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Architects in the North Shore

Nest | Syndi Zaiger Group

The Nest | Syndi Zaiger Group is a real estate team with Compass, serving the North Shore of Massachusetts with offices in Manchester-by-the-Sea and B...

The Nest | Syndi Zaiger Group is a real estate team with Compass, serving the North Shore of Massachusetts with offices in Manchester-by-the-Sea and B...

Jan 21 4 minutes read

If you are considering building a new home, or maybe renovating the one you currently have, hiring an architect will be a sound investment. An architect will listen to you and explore design solutions that will accommodate the lifestyle you are looking for. The architect will be your advocate making sure that the project is compliant with all state and town regulations, and oversee the builder and consultants involved in the project.

 

Architects typically have a unique portfolio of work so it’s a good idea to interview a couple of different ones before making your final decision. Asking for examples of work that are similar in scope and budget to yours will be useful. Frank discussions about budget and cost of design and construction are imperative. Your architect needs full knowledge of your budget as that will significantly impact design decisions.

 

Once you have hired the architect, stay involved and ask questions. It’s best to make any desired changes early in the process while it’s still on paper. The project will proceed like this: 

Preliminary Design Phase

The preliminary design phase includes an initial consultation, written goals of the project and rough sketches by the architect.

Design Development

During design development, the architect will add details and consult with you on materials and design features. Visual understanding will be seen through drawings and computer modeling.

Documentation & Bidding

During this phase, the architect’s office will produce detailed plans to present to building officials and to contractors to obtain estimates for the work.

Construction Administration

As the project unfolds, the architect will be on hand to resolve design issues, provide additional drawings if needed and approve payments to the contractor.

The Northshore is home to many talented architects.

Carpenter & MacNeille
Carpenter & MacNeille

106 Western Ave, Essex

SV Design
SV Design

126 Dodge St, Beverly

Olson Lewis
Olson Lewis

17 Elm St, Manchester-by-the-Sea

Red Barn Architecture
Red Barn Architecture

8 Martin St, Essex

Tucker Architecture & Landscape
Tucker Architecture & Landscape

59 Atlantic Ave, Marblehead

Catherine Truman Architects
Catherine Truman Architects

29 Warren St, Cambridge

Treehouse Design, Inc.
Treehouse Design, Inc.

31 Pooles Ln, Rockport

Andrew Crocker Architect
Andrew Crocker Architect

13 Elm St, Manchester-by-the-Sea

Andrew Sidford Architects
Andrew Sidford Architects

44 Merrimac St, Newburyport, MA 

Luna Design Group
Luna Design Group

100 Conifer Hill Dr STE 405, Danvers

Breuker Design Architecture

Manchester-by-the-Sea

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