Hiring a Residential Architect to Design Your Home to Fit Your Lifestyle

Googled “reasons to hire an architect” lately? If you have, you’ve probably noticed article after article repeating the same laundry list: architects are specially trained and licensed, able to visualize your expectations, equally mindful of aesthetics and function, skilled at prioritizing, cognizant of the bottom line, clear communicators, and adept problem solvers. All of which is true. And none of which addresses the most important reason to hire a residential architect to design your home.

The real answer, in my experience, is that residential architects possess a unique understanding of the many ways a house can offer its occupants comfort while enhancing their daily lives. A talented architect exploits every opportunity to make life simpler, easier, more convenient, and more comfortable. By asking the right questions – loads and loads of them – an architect will gain insight into how a family lives. And just as important, how they aspire to live. You see, designing a house is often as much about creating a wished-for lifestyle as it is about conceiving the residence itself. Under an architect’s direction, the architectural planning process goes well beyond allocating square footage for generous closets or a guest bedroom. Rather, it lavishes profound attention on a wealth of nearly-imperceptible details that substantially alter the way a home is experienced.

For example, consider the difference between a standard, 13-step staircase and one that rises more gently, to ensure carrying a sleepy child up to dreamland doesn’t tire you out, too. Or the natural light that streams into a kitchen when glass-front cabinets are backed not by solid wood panels, but windows. Bookshelves lining a stair landing enrich otherwise-wasted space and may even supply a cozy nook for reading; dining room walls can be paneled, and then hinged, to secret table linens (and that platter you only use once a year) within their recesses. And the list goes on.

At Morgante Wilson, we believe good design shapes lives. It’s just that simple. And it’s the single most important reason you should hire a residential architect.

Comments? Questions? We’d love to hear from you!

Elissa Morgante
Principal
Morgante-Wilson Architects
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Five Questions To Ask Yourself Before Hiring A Residential Architect
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Morgante-Wilson Architects provides residential architectural services in Chicago, Evanston, Winnetka, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Wilmette, Northbrook, Deerfield, Northfield, and Ravinia.

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  • Julian Kirkcaldie | November 27, 2014

    Exactly! When you pay an architect you are also paying for his expertise, experience and anything that he can do to give you the best home fitting for your family’s lifestyle. I googled “reasons to hire an architect” as well and find this article - http://goo.gl/D1Lsvi good to read.

    In a nutshell, you can save effort, money and a lot of headaches if you’ll just hire an architect than do it yourself and mess things up. You don’t want to put the quality of your dream home at risk. Right?

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  • Leemaxx | November 19, 2014

    Hiring a architect makes things more efficient and less costly since they already know the what to do before we could even think of it. It’s their knowledge and experience that will save a us from a lot of trouble.

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  • Leemaxx | November 19, 2014

    Hiring a architect makes things more efficient and less costly since they already know the what to do before we could even think of it. It’s their knowledge and experience that will save a us from a lot of trouble.

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  • Bob Strong | May 7, 2014

    I love the idea of designing your house according to your lifestyle. This makes the home so much more personable. I am a huge fan of intricate landscapes. A hammock area designed into the backyard would be my ideal addition. http://tbcarchbuild.com/index.php

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  • E.C. Meyer | May 17, 2013

    Enjoyed reading your thoughts and ideas. I was introduced to one of your homes on a kitchen house tour. I am curious as to whether you have experience in renovation/redesign of any urban loft residences? And if so how might I find out more about this work?

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  • Eve Williams | May 15, 2013

    Oh, I really like that idea of glass backed cabinets!

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