23 Jun 2014 Category: News
Finding a great architect is a crucial factor in ensuring your big plans run smoothly but knowing where to begin can be a daunting prospect.
When it comes to building something like a house, for example, a good architect has the power to take all your greatest hopes, ideas and dreams and transform them into something realistic and achievable before your eyes.
Architecture has played a valiant role in the history of recent years so it is no wonder that architects are increasingly high in demand.
When choosing an architect, ensuring that they will provide quality work is essential. Architects are highly skilled at knowing how to make the best use of available space and the most suitable materials.
Gaining a professional opinion can make a huge difference to even the smallest of projects.
But when looking for an architect it is important to check that anyone you are considering is registered with the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB). A list of all the registered architects in Great Britain can be found from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Architects can also be found through local planning departments or builders. Word of mouth is also a good way to get recommendations of architects that can assist you in your project.
It is also important to avoid being ripped off. Try and get at least three quotes from different companies that specialise in the area you need. Architecture.com can be used to find RIBA registered architects by building project but be aware that hiring an architect is unlikely to be a cheap affair – although a good architect should ensure that your project is cost-effective in the long term.
You will usually be able to tell which architect will be the best fit for you early on in the project. Choose one that you think you can trust and feel comfortable with. Also, some architects may work at an hourly rate so even projects with a small budget can benefit from hiring a good architect.
If possible, try to see examples of an architect’s previous work so you can gauge their creativity and ability. If you get the chance to talk to former clients, make the most of it to really get an idea of what it will be like to work with them.
You should always be honest with your architect about your budget from the beginning if you want to get the best results possible.
Architects are a great investment for first time renovators as they can help navigate the maze of building regulations and planning permission.
A full service where the build is completed and ready to move into can cost between 8 and 12 percent of the overall construction costs whereas just employing an architect to help with the planning stages may only cost between 2 and 5 percent. Be sure before you begin how much you want from your architect and what you are prepared to pay for.
A good architect will strive to stick within your budget and time frame but in some situations you may hear of times when they have overrun. In this instance it is important to find out why this occurred as it may be down to unforeseen circumstances that could not have been avoided rather than a poor decision made by any individual.
If you hear several poor reviews from former clients about their architect not committing to their vision, budget, time frame etc. then be aware. There are many architects out there that will do a superb job and help you achieve the project you have always dreamt off.
The most important thing to remember when hiring an architect is that they put you at ease. If you have any doubts in your mind when meeting an architect, or even after having a few preliminary meetings with them do not be afraid to go in a different direction.
Projects can be a significant investment so it is crucial that you seek out the architect that is right for you, even if it takes a little longer than first anticipated. The majority of architects are great at what they do, and your project will benefit from finding the perfect architect for you.
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