An architect can offer great insight when remodelling a home. However, in a world where it’s easy to do a project yourself or hire a contractor, architects are often seen as an expensive option. It can be quite difficult to find the right architect and so here we look into the advantages and disadvantages of hiring an architect for your project.
What does an architect do?
Whether you’re thinking about completely remodelling your house or just renovating your bathroom, there are many different types of professionals to help you achieve your dream home. You can either hire an architect, interior designer or contractor depending on what you may need done. For bigger projects such as extensions or loft conversions, an architect may be your best bet to ensure that you get the design you want and utilise the space in your home to it’s full potential.
When hiring an architect, the hard part is done for you. You write up a brief and they will then take on your project and create drawings in order for you to get planning permission. The difference between an architect and a contractor is the design aspect of the project, if you have a closed off kitchen and want it to open up into the living room, then an architect is useful as they will come up with design oriented solutions to open up the space between your living room and kitchen. A contractor is usually only needed for smaller projects such as if you want a window to be made bigger. If you’re still contemplating on whether you should hire an architect, here are the advantages and disadvantages to hiring an architect.
- Can be expensive:
It is known that hiring an architect can be expensive depending on the architect’s fees which can go up to 20%, the type of customised products and materials used and the proposed design. Depending on your budget, finding the right architect is important as some can find inexpensive alternatives to still achieve your vision and some may also have differing fee percentages.
- May not be liable for certain aspects:
Generally architects may not be liable to any problems that might occur during construction especially if their designs have construction flaws, so finding the right architect or design-build firm is imperative to building a working relationship in order for them to understand exactly what you want.
Although there are a few disadvantages, architects can provide some ease in the confusing world of remodelling your home, here are some advantages to hiring an architect:
- They can oversee the job:
Architects do the legwork, as they are highly trained to understand if a project is possible they could provide valuable advice and new ideas to helping achieve your vision. This can be through whether the space is right for the proposed idea and how to ensure there is light where it needs to be. They can also make sure to find you the right builder to complete the design they drew up as well as creating a proposal to ensure that the local planning authority approves the project.
- Can help your home gain value:
Depending on the architect or firm you work with they can think of creative innovative ways to increase the value of your home for a reasonable price. Extension Architecture managed to double the price and size of a house in Wimbledon by recommending rebuilding the home rather than just adding a two-storey side and front extension that was recommended by other firms.
- Get the design you want
Compared to a contractor, an architect or a design-build firm will understand your personal taste and what you are looking for when remodelling your home. They can go into the details such as if it is possible to add a particular staircase to a new loft conversion or a door can open in a new layout plan.
Finding the right architect to design your home
In order to achieve the project you want, you will need to do thorough research on the type of architects in your area and the work that they have already produced. You can find registered architects at the Royal Institute of British Architects or even from through family and friends who have had renovations done by good architects.
Another option would be to consider an architectural or a design & build firm where experience planning consultants and architects work together to provide a bespoke service with creative input and building practicality. Here at Extension Architecture, we provide fully comprehensive drawings to planning application standard whilst also providing information on the construction of the proposal. With our interior design specialists, planning consultants, architects and engineers we create bespoke price packages if you want us to design and build your proposal, this is also accompanied by high quality 3D visualisations, landscape design and planning.
Get some inspiration with our previous projects that we have planned around London.