Working with an Architect for your home

Your home is likely to be your most valuable asset and the process of designing and building or extending it may feel like a daunting prospect.

Hiring an architect is the key to creating your dream home, tailored to your own personal tastes, needs and desires.

Whatever the brief, architects will bring something more to the table. Their extensive formal education and practical experience means that you can be sure of design quality. And of course they are professionals, working to strict codes of conduct and service so you are in safe hands.

First things first

Before contacting an architect, you will need to draw up a project brief. This is your wish-list for the project. Focus on what you want to achieve, noting down all your requirements and highlighting any problems that need solving. Think in terms of how you will use the space now and in the future, rather than what needs to be built.

You should also try to establish your overall budget. This will help you discuss costs upfront with the architect and avoid disappointment at a later stage.

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