Most architects pride themselves on their adaptability, which allows them to tailor their style to fit each house and client.

But some have an overriding design sensibility that they bring to every project. It’s not that all their jobs look the same, just that certain motifs show up again and again. For example, an architect might specialize in sleek modernism, a beach cottage feel, or reinterpretations of historic houses. Others may focus on environmentally friendly construction or universal design.

By talking about the architect’s signature style up front, you can decide whether it’s the right fit for you.