In this post, we’ll discuss what architects and design professionals can do for you and whether you need one.
First of all, it’s worth clarifying the difference between an architect and other titles such as architectural technologist and design professionals. Under Section 20 of the 1997 Architects Act, the term ‘architect’ can only be used by individuals or businesses on the Architects Register.
That said, you can still benefit from a wealth of expertise and experience with design professionals who don’t have the specific certifications required to label themselves an architect.
When people ask ‘do I need an architect’, they’re seldom referring to those certifications, and instead to the services they offer, such as detailed designs and drawings or experience of the planning process – which design professionals are also fully equipped to assist with.
When you’re making changes to your home, it’s easy to think that you only need the construction workers who will actually ‘do’ the work required. However, architects and those with architectural expertise can add enormous value to your project before a single brick has been laid.
Architectural technologists create detailed designs and drawings that turn your vision, ideas and requirements into a workable plan. They provide information on what’s possible and practical, as well as unique insight to improve the end result of your build or renovation.
That extends from the structural integrity of a design to the finer details like positioning doors, lights and even rooms within a home. They also have a wealth of experience when it comes to the planning process, so they can take the weight off your shoulders and maximise the chances of your application being approved.
With all that in mind, architectural experts are highly beneficial (and in many cases necessary) on a wide range of projects…
Projects that impact the outside of your property are top of the list when it comes to an architectural professional’s remit – from rear and side extensions to wraparounds and ground floor to multi-storey.
While builders know the ‘how’ side of the project, design professionals will look at the bigger picture to make sure your extension is safe and legal, assisting with the planning permission process or advising on permitted developments.
Crucially, they can get the most out of the space available while minimising the impact on your home’s exterior – including the space you’re extending into, such as your garden or driveway.
Garage, basement and loft conversions are all ways of utilising existing space in your home based on your requirements. Given that the space itself is already constructed, the primary concern is usually getting the most out of it.
Again, architectural technologists can add considerable insight to these projects. From the positioning of fixtures and fittings to maximise light and space, to the overall layout of the room to fit your needs, they’ll make sure you have a conversion that not only looks good, but works well too.
The same applies to smaller changes within your home, such as doors and windows, piping and vents or room to room adjustments.
It can be hard to know where to start when it comes to a new-build project. In most cases, the answer is someone with architectural expertise. Combining the two points above, architectural professionals can create designs and floor plans that combine safety, legality and functionality for a new-build home.
From the dimension of each room and their placement within a home to the layout of the rooms themselves and the positioning of each feature or fixture – architectural technologists will help you maximise your enjoyment of your new home, not to mention its market value.
Whether it’s a new-build home or the conversion of an existing space, it’s ultimately up to you whether you need an architectural professional. While they’re not legally required on any project, they can make the planning and design process a lot easier and improve the finished project to maximise your return on investment.
At White Agus, we specialise in bespoke floor and elevation plans for new builds, extensions and conversions. To talk more about how we can help with your project, don’t hesitate to contact our team on 01226 208482.