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If you’re planning a house extension, loft conversion or other building project on your home? You should consider hiring an architect. Residential architects offer a wide range of services – they don’t just come up with the design of the new part of your home. There’s no law saying that you have to employ an architect for major building work, but they can help you to get the best out of your project.

What does an Architect do?

Just some of the things that architects can help you with include:

  • Ensuring that the plans for your new building or room are safe and meet legal requirements
  • Coming up with a design that maximises the space in a way that you might not have thought of
  • Project managing so you don’t have to – they can oversee builders and other tradespeople
  • Helping you seek and get planning permission

If you’re thinking about building an extension, converting your loft or building your own home, an architect can help you turn your ideas into proper designs and plans that will pass through planning permission and will use all the space wisely.

Why should I take advantage of architectural services?

While there’s no legal requirement to engage an architect for your project, they can be helpful to have on board. If you’re not sure what you want out of your new space, an architect can give you ideas and help you think of ways to use the new area that you might not have considered before.

Architects are usually extremely good at seeing the ‘big picture’ in house designs, so they will ensure that you get a truly beautiful space that uses light correctly and all the rooms flow together.

If you know that you won’t be able to manage your entire project and ensure that all the tradespeople are on-target, it’s well worth hiring an architect to do this for you. They have all the experience in overseeing entire projects and ensuring that they get completed on time.

For a person to call themselves an architect (not an architectural designer), they must be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). They have a statutory code of practice that they must adhere to, so you know that you’ll be protected if anything goes wrong.

What’s the difference between an architect and architectural designer?

Architects must be registered with the ARB to call themselves an architect. To join the ARB, they need to have all the relevant qualifications and insurance. However, there are skilled specialists called architectural designers or technicians that don’t need to be registered, as they aren’t fully-qualified architects – but they still have lots of experience and qualifications.

If you’re planning on a small- to medium-sized project, you might want to consider hiring an architectural designer or technician; they’re usually slightly cheaper than registered architects but can still offer lots of useful advice. They will still be good at designing an interesting room or building that takes advantage of light and space.

Will using an architect save me money?

Hiring an architect probably isn’t a money-saving purchase. Many people do complete renovations or building works without them and still get a great finish. However, if you really want something really special, an architect is worth the money.

In the long term, an architect could save you money if your project is a tricky one where you need to complete lots of planning applications. If anything is done wrong, your local authority could force you to demolish and rebuild your extension or building, which could cost thousands. Plus, if you have a perfectly-designed house or room that uses all the space available, it could attract more buyers if you come to sell your property in the future. So while engaging an architect might not save you money initially, in the long term you could make more money from using them.

Average Residential architectural services cost

Different residential architectural projects can cost different amounts. It depends on the scale on the project, the services you ask your architect to help you with, and your location. The common fee homeowners tend to pay their residential architect is about £1,000, but your project could be significantly more or less. Some architects charge a set fee, while others with ask for a percentage of the total construction cost.

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£4,680

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£9,722

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£15,019

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Prices based on actual Residential architectural services costs for your area, as reported by local Quotatis members.

Residential architectural services installation cost in your area 2022

Labour cost £700
Material cost £250
Waste removal £50
Time frame: 2-12 months

Advantages for Residential architectural services

  • Provides builders will a more accurate plan of what is required upfront
  • Can lead to lower overall costs compared to builder doing the plans

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Residential architectural services FAQs

How long does it take to get plans produced by a residential architect?

Generally the process for having plans produced will only take a month or two. Major works or new builds can take upto ten months to produce. This will depend on the requirements of your project and the number of technical drawings you need produced. An architect will always advise you based on the project how long these will realistically take.

Do I need a residential architect?

Residential architects can help make sure that your building or extension is designed beautifully. They may also be able to develop plans which create extra space, or add more functionality. In addition, having plans may speed up the building process and reduces the chance of errors.

Are there different styles of guttering?

There are lots of different styles and colours of guttering to suit any property. Half round is the standard style, but guttering is also available in ogee (half square), deep flow (U shaped), and square styles or box guttering (three straight sided).

Can a residential architect help me with planning permission?

Yes. Residential architects are invaluable and will be able to manage the application process as well as offer you advice on the best way to design your building to satisfy the local authority. They can also help with ideas as well as advising on what is possible and what is not possible.

How to reduce architect fees?

If you’d like to hire a residential architect, but have limited funds, there are several things you can try to reduce their quote.

Firstly, you don’t necessarily need to hire them for project management – you could just ask them to do the design. This will mean you’ll have to do some extra donkey work, but you could choose between finding a cheaper professional to do your project management or simply doing it yourself.

There might also be other architectural services that you can cut down on. Some professionals offer extras like landscape, interior and detailed joinery design. If you can do without any of these, this will help to reduce the overall cost.

You could also think about scaling down your project. Lots of residential architects work out their fees as a percentage of the total construction cost of your project. Lower the cost of this, and your fees might go down too.

How to choose an architect for home building?

When you’re trying to decide on an architect to hire, start by making sure that all the professionals you consider specialise in residential architectural services. The architect you choose needs to be an expert in and have plenty of experience working on similar projects to yours.

It’s also important to factor in what other customers think. Look for online reviews of the professionals you find, ask to see portfolios of their work and even ask for references. This will help to give you an idea of whether they’re skilled and reliable.

Make sure you also meet and have a discussion with any architects you’re considering hiring for your home building project. It’s vital for you to get on with them and to share the same vision, otherwise you’ll struggle to get the end result you want.

Do I need an architect for an extension?

It’s not essential to hire an architect for a new extension project, but it can help you get a good result.

If you’d like to put your whole extension project in the hands of a professional, hiring an architect is a great idea. They’ll work with you to create the design you want, and can manage planning applications and work with building contractors to make sure your extension ends up just the way you want it.

However, if you want to save money, there are plenty of other options. Even if you’ve got good vision, you’ll need a professional of some kind to draw up plans for you. Either hire an architect to only do design work, or hire a design and build company to do the whole thing for you. If you’ve got the skills, you could even commission a design professional to draw up the plans and then build the thing yourself.

There are lots of design professionals out there, with different levels of experience and skill. So, it’s a good idea to pick a professional who has the level of skill to match your needs.

How should I choose a residential architect?

The key aspect to choosing the right residential architect for your project is communication. Make sure you choose an architect who you can communicate well with – it’s vital that you are able to accurately communicate your requirements for your building.

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