Whether you need an architect or not will depend on the home project you’re taking on - though you might be surprised how useful they can be, even for small projects!
That’s because architects are the masters of utilising space. They’re able to assess your home and point out where extra room can be unlocked, or show you clever tricks for taking even the most basic areas to the next level. Though architects cost money up front, the value they could add to your home make them a safe investment. Use them now, and reap the rewards when it comes to sell.
Here are some signs you might just need to get an architect involved…
You plan on extending or converting
The most obvious time to employ an architect is when you’re either extending your property, or converting an existing space, such as a loft. These are big projects, and likely to be one of the most expensive things you take on, next to actually buying your home. With this in mind, you want to make sure you’re doing it right.
Starting out, it’s important to note that there’s no law requiring you to get an architect. You could just go straight to a builder. In fact, some people do allow their contractor to both design and build their project. However, this can be a risky approach.
Contractors don’t need a license to build homes, nor any formal training. Whereas an architect is held to a statutory code of practise, and undertakes years of training before entering the field. Not only this, but they have Professional Indemnity Insurance, meaning their clients are protected. All of this means you’re a lot safer with an architect drawing up your plans, than by a contractor, who comes from an unregulated industry.