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.
You want to change the layout of your home
Like we mentioned at the start - architects know space. Our team of designers do over 75 projects a month, and as such, they know a trick or two.
If you’re thinking of knocking down some walls, and going for that open-plan layout, we would recommend getting a designer on board. Chances are they’ll be able to spot opportunities you may have missed, along with being able to consider those big picture practicalities. After all, there’s more to designing a home than just rejigging the walls.
- Door openings
- Windows and light
- Room to room views
All of these an architect will be able to consider, making sure your home doesn’t suffer any annoying design flaws.
You need planning permission
Architects aren’t just limited to home design, they can also help secure your project planning permission.
At Resi, alongside providing expert design, we also act as the planning agent for our clients. We handle everything from putting together the paperwork, to liaising with the council on your behalf. Talking to our planning officer, and ensuring that any feedback is resolved quickly, in order to avoid rejection.
By having an architect handle your planning process, you not only avoid any admin headaches, but also give yourself the best chance of approval. This could help you save budget in the long run, as reversing planning refusal can be a costly process.
You’re not sure where to start
If you find yourself wanting to extend your kitchen, or convert your loft, but you have no idea where to begin - talk to an architect.
Architects are one of those professionals who get to experience every level of a project. From design to planning, from budgets to contractors, an architect knows it all. That makes them the perfect port of call when starting out.
At Resi, we offer free consultation calls to anyone considering improving their home. Our experts can help advise on everything from timings, budget, design, all the way to potential contractors in your area.
If you’re not sure where to begin, but want to learn more, book your consultation call now.