Who has been watching ‘100k House Tips of the Trade’? It is a brilliant look at how using a qualified RIBA Chartered Architect can add so much to your project.
Most of the people on the programme want to achieve the same goal in principal, that is to maximise the space in their home and make the most of any natural light. Simple………
What architects do best is make the most of the available space, be it a vacant plot of land or a cramped terraced house. That is what they trained for seven years to do (yes I know, the same as a doctor!) They are qualified and know what they are doing.
A good architect will talk you through not only the design and brief but be realistic about what you can hope to achieve with the budget you have. This is one area they don’t include in many of the TV programmes, where the architecture fees are done for free. That’s nice if you can get it, but otherwise it is something that must be factored in when planning a build.
Architects are experts in planning laws and should be able and willing to give out realistic information with all the legal rules and regulations that need to be adhered to so that there are no nasty surprises. There have been cases of councils demolishing buildings that have not had the correct planning permissions, I am not joking!
My advice is to find two or three architects in your local area that specialise in the type of work you are having done. It would be pointless going to a huge practice for a renovation and similarly of no use to go a tiny practice if you are after a residential scheme. Do your homework, look at the websites and then meet with the chosen few and see who you click with. Who do you like? It’s important, you will be talking to them a lot and it really is essential to have someone on board that you can trust. Don’t just go with the cheapest option.
When meeting up with your chosen architect do bring along visual ideas of what you want to achieve. Pinterest is a great way of putting together a board so that the architect gets a real feel for the design you want. Magazine cuttings work just as well.
So to summarise, appointing a RIBA Chartered Architect is an investment not a gamble, and one that should pay off and make you money in the long run by maximising the space that you have and adding value to your project.
Rickett Architects are a RIBA Chartered Practice and are happy to discuss any project that you may be planning. We offer a free consultation so please get in touch 01926 291010
This post was written by Laura Shuckburgh