A residential architect is an expert in creating custom-designed homes or extensions for private clients, offering a comprehensive architectural service from the development of the design brief to the construction management.
These projects are usually smaller in scale, resulting in a high turnover of commissions, but also requiring more attention to managing client expectations, as they may lack experience in such projects.
Compared to commercial architecture (discussed below), there tends to be more creative freedom for residential architects, as they don’t have to meet as many regulations and rules. However, residential architects must still consider building codes and safety standards, as well as functionality and aesthetics.
Moreover, a residential architect’s role may also include collaborating with interior designers, engineers, and landscape architects to ensure that the entire project, both indoors and outdoors, works seamlessly. This can involve developing concepts for outdoor spaces, such as gardens, patios, and swimming pools, that complement the design of the house.
Residential architects must have strong communication skills to understand and interpret the clients’ needs and desires, and to effectively communicate the design vision to contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. They must also have knowledge of local zoning laws, building codes, and permitting processes to ensure that the project is legally compliant.