On the surface, it may seem like a simple scenario, but the fact is it's not easy to successfully partner with an architect. So, how does a pool builder find and create relationships with architects who appreciate contractors who are thorough and would enjoy having a mutually beneficial outcome?

Paul Winans has outlined five things to consider when going through the process, as well as six questions that will help you sell the architect on working with you, even if you are a design build firm.

As you will see, the key, Winans says is placing the emphasis on what the architect is looking for.

Focus on what the architect wants and you will get what you want, whether or not you do design build. If the architect asks you about being design/build, explain how your company figures out things more thoroughly than any bid-for-free contractor ever will. The right architect will appreciate having that kind of partner.

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