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Why Hire an Architect

Cynthia Zahoruk - Monday, August 01, 2016
A professional meets the highest standards within any specific industry. When you hire a professional you have chosen to seek specialized knowledge based on intensive academic preparation combined with technical and ethical standards. The Ontario Government has given Ontario’s archit ..

10 Ways to Make Working with Your Residential Architect More Successful

Cynthia Zahoruk - Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Many people feel a slightly queasy motion in their belly when they even think of needing an architect. Their minds fill with horror stories of arrogant artists and outrageous cost overruns. Fortunately not all architects fit the stereotype. But even if yours does, here are 10 things you can do t ..

10 Ways to Reduce Residential Project Costs

Cynthia Zahoruk - Sunday, May 01, 2016
Reducing construction costs is usually thought of in terms of reducing material and labour costs. However, the biggest cost savings can actually come from only building what you need. More money can be saved by changing the drawings than by trying to squeeze lower prices out of suppliers. The fo ..

10 Common Mistakes that Sink Construction Projects

Cynthia Zahoruk - Friday, April 01, 2016
Construction is a costly undertaking. Many people, in an effort to reduce the cost, become penny wise and pound foolish. As in many other fields information is really the key to wise cost management. In general paying for information on your project will allow you to get better quality for less  ..

Factors That Affect Design

Cynthia Zahoruk - Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Every project situation is different. Each presents a different set of requirements and limitations. Each presents a unique set of cultural, environmental, technological, and aesthetic contexts to be considered. Each presents its own set of challenges and opportunities. Design brings to the sur ..

Client - Architect Relationship

Cynthia Zahoruk - Monday, February 01, 2016
As professionals we have a responsibility to educate our clients about the architect's role and responsibility in the design and construction process. Cultivating an environment of education fosters trust, enhances communication, minimizes unnecessary frustration, and builds successful business  ..

Acting as your Own General Contractor

Cynthia Zahoruk - Friday, January 01, 2016
When building owners act as their own general contractors there is the possibility of saving between 10 and 25% of the construction costs. But managing a renovation or addition can be deceptively difficult and many owners who opt to be general contractors end up losing money instead. General c ..

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