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Arick Dyrdal, January 23 2023

You don't need an architect.

I understand that the topic of whether or not an architect is necessary for residential construction projects can be controversial, and it's important to approach this topic with an open mind and consider all of the potential arguments and perspectives. 

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First and foremost, it's important to recognize that every construction project is unique and has its own set of challenges and requirements. Some projects may be more complex and may require the expertise of an architect to ensure that they are completed successfully and to the highest quality standards.

However, it's also important to recognize that there are many instances in which an architect may not be necessary for residential construction projects, particularly those that are smaller in scale and less complex in nature. For example, building a single-family or two-family home, or any residential home with less than 50,000 cubic feet of enclosed space, may not require the level of expertise and oversight that an architect would provide.

There are a number of reasons why an architect may not be necessary for these types of projects. For one, architects are typically more expensive to hire than other professionals, such as general contractors or design-build firms. This added cost can be a significant burden for homeowners who are already facing the costs associated with building a new home.

Additionally, there are many other professionals who are qualified to handle the design and construction of residential projects, including engineers, contractors, and designers. These professionals may be able to provide the necessary guidance and oversight to ensure that the project is completed successfully, without the need for an architect.

In conclusion, while it's important to consider all of the potential benefits and drawbacks of hiring an architect for a residential construction project, it's also important to recognize that in some cases, an architect may not be necessary. Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to hire an architect should be based on the specific needs and requirements of the project, as well as the budget and resources available.

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Arick Dyrdal


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