Using an architect to design a home in Australia is fairly uncommon. Many people use a draftsperson for the design work and the end result is often disappointing and lacking in clever design that suits the occupants.
This week Toni interviews Amelia Lee who is the woman behind undercoverarchitect.com. Amelia is an extraordinary person who has made architecture available to many people who would not be able to afford working with a ‘traditional’ architect. In this episode, Amelia explains why you should consider hiring an architect for your next renovation or new home and how she is able to help her clients design beautiful spaces while keeping the cost low.
Some Topics Covered:
Amelia Lee’s background
- In business for over 20 years
What it takes to become an Architect
- 5-6 year university program
- On the job training
- Licensed with a state board
Why Amelia is so passionate about architecture
The problem with leaving design to a draftsperson
The average cost of hiring an architect for a project
- % of total building cost
What Amelia Lee does for her clients
What you should look for when hiring an Architect
- Like minded person that understands you
Why you need to make sure you have the rights to a design before building
- You probably don’t own the design even if you’ve paid for it!
Why you should work with an architect
- You don’t know what you don’t know
Question of the week: What is “overcapitalising”?
- How an Architect can help you make sure you don’t overcapitalise
Connect with Amelia Lee
Toni welcomes questions and comments! Feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org!