Why hire an architect, do I really need one? Architects are professionals trained in the art, engineering and history of building and environmental design. They are skilled at coming up with inventive ideas to solve complex design problems and at making sure your project is true to itself and your needs, aesthetically (whether it’s classical or original in styling). A complicated project with lots of roof lines really benefits from an architect’s vision and ability to visualize ideas three-dimensionally. So does an older home where you want to extend the existing historic look to new work. The owner, architect, and general contractor work closely together to meet deadlines and budget. Emanuel P. Caras, A.I.A. and his talented staff, can provide creative/realistic design solutions and detailed construction floor plans for all of your contractor(s) to execute additions, residential remodeling and commercial development. These Drawings, possibly a model and/or a computer generated rendering may help you to visualize your conceptual idea(s) as a finished product as well as providing construction documents to help see you successfully through the proposed construction, permitting, inspection and Final Certificate of Occupancy/Compliance process.