Whatever type of newbuild or home improvement project you are planning there is a serious, early decision to be made.
This relates to whether or not you should use the services of an architect.
With this in mind, here are some important reasons as to why an architect can be of huge value. This is regardless of how small or large your project is.
Architects are highly trained professionals. To become a registered Architect in the UK, a minimum of 7 years of full time higher education and 2 years of work experience or equivalent is required.
It is only natural that due to their training and experience they will see things that many of us will miss. One of the many assets they possess is the ability to see the “bigger picture” of any project.
An architect’s expert eye will help in such things as:
Don’t underestimate this benefit. Many do to their cost! Even the smallest building projects involve a lot of planning and design.
To the inexperienced eye, it is very easy to overlook what initially appear to be small issues. Unfortunately, these can turn into major bugbears that will cost to put right.
Just 3 examples of the many that an untrained eye can miss are:
Unless you have a great deal of time to spare when it comes to establishing and then running a project to satisfactory completion then an architect will add real value.
If planning permission is required (or you even think it may be!) then an architect can be an invaluable asset.
They are fully experienced in successfully navigating local planning authority laws and will ensure your application is processed in the correct manner.
By appointing an architect as the Contract Admin and Project Manager you are taking a real weight off your shoulders. Benefits of their assistance will be seen in such things as:
The architect you appoint should be fully qualified. In this sense, your architect should be members of, and governed by:
For additional peace of mind, it should be noted that all architects are subject to a statutory code of practice. They also have Professional Indemnity Insurance which is in place to protect clients.
The straight fact is that by engaging an architect to assist in your overall project you are taking an important step.
This decision will help to ensure a far more satisfactory project outcome than would otherwise be the case. A final factor that should not be overlooked; your stress factor will also be greatly reduced!
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