What does it mean to design something, anyhow? When people say design, they usually mean one of many different words: decorate, engineer, create, develop, intend. When an architect designs, it means they have taken into consideration a multitude of complications and devised a simple solution to everything. Although the homeowner wants to “just add-on”, the architect in fact may come up with a more creative or custom solution to the dilemma of an old house with small rooms. By using an architect, you should expect more than one solution, which, when completed, will seem effortless. You are paying for the services of someone experienced in thinking in 3-dimensions, thinking about space, materials, color, details, putting in all together in a coherent, pleasing way, and doing this all before the first block is set in place.