It’s best not to leave important decisions to the luck of the draw when embarking on an enterprise that is likely to cost thousands of pounds, be it a loft conversion, an extension or something similar. If you have designs on getting improvements to your existing home or modernising a newly acquired one, you will probably require an architect of some description, whether it’s a registered one, a technician or a surveyor.
For some people, the cost of moving house, what with stamp duty, the hire of a removal company, along with fees for solicitors, estate agents and mortgages, can seem prohibitive. A better or cheaper option might be to stay put and extend.
For others, a bungalow might be an attractive option if there’s an opportunity to go into the roof and make it a two storey property.
That’s where architects come in. They have been specifically trained to be capable of introducing a high level of artistic flair and elegance.
They can also apply their valuable background knowledge when it comes to completing tasks of this nature.
These days you can check whether an architect has met the required standard through a register organised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), which has public access, on www.arb.org.uk
The ARB is the statutory regulator in this field for the United Kingdom.
For medium-sized assignments, it’s better to garner opinion beforehand instead of booking the first person you find. By discussing before making any commitment you can determine who is going to do the best job in regard to your particular circumstances. Architects that impress with a particular request will also be considering the bigger picture. They will be able to look at circumventing planning issues that might concern regulatory bodies, solar power, the use of renewable energy and the employment of natural phenomena like rainwater or wind. Other things possibly worth noting are how to budget wisely, how to use sustainable methods and how the climate will impact the job at hand.
The overall carbon footprint of the project, how sewage waste will be managed and future use could also be important. There may also be other matters that need tackling before a service provider is hired. Are there restrictions to the building that will hinder its development and what is the legal position of making any changes? And before looking at potential suppliers, it is worth taking into account any points concerning planning applications, party walls and investigating the hiring of builders, contractors or project managers.
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