What can my architect do for me?

Architects can do everything from design plans to overseeing the construction of your renovation project. When you ask your selected architects to quote, make sure you are clear of the work you need them to carry out. 

Here are the main roles covered by your architect to help guide you.


Creative design sketches

A qualified architect (ARB) will be able to provide you with inspiration on your project and provide several options based on your brief.

It might be that you are clear on what you want out of your renovation project and don’t need any inspiration. In which case, you can work with an architectural technologist to complete your architectural plans.


Advise on costs

An architect experienced in your type of project will be able to advise you on the broad cost of your project. If you think that the designs will send you way over budget, they may be able to suggest changes to your plans to meet your budget.


Detailed architectural plans

Based on the designs, your architect will be able to carry out detailed architectural plans to scale for your planning application.


Planning application

Most architects can apply for planning permission on your behalf. This will take away much of the hassle as well as make sure the application is accurate and have all of the necessary information available.


Liaise with a structural engineer

Once you are happy with your planning application, your architect can work with a structural engineer so the engineer can prepare drawings with calculations for building control. They may also apply for building regulations approval on your behalf. Make sure you are clear who is doing this and follow up to get the certificates.


Advise on other notices 

Your architect will be able to provide advice on other notices, such as the Party Wall Act. They should be able to provide you with the relevant contacts to help with any other notices, such as appoint a surveyor, however the cost would be an additional fee.


Oversee the construction process

If you don’t have the time, your architect will be able to oversee the project for you. This may include tendering and overseeing the build work as well as working with the local authority.


A final word….

If you are on a budget you can do much of this work yourself. Many people employ an architect to do the drawings only and do the rest of the work themselves.

Published: August 23, 2018

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