Whether you need an architect or not will depend on the type of project you want to undertake, plus your own experience level. However, you might be surprised by how useful they can be - even for small projects!
Architects are the masters of utilising space for your home. They’re able to assess your house and spot the hidden potential locked away inside. What’s more, with their detailed knowledge of planning policy, they’re able to guide you through the ins and outs of dealing with your local authority. This makes them an incredibly useful professional to have onboard.
If you’re not sure if you need an architect for your house, here’s a short guide on knowing when your project needs a helping hand…
You plan on extending or converting
We would recommend considering an architect if your project involves a...
- Rear extension
- Side extension
- Two-storey extension
- Loft conversion
- Garage conversion
- Basement conversion
- Annex / granny flat
Put simply: if you’re creating new space that’s going to affect the exterior of your property, it’s best to get an architect on board.
While there’s no law requiring you to hire an architect in any scenario, having one present on these big projects helps ensure you create a safe and legal addition to your home.
Why not just use a builder? Some people do allow their contractor to both design and build their project, but 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.