Can a Contractor Help Me Find an Architect?
It’s likely that there are many more people in your life who have used the services of a general contractor than there are people who have worked directly with an architect, so it might be difficult for you to solicit word-of-mouth recommendations from friends or family if you’re in need of an architect for your project. You may resort at first to searching online and looking up consumer reviews, but there’s another source of recommendations you may not have thought of!
You should consider your contractor (or any local reputable contractor, if you haven’t selected one to work with yet) as a resource for vetting other professionals, including architects. You can try reaching out to them through their social media channels if they have them, or via email, and ask them if there are any architects that they recommend. You can inquire about projects they have successfully completed in your area with an architect they like and get professional insights about whether they think they’re someone you should work with. While a contractor’s criteria for evaluating an architect may differ from a homeowner’s, bear in mind that ultimately a contractor must execute an architect’s plans and may offer a good “reality check” that can help you choose someone that other professionals can work with effectively. If a contractor has a “go-to” architect, it’s at least a strong indication that it’s someone they can maintain a smooth workflow with, and this can help safeguard against delays to your project’s progress.
You may even be able to do a little bit of scouting via social media: Do local contractors in Nassau or Suffolk Counties proudly announce partnering on projects that involve a specific architect? Search for architects near your town or village, such as Huntington or Lloyd Harbor. If contractors believe association with a particular architect elevates their own reputation, this could be a good indicator that they’re someone you can be confident in.