Frequently Asked Questions
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- Why should I hire an architect?
Architecture isn't just for the wealthy or for special buildings like museums and art galleries. Working with an architect can save you time and money and can make your new home or remodeled space more functional, energy efficient, comfortable and environmentally responsible. An architect can help you find the needed professionals for your projects including engineers and a builder.
- How much will this cost?
There is no specific pricing method for each project. Many architects charge clients on an hourly basis, especially for small projects. For large projects the fee may be calculated based on a wide variety of factors, including the hours to be worked and the complexity of the project.
- Will my project require special permits?
There are many factors that determine whether or not you will need special permits. If you own waterfront property in New Hampshire then you will need to abide by the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act. If you are adding additional living space, you may need a new septic system study and permit. Depending on what you plan to accomplish, you may need permission from the appropriate Zoning Board of Appeals. An architect can help you to successfully navigate the application process.
- I want to build a "green" house and not end up in the "poor" house!
Incorporating green design technology doesn't have to be really expensive. In the simplest terms, an architect can help you to take advantage of existing conditions, including passive solar systems. Using high-performance insulation products and local building materials are part of "green" building design as well.
- What does it mean to be "LEED" certified?
This means that the person has successfully completed the exam designed by the U.S. Green Building Council on the requirements for the Leadership in Environmental Education and Design (LEED) green building system. You can learn more about the LEED rating system by visiting the USGBC website at www.usgbc.com.
- What does "AIA" signify?
It means the architect is a member in good standing with the American Institute of Architects. All AIA members must be registered architects, and must fulfill the AIA requirements for continuing education. An architect does not have to be a member of AIA to be licensed or registered to practice. The AIA is a professional group for architects as AMA is a professional group for physicians.