The relationship between an Architect and a Builder can and should be a harmonious one. Unfortunately, often it is not. Although the two disciplines ultimately share the same goal, they have variables, priorities and influencing factors that can align with or oppose each other as the project progresses.
YOU NEED TO BE MORE PRAGMATIC.
Architects typically will have a folio of builders they like to use, matching the right Builder for, not only the project, but the personality of the client. The Architect’s endeavor is to get enough detail to the Builder that he can do his or her job efficiently and effectively.
Considering a renovation for your home? A Kitchen or Bathroom? An addition or even a new build? Initially you need to ascertain, approximately, what you would like to accomplish- a rough scope of the project.
Unfortunately, this is where most people immediately call prospective builders in to review and cost the job. Hopefully they are referred and hopefully you have called at least 3 of them, good and good, but how do they know what they are bidding on? They base it on the one hour conversation they have had with you and usually that’s it! Most people go into the building section process under prepared which measurably decreases builders bid accuracy.
A good builder will be able to advise a client of this needed data so the bid may be more accurate and the clients expectations are more likely to be fully realized, but what about the other 2-4 other tendered bids based solely on an initial conversation? Are they going to be equally as thorough or particular? Maybe, but highly unlikely.