’t often consider the elements that make up the buildings we function within. The importance of architecture cannot be overstated. Good architecture complements our daily lives in ways that we do not often realize. Think about it: would you really be happy in a house that has just four blank walls and a single door? That wouldn’t very appealing, would it?
Architects bring their vision and expertise to a space, giving it life and purpose. They know how to guide your eye through the essential elements of your home; from your favorite nook to stunning views framed by massive windows.
This process isn’t easy. A good architect will strive to ensure that a home’s “flow” makes sense—that the structure is straightforward and ideal to move around in. Good flow can make your life more efficient.
With their pencils and computers, a skilled Architect can bring the homeowner’s vision into reality, showing them what is possible and offer solutions they might never have considered.
Also, you need to consider that in most cities in the Saint Louis area, plans from an architect or engineer are necessary for a project to be approved. The city boards seek to ensure that their residents are safely operating within structurally sound homes and buildings that don’t threaten the surrounding environment.
Traditional vs. Design Build
Under the traditional model, the burden is usually directly on the homeowner to seek out an architect for their project. This process can be time consuming and expensive. In the end, the homeowner is left with plans that they have to then seek out carpenters, plumbers, electricians, etc. to execute. Another pitfall is that independent architects may not know the full abilities of the contractors you may employ and design something that will be difficult to build.
This isn’t the case under the Design Build model. Design Build Firms are organized collectives of talented individuals covering every base of an existing home’s remodel or new home’s construction. Architects can collaborate seamlessly with the other members of the team to ensure that the proposed design is possible and affordable, keeping costs and stress levels down for the client. You can rest easier knowing your project is being managed by a well-organized firm that has your best interests in mind.
Another consideration for larger projects has been the advent of 3D modeling software. With modern computer programs, we can now turn an architect’s concepts from flat drawings to interactive 3D renderings that can show different options and better predict the costs of a project.
The Agape Difference
At Agape, we have employed the Design Build model for over 37 years. Our company was originally founded by skilled engineer, Kevin O’Brien, to help make the home building process easier for his clients. We continue that vision today by employing Interior Designers, Project Consultants, Project Managers, Carpenters, Laborers, Handymen and of course, Architects. For the services we don’t directly supply ourselves we utilize trusted subcontractors in each local area, including plumbing, electrical, landscaping, and more.
Do you have a project on your mind that could benefit from the influence of a skilled Architect or the entire Agape Team? We would be thrilled to hear about it. Call us today at 314-909-9050 to discuss your project and see what we can build together.
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