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Finding the right architect and builder for your home can seem like two completely separate tasks – but they’re more connected than you might think.

Rather than approaching the search this way, it can be beneficial to engage an architect and builder with an existing working relationship.

A good builder/architect relationship ensures a smoother project, which means you could be in your dream home faster than expected.

Read on to discover how establishing a great relationship between the two could be beneficial to your home building project.


It may seem logical to start the process by getting an architect to draw up the designs – but ideally, you’ll want your builder at the table, too.

If both parties are engaged from the very beginning, they can draw on one another’s expertise to help get your project off on the right foot. While your architect may have fantastic creative ideas, your builder can look at things from a more practical perspective, identifying any potential design flaws or complications that could lead to delays along the way.

This collaborative approach could save you money as well as time, as your builder may have valuable input on materials and construction processes that help keep the cost down.


When your architect and builder work closely together, there is far less room for misunderstandings. Lack of communication can lead to delays if, for example, your builder hasn’t been informed of tweaks to the design or new materials to source.

Choosing to work with an architect and builder who have an existing relationship means they will know exactly how the other person works and have processes in place to ensure great communication. When everyone is on the same page, there are fewer delays, and you can move into your dream home faster.


If your builder and architect don’t communicate well from the start, you may find problems with the design aren’t spotted until much further down the road. For example, something that looks great on paper could be extremely costly or time consuming to complete.

When your architect and builder have had the chance to sit down and discuss the plans, they’ve given themselves more time to identify any potential problems along the way. This makes it far less likely anything will need to be reworked – one of the biggest culprits when it comes to building delays.


Building a home is a huge investment and has the potential to be very stressful when managed badly. If your architect and builder are working as a team, all parties involved will feel more relaxed.

Knowing your architect and builder are in regular contact and will take care of any bumps along the way is a huge weight off your shoulders. When everyone working on the project is enjoying the process, the work will get done more efficiently and to a higher standard.

By fostering a good architect/builder relationship you can relax and look forward to moving into your dream home right on schedule – making the process exciting rather than stressful.

Looking for an architect and builder to take care of your home building project? Get in touch with the team at TCON today


TCON has its office in Surrey Hills and the main suburbs we build are Canterbury, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Hawthorn East, Balwyn, Kew, Deepdene and Glen Iris which are all located in Boroondara. Our architectural work provides further large-scale projects in suburbs like Brighton and Toorak. Our team is large and established and we specialise in Heritage renovations and extensions, which many are typically incorporating Basements. We have an incredibly talented team who enjoy the large-scale work and when we build basements, we build them quickly and keep them water tight (also called a “dry basement”). If this sounds similar to what you’re looking to build, then contact TCON today.

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