What Do Architects Do, Exactly? 

We are glad you asked! As a licensed professional, an architect is an asset to any building project that will result in a new structure or fundamentally alter an existing one. Our value starts with an understanding of building codes and zoning laws that dictate how (and whether) a project can proceed in a given jurisdiction.

A Pre-Construction Consultation can help you navigate these early stages. This low-cost service can save you time and money by helping you to avoid sites or structures that don’t meet your goals and by preparing you for regulations that will influence how you build. We credit this initial investment to your account if you retain Loveless Porter as your architect.

From there, a skilled architect can turn your building goals into visual concepts and construction plans. These can be used to solicit pricing or bids from general contractors, which we can also help you to evaluate for bid selection. At Loveless Porter, we are happy to serve as your project partner. Having an architect manage your project can ensure that contractors adhere to your approved architectural plans and local building codes, and that they deliver the construction quality you deserve. 

This is where our decades of collective experience on a diverse set of commercial and residential projects across the Mid-Atlantic (Washington, DC; Virginia; Maryland; Delaware; and Pennsylvania) comes into play along with our expertise in engineering, structural and spatial relationships, sustainable practices, and planning. This knowledge allows us to “speak the language” on job sites, getting ahead of any potential issues and keeping your project on track. 

If you have more questions about what an architect could do for your renovation or construction project give us a call at 703-368-1600 or use our contact form to tell us more about your design and building needs.