Often we are asked for advice when a building owner is confused about what to do next, or when a building project has gone awry. Here are some of the questions we are often asked, and ones which we think you may be asking yourself. We hope to help you answer them.
- How can I build my perfect home or extension? And save energy?
- How can I choose the right person to design it?
- Why should I use an architect & not a surveyor / project manager?
- How should I convert an old barn, mill or outbuilding?
- My building is Listed, what should I do?
- I need more space, where do I start? What will it cost?
We offer a free guide to home makeovers, extensions, conversions and energy upgrades. There are several key things you need to ask yourself before embarking on your project, and seven deadly sins – things to avoid to enable your project to run smoothly.
Golden rules for a great house make-over
Seven deadly sins in extending your home
If you want an overall guide to general home improvements and how to start, just enter your details below. If you have a specific question, email us or call on 01373 831256. For free tailored guides, choose from the following;
- Older house makeovers
- Town house extensions
- Outbuilding / Barn / Mill conversions
- Ecohome / low energy advice
Why use an architect?
Building or extending a home will be the most expensive spend in most people’s lives, wouldn’t you want a professional assisting you with that? As professionals, architects carry professional indemnity insurance, don’t you want that safety blanket? They go through a rigorous, lengthy and continual process of qualification, education and training that is overseen and regulated by professional standards. Architects can provide services throughout the whole process – design, approvals, documentation and administration all in the interests of the client (where is a builder’s interest if he is designing as well?), wouldn’t you want someone to do all of that for you?
And on top of all of that, guess what, they design buildings! They consider where the sun is, where the breezes are, the views, your needs, environmental factors, planning regulations, the spaces, the feel, the livability, the aesthetics, materials, budget…. you don’t want that?
Choosing an Architect
Check they are registered with the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB, www.arb.org.uk) and industry body The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA, www.architecture.com), though RIBA membership, unlike ARB, isn’t compulsory for architects. Start with RIBA’s listed practices, and ask around, because architects get most of their work by word of mouth.