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Monthly Q+A: when do we need an architect?

An architect can see the problems ahead and solve them in advance by asking the right questions at the appropriate time.


If you want to build a habitable space that needs structure, plumbing or electricity, an architect’s or engineer’s stamped drawings are required by law to secure a building permit. (Mileage may vary by local jurisdiction.)

For many people, a home is the single largest investment of their lives.

Working with an architect protects your investment.

An architect can translate your dreams and constraints into construction jargon by computer, on paper and out loud to the many different officials and trades you’ll need to see your project through.

Have a question?

Submit your question to to see the answer in an upcoming issue!

Don't want to wait that long?

Book a free Q+A with the architect! On this 30 minute phone call, you'll speak directly with Architect Liz Saunier about your project. The purpose of this call is to:

  • Understand your project goals and aspirations

  • Discuss your current situation and resources

  • Explain our process at a high level

  • Provide you with next steps based on your objectives and current situation


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