Do I need to employ an architect?

When deciding to undertake major renovations or expansions of your home or business, one of the first questions you should ponder is whether or not you will need to employ an architect to help you with the project.

This is a question that should be carefully considered, as it could have a huge bearing of the cost and quality of your design.

Although there is no rule that compels people to employ an architect when they are carrying out building work, it is often a good idea to do so. Broadly speaking, if someone is undertaking a project for which they will need to acquire planning permission, then it is probably the case that an architect will need to be employed.

Here are just a few more reasons why you may need to employ a professional architect:

They know what they’re doing

Although some people have been able to successfully undertake a major building job without the help of an architect, it is much easier and safer to do so for people with little design experience. This is because architects are in the best position to plan works so that they are as safe, attractive and efficient as they can possibly be.

They have vision

It is often the case that home and business owners know vaguely what they want when it comes to a major design project, but they do not know exactly how to realise their concepts and bring them into existence. In this case, employing an architect is a great idea, as they will be able to work with the owner to bring their vision to life in a practical way.

Project management

Architects can also help with everything from securing all-important planning permission to ensuring the build goes without a hitch. They can be the client’s eyes and ears, which takes a lot of stress out of the whole process.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
May 6, 2015
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