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If you’re planning a big building project, 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 a residential 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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Prices based on actual Residential architectural services costs, as reported by local Quotatis members.

Residential architectural services installation cost in 2021

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

Do I need an architect to build a house?

Like building an extension, you’re not legally required to hire an architect to build a house. However, given the amount of money you’ll be investing in your project, it’s vital to get it right. Clear, accurate plans are essential for any builder or other tradesperson to get the right materials in the right place. Building projects that go wrong because of inaccurate plans can at best look odd, and at worst be structurally unsound.

We’d recommend hiring either an architect or a skilled design and build company to create the plans for your new house. If you hire an architect to do your designs, you can choose whether to involve them further in your project, or use another professional or your own skills to take care of any applications and project management.

How much maintenance do gutters need?

The amount of maintenance will vary depending on the material of the gutter. However, all gutters should be cleaned regularly. Ideally cleaning should be carried out yearly, or more frequently if there are trees close to the guttering, this prevents overflows and problems elsewhere.

What is the best guttering material?

The best type of guttering material will vary depending on the requirements of the property. For example, on listed buildings cast iron or aluminium guttering may be required to maintain the character of the property. Generally, UPVC is the accepted standard for almost all modern properties.

What does an architect do?

Architects specialise in designing new properties, extensions and interior layouts. Land and property owners typically hire an architect to help them create structures that compliment their environment, make best practical use of space, are structurally sound and meet budget requirements.

Architects typically offer design and project management services. This means that they’re involved in a project from start to finish, creating a concept, submitting planning and other applications, and managing construction. However, you can also hire an architect just to create your design and plans.

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.

Will a commercial architect be expensive?

Not necessarily. Commercial architects may charge either a fixed fee, an hourly rate, or a percentage of the building contract. They could also save you substantial amounts of money as their plans and drawings may stop issues arising later in the construction.

How should I choose a commercial architect?

Choose an architect whose design vision fits with yours – but make sure they’ve got something new to bring to the table. Also check them out to see what projects they have previously undertaken. Ask them. Communication is vital. Pick a commercial architect who can communicate well with everybody involved in the project.

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.

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