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The Value Of An Architect

You’ve found that perfect piece of land. Now you want to create your ideal self-build. Wait a minute!
Although it is tempting to do as much as you can on your own, we have seen that this is often a risky venture that can end up being costly in the end. We recommend hiring an architect instead to make sure you get the most from your project. We recently discussed five reasons why it is important to hire an architect prior to starting construction on your new dream home.

1. Your self-builder will ….

The brief allows you to create designs that fit your budget, style, and specifications. Don’t settle for copy-paste house designs. Working with an architect is a great way to create your dream home. Self-build architects can tailor their services to suit your needs. They have experience with many different building styles and construction methods. All architects who are registered with The Architects Registration Board, (ARB), and The Royal Institute of British Architects, (RIBA), have the ability to produce scale drawings and often 3D model of the self-built project. These details will be available to you at design development meetings. This helps ensure you get exactly the results you desire before work begins.

2. Your self-build designer will ….

Make sure you adhere to all statutory obligations like party wall agreements, building regulations and planning permission. An architect can help guide you through the application process for obtaining these permissions.

3. Your self-build architect ….

You will be able to choose fittings, finishings and lighting that suit your lifestyle. This will make your home more valuable. The architect can also help to control costs during design and specification stages so you get the most value from your budget.

4. Your self-build architect ….

The architect will manage the project from conception to completion. This will help to ensure that costs are kept under control and to keep the cost of the build down. Your architect can help select the right builder for you and organize and manage your contract. This contract will ensure that building work is carried out according to plans, specifications and within a defined time-frame. In order to ensure you only pay the actual work done, the architect will conduct regular inspections and issue certificates. In order to ensure that everyone is on the same page, the architect can coordinate with different engineers and consultants.

5. Your self-build architect ….

As the project develops, many construction problems may arise. Your architect can help you prepare change orders in the event of deviations from the original design.

All architects are required have professional indemnity. If you have any problems with the design, your insurance will protect you.

Finding the right architectural firm

Research and planning are essential to a successful home-build. To help with this, it is advisable to contact your architect as soon as you can. Although choosing the right architect is an important first step in your self-build, we understand that it can be quite difficult.