architectIf you’re adding an extension to your home or starting another remodeling project, you might be considering using the services of a professional architect.  Yes, it’s true that having an architect on board can add thousands to your project’s budget, which isn’t great when you’re trying to keep costs down, but can you really afford to be without the expertise and knowledge of a professional in their field?  Architects can provide a range of services that will help you with your project, and this can be invaluable, particularly if you don’t have any prior experience.

What do architects do?

Architects look at your property, listen to your ideas and then draw up solutions, coming up with approximate building costs to help you plan your project.  They’ll draw up floor plans or blueprints, work alongside a structural engineer for any permits, oversee construction and help to select contractors – their advice and assistance is invaluable.

Budget friendly

Whilst architects fees can be expensive, make sure you get quotes from a few before selecting the right architect for your project.  Usually, fees can be negotiated – some architects will charge a flat fee for drawing up plans or blue prints, and many will charge an hourly rate once construction begins.  Remember that it’s your budget, so let the architect know exactly what you need them to do and take things from there; be honest about your budget and what you can realistically afford!

Saving money

Whilst it costs quite a bit to hire an architect, having one on board is a good idea as they will actually save you money.  If you’re making changes to the exterior of your property or spending more than five per cent of the property’s value on significant changes, you should hire an architect.  The architect’s role is to ensure your plans are visually appealing, complementing the rest of your property.

New faces

If you’re on a really tight budget, you might be wondering how you can afford an architect – do you really need one?  Look for newly-qualified architects whose fees will match their experience; they’ll be keen to get stuck into a project and you will save money, so it’s a win-win situation!

The benefits

So, why do you really need an architect – what benefits will they bring to the table?  For a start, your home will be more aesthetically pleasing if you hire an architect to add the ‘wow’ factor to your project.   Architects care about the finished product and what it looks like, so you can be sure your extension or home improvements will look stunning.  You’ll also have an extra pair of (experienced) hands on board to oversee all aspects of your project, from costing to permits, floor plans and blue prints, and they’ll ensure that your contractors are carrying out work to a high standard in terms of quality and safety.

Hiring an architect for your next project is a great idea which is sure to make things run much more smoothly – you’ll wonder how you ever managed without one!