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When someone asks me about the value of an architect in home or professional building design, the examples are innumerable, and yet incalculable. One client wanted to be sure their new back deck would accommodate the 60 or so guests they routinely hosted during frequent entertaining gatherings; the 70-foot expanse we designed included space for tables and food service in mind. Our designs take into account safety concerns for unpredictable weather conditions – or an oversized graduation party that spills out onto the porch and into the lawn.

Creating a connection between the structure of a home and how it works for the family that lives there, or conceiving of the right layout to ensure business success for owner and client, are the hallmarks of a valuable architect.

An architect does more than draw pretty pictures (but we do that, too.) We are more than home designers. We make sure the roof over their children’s heads is stable and sound; that the wind storm will not blow out their windows; and that their basement will not leak. I make sure the deck won’t collapse when 60 people are enjoying good friends and good food on a perfect Northern Michigan summer evening; and that a garage will be large enough to house a full-sized Suburban and everyone’s bikes and toys.

An architect creates function and harmony in the built space, and leaves just enough room for the memories, too. The value of a licensed architect is, in fact, invaluable -- for now and for the generations to come, who may one day include a sleeping porch of their own at their beach-side home.