Should I Hire an Architect or a General Contractor?

When it comes to remodeling your house, who do you hire — an architect or a contractor? The choice isn’t always obvious, and there are arguments for both, which is why we would like to provide some insight into this question from the perspective of a General Contractor who has worked with many skilled architects on many projects. 

Architect vs. Contractor: What’s the Difference?

If we were to boil it down to the simplest terms, architects develop designs and contractors execute the build.


In reality, the difference isn’t that clean-cut. The job of architect and contractor can often overlap – both do in-depth research into building codes, permits, site visits, structural engineering analysis, and depending on the contractor, drawing up plans as well.


Let’s take a deeper dive into the roles of an architect and contractor to better understand what your project needs.

The main difference is that if you hire a contractor, specifically a General Contractor, before hiring an architect – your GC will take care of hiring the architect or their team of subcontractors will already include one. At ArDan Construction, we have a bevy of preferred partners we have worked with on many projects and will provide recommendations and references for our clients depending on their style and the project they are looking to execute.

Your Home Remodeling Contractor

If you’re ready to transform your home with the help of a contractor, the team at ArDan Construction is here to listen. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain when you employ our home remodeling team. Get in touch with us to discuss your project.