Your home is probably the biggest purchase you’ll commit to in your lifetime. For most of us, it’s the space where our dream home will grow.
Before you begin any construction work on your new or existing home, you should ask yourself if you need the services of an architect. The answer is definitely yes!
As well as being qualified in the field a good architect will have lots of experience and ideas. From landscape design to civil engineering. While a construction worker or home designer can make some adjustments at your request, a good architect will anticipate your needs and this will have a major impact on the cost and quality of the construction work.
How do I know if I need an architect?
There is no law that says you need to hire an architect. If your dreams of an ideal home are modest, you could do the job without hiring an architect and there are people who decide to take this step alone when remodelling and building a home.
If you do not know exactly what you want, then an architect can help you come up with ideas and ensure everything is done efficiently, cheaply and with taste. It is also the architect’s job to keep you informed about the builders and to ensure that the project is active. A mountain of paperwork awaits anyone undertaking a building project but your architect can help sort it all out for you. When you hire an architect, you have someone on your side who knows how the construction industry works, and can guide you through all the legislation, regulations and contractual arrangements.
If you need planning permission or you’re not even sure where to start, an architect can be the most important factor for successful collaboration with local planning authorities. A planning consultant or structural engineer may also be helpful.
You may want an architect with lots of experience with projects just like yours but also consider architects who, whilst not having such depth of experience in similar projects, do the kind of work you like and show the ability to bring new ideas to your project. Whatever it is, we believe that our team we can make your dream home become a reality. When you get in touch you will receive all information that outlines the firm’s qualifications and experience. Ask to see a portfolio of work or finished projects. We are convinced that we can expertly put your ideas and dreams to create your new home.
Still not convinced?
- You will end up with a better product if you hire an architect and they will manage time, the process, people and any problems that may arise.
- They will advise and help you to develop your brief (your wish list) by understanding you and your family.
- An architect will ensure your space is utilised to its full potential, that the flow of light is adequate for your new space and that your house is functional in every way.
- Architects notice details that most of us rarely think about and, if missed, can lead to greater costs and they can incorporate innovative and imaginative design solutions that work for your project (eg how the door should open, where the exit pipes should go, can you see the toilet when the bathroom door is open…!)
- An architect will, with all their experience, recommend the best builder within your budget. Their job is to represent your interests to builders and local authorities and they will advise you on quality consultants and contractors.
- Architects are also subject to a code of practice and have professional indemnity insurance to protect their clients.
- An architect will prepare and submit drawings and documents for planning approval on your behalf and liaise with the planning authority to provide additional information if required.
Paying the architect
Architects are professional problem solvers. Their experience, insights, and services can add 8-15% to the ultimate value of a property. You can always arrange to pay the architect an hourly rate for smaller jobs.
Health and safety
Another key aspect of the architect’s work is to plan a project and organise it by implementing the acceptable level of health and safety risk given the possibility of a complicated construction. Your architect will cover all your safety concerns. Hiring an architect will allow you to ensure that your project adheres to the latest health and safety legislation and it will help you understand what your rights and responsibilities as a client are.