Choosing the Right Architect

Why We Hired You- Bill and Dona M. Dinkler

  • We love getting feedback from our lovely clients! Especially explaining as to why they chose our firm (Cowart Group Architects) over another.
  • The Dinklers have chosen a beautiful lot on Wilmington Island and we are overly joyed to help them design and build their dream.

“Why We Hired You”

Hi Gerry, Bill and I selected you over other architects for several reasons.

  • First, we studied your portfolio of completed projects and concluded that your design proclivities complimented our preferred style.  Our research also revealed that you excelled in designing houses to fit on small lots with beautiful live Savannah oak trees. Architects are trained to design any style of house, but we wanted an architect who specialized in the style we loved and who loved live oaks as much as we do.
  • Second, we needed a bit of hand holding, because we had never hired an architect or built a custom home. You patiently explained the design-build process to us, as well as the payment mechanisms. We concluded that you were not put off by our lack of experience and could probably handle any sophomoric question we might ask.
  • Our third reason for selecting you to design our house was our sense that you were a reasonable and congenial man with whom we could work.  We first hired you to simply help us select a lot. In retrospect, we think that was a brilliant move because we obtained not only a professional assessment of our options but an opportunity to work with you for a short time.  Couple this brief experience with our interview and research and we concluded that we could work successfully and enjoyably with you and your firm over a 12 month period. We were correct. Our experiences thus far have been fruitful and enjoyable.
Dona M. Dinkler 

An Interview with Gerald Cowart of Cowart Group P.C.

Choosing the Right Architect:

An Interview with Gerald Cowart of Cowart Group P.C.

By Gerald Cowart


 Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Cowart Group architects was born out of a combined love for historic restoration and respect for the natural environment. I believe that better architecture can create a better world.

In your opinion, what are three qualities that every architect should possess?

Let them be educated, experienced, and of high integrity.

As an architect, how do you make sure you’re understanding of what your client wants?

Ask the right questions in the right order of priority early, then sketch and ask again- “Is this what you mean?” And then sketch again! I always encourage my clients to bring their show and tell and I will use their examples to help me distill their desires. Then all this needs to synthesized in to a preliminary design where it is questioned again.

What are at least three questions every homeowner should ask their architect before hiring them?

Compatibility or often called chemistry, is very important. Proven reputation ask for referrals. Does your architect have proven respect for the place/lot and style of the client. See some of their work that is similar to what you want, size and budget.

What is your philosophy behind creating dynamic, yet practical homes for your clients?

True understanding and empathy with the client, respect for their budget and respect for the environment of their lot. Energy efficiency goes with out saying.

What are a few minor building renovations that can really improve the appearance of my home?

The front door and door hardware is the first thing. Windows work like the windows into your soul. Color pallet and roof materials can make or break a beautiful design. No beautiful house exists until it is beautifully built. Select a very good builder, he’s worth it!

What’s the best way for people to get in contact with you or your company?

Web site or email, but I’d love to talk first hand and it’s always best to have a face to face. So call me and let’s meet.

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