Choosing an Architect or Contractor

The last five years have been a quiet time for building construction and design in the United States. According to the US Census Bureau, the volume of construction in the last 5 years is nearly 30% less than the previous five years and is still lower today than it was 10 years ago, despite inflation (http://www.census.gov/construction/c30/historical_data.html). But buildings are still getting older and families are still growing so much of the work that wasn’t done during the “Great Recession” still remains to be done at a future point. The past several months have seen an uptick in inquiries to both architects and contractors alike, so if you are among those who have deferred dreams or maintenance on your home or business, what should you be looking for? More