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Choosing an Architect

When planning a renovation project the process can seem daunting, especially if you are just at the ideas stage of your project. However, by choosing the right architect it can vastly reduce the stress and confusion, leaving you to concentrate on what it is you really want to achieve.

There are some good ways to kick off a project and one is to find a good construction team who will recommend an architect to find out exactly what you want. In fact, many building firms will provide an architect as part of their service. Alternatively, you could hire an architect who could recommend a builder.

If you want to start with a good architect, then follow this handy guide:

Why start with the architect?

A good, professional architect will talk to you about your project, find out what your needs are, your architectural taste and of course what could work will with your existing space. They will also let you know what the limitations and legal requirements are, helping you to narrow down what is and isn’t achievable. By starting with the architect, it gives you a great starting point to be able to provide the builder with all the relevant information including plans and material specifications. This will help to avoid any last minute changes and decisions throughout the building stage.

Set a budget

It isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach when employing the services of an architect and you don’t always need to hire an architect for the whole project. Most firms allow you to pick and choose the services you hire them for, so you could use an architect for just part of your project. For example, you could hire an interior designer to source materials or use the builder to secure building approvals.

Take your time

Although an architect can add on some extra time, it’s better to do this than to rush the project and end up coming up against issues that could have been foreseen. Time should be taken to perfect the design, as this could ensure that the technical detailing will result in an efficient construction stage. It will also help you to firm up costs from the very beginning.

Choosing the right architect

When looking for the right person for your project take a look at their previous completed work, not just work at the concept stage and ask them if they have done any similar work to yours. Seeing a project that has been finished and even talking to their clients will help you to choose the right professional.

Rapport

When working with someone, it’s important that you get on, have a good rapport and feel listened to and respected. If you don’t feel that you can easily communicate then you could find that you don’t communicate your true wishes and feelings.

Are they qualified?

Look for an architect that is registered with the Architects Registration Board and that they have kept up with their training.

Finding a builder

You can either choose your own builder, or ask your architect to find one for you. Most architects will know of suitable and reputable builders within their service area and can usually make suggestions of people who have the necessary skills for your renovation.

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