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 CF Architects Interiors Studios

In need of an architect for a new project or reno but don’t know how or where to find the right one?

Fear not. We chatted with the team at CF Architects, a Bryanston-based architecture firm and interiors studio, to find out exactly how to go about finding the right architect for the job.

What should a client keep in mind when looking for an architect?

“Each architect brings their own combination of skills, expertise and design values to a project but, above all else, an architect should be a great listener. Only with a great ability to hear what you, the client, want can they translate your idea into a viable construction project.”

“The most thoughtful architects are as careful in selecting their clients as owners are in selecting architects. They are as interested in a successful project as you are and they know that good architecture results from fruitful collaboration between architects and clients. The best strategy is to sit down with your architect and identify the services needed. Recognise that even when several services are designated at the outset, other services may be required once you are underway.

“Be prepared to answer questions about your project’s purpose, budget, time frame, site and the team of players you anticipate being involved with the project. Once again, be frank, and inform the architect of any information you want to be kept in confidence.”

Do all building jobs really need an architect? 

“If you are thinking about building or renovating, it is important that you always consider who you are going to engage to do the design work for you very carefully. Any construction work, be it for a new project, or simply a renovation, should be seen as an investment. And the architect is actually your investment broker. If you were to spend R500 000 or more on your home, ask yourself, ‘Will I get maximum return on this investment by having a quick set of plans and an unregistered contractor perform the building?’ Or “Would it be better to leave the management to a qualified and registered professional?’

“Our team of designers interpret each client’s desires and style to provide innovative and contemporary spaces, both internal and external. “

Should clients tell prospective architects what their budget is?

“Clients are often weary to tell the architect what their budget is. It also happens many times that clients don’t know how much they can afford to spend at the onset of a project. It is also often the case that the project cost and the costs that the client expected are at odds and the client needs to revise the priority of the project and the availability of funds.

“Essentially the architect needs to design your building within a budget that you can afford. The worst thing that can happen is for the architect to generate a design that you as the client are happy with, but you can’t afford it. This happens a lot in the industry. It wastes the architect’s and client’s time, as the architect needs to go back to the drawing board in order to re-design a cheaper version of the building. This can be avoided if the architect is aware of the available funds.”

For help with your next architectural project, contact CF Architects for all your architectural needs, including design proposals, renovation work and new builds, as well as interior design.

“Designing homes and renovated spaces is not merely drawing an open plan space and recommending a contractor – our task is to hold your hand on this project and with our team, make it a hassle-free, simple and exciting adventure. Walking with you every step of the way.”

Contact: CF Architects.


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