Things you may want to ask
During the life of your project and out of all tradesmen and professionals involved in your project it is the architect you will be communicating with the most. At every stage of the design and build it is essential that you have a good working relationship to ensure the success of the project. Bearing all that in mind you need to take many factors into consideration when choosing your architect including:
● Do you like their previous work?
● Do you get on with them?
● Do they have professional indemnity insurance
● What is included in the cost of their services?
● Will they secure planning and building regulation approval?
● If changes to design are required to secure planning permission willyou have to pay more?
● Do they respect your budget?
● Agree a budget and payment terms in return for services provided and sign a contract.
Those are the fundamentals that you will need to cover. The relationship you have with your architect is a serious and long term commitment and much like a marriage, get it wrong and it could end up costing you.
3. Check their availability and
Building projects require a level of planning and logistical prowess that seemingly defies the imagination. Balancing the fragile and sensitive timelines of builds, tradesmen and the weather is a fine art.
Check beforehand what your preferred architects availability and expected completion time for the design of your build is and how that sits with the rest of your project. The design process alone can take up to 6 weeks. Take into consideration the time needed to secure planning approval, any changes that may be needed to secure planning permission. Local authorities are not traditionally renowned for their speed in these matters.
Get it right first time
Working with someone who understands what you are trying to create and who will work with you to help your dreams become reality is what everyone is looking for in an architect and if you follow my guide you should be a lot closer to finding that person for your project.
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