As soon as possible! If you look over at the “Services” page you can see that we can get started in the process early. As soon as you are thinking about what your possibilities are an Architect is trained to help you get to the end. The answer is similar regarding the contractor. While traditionally, you get started with your Architect, and then you can competitively bid to contractors I am finding that model to be more and more rare. It is not uncommon at all for a client to find a builder first, then be directed to an Architect. Your report with your contractor can be more important than the low bid. Keeping that in mind, having your contractor on board during the planning stages with the Architect can increase your likelihood of getting you a more refined finished project that finishes on time, in budget, and meets your needs. In short, the answer is “now.” Let us help you answer the rest of your questions.