The Top 6 Questions Architects Have When Partnering with a High-End Contractor

Nov 19, 2020

Detail Renovations

Renovation Real Talk


Successfully renovating a home requires ongoing teamwork between the client, architect, specialty designer, and contractor. Weakness in any of these links can impact the quality, cost, and timeline of a project. This is why it’s so important to choose the right high-end contractor in New York. 

Many architects make contractor recommendations to their clients, putting a lot of trust in their project partners. It doesn’t happen often, but when a project doesn’t go as planned, architects don’t want to be held responsible for recommending a contractor that didn’t meet the client’s standards. When considering partnering with a high-end contractor in New York, many architects ask the following questions to ensure that their renovation projects will be successful. 

1. What Costs Does the Project Estimate Include?

Many architects work with clients to compare multiple contractors for a single project. However, no two contractors present their estimates in the same way, so it’s important to know what is and what is not included. Renovations are particularly challenging because there are often unexpected surprises, but a detailed cost breakdown is always better when possible.

2. What Is the Project Timeline?

When it comes to renovations, time is of the essence. Whether a client is occupying the space while the renovation is happening or living elsewhere, most people want the work to be done as quickly as possible while meeting quality standards. A high-end contractor understands this and should be able to provide a project timeline that includes key milestones so that both architects and clients know what to expect.

3. Who Is Responsible for Various Aspects of the Project?

Before a project starts, the responsibilities of the various stakeholders are often clear, but once construction work begins, the lines can become fuzzy. The most successful teams communicate through every step of the project to keep everybody on the same page regarding the decisions that are being made along the way. Architects want to feel confident that their drawings are being executed as intended, and contractors need fast answers while construction is underway. As long as every team member understands their responsibilities and regularly communicates, the project has a high chance of success. 

4. How Do You Manage Client Expectations?

Renovations always come with surprises, and it’s important that the contractor on a high-end job knows how to manage client expectations. Whether there is a delay because supplies were held up in shipping or the cost of an item increases, contractors must be adept at managing client expectations. The key to this is constant communication. Nobody wants to deal with project setbacks, but when they do happen if the client is prepared because of the contractor’s communication, the process goes more smoothly.

5. How Do You Manage High-End Clients?

Every personality is different, but all high-end clients understandably have certain expectations for how their project will be completed. It’s important for contractors to adapt to the unique needs of each client. It all ties back to the concept of teamwork, and clients are a key part of the team.

6. What Are the Possibilities for a Long-Term Partnership?

When architects find a contractor that meets all of the above criteria and delivers beautiful craftsmanship, there is strong potential for a long-term partnership. A partner that can be trusted not just with executing drawings, but also with strengthening client relationships, is a valuable asset.  


If you’re looking for a high-end contractor in New York, Detail Renovations has a long track record of successful renovation projects in and around the city. We have well-established partnerships with architects and specialty designers, and we’re always open to building new relationships. Let us know if you would like to partner with us.

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