Do You Need An Architect?
Updated: 6 days ago
No matter the size, there is naturally a lot to think about when it comes to taking on a home renovation project.
In short, the answer to this question is yes. While there is no law that requires you to hire an architect, employing a reputable architect and their expertise will benefit the project greatly.
Experienced and reputable architects have a wealth of knowledge that can help bring your project to life without you ever having to compromise on quality.
Having an architect on board for big projects that impact both the exterior and structure of your house will provide you with the expertise and security that you’re creating a safe and secure home.
The Benefits Of Hiring An Architect
There are numerous benefits associated with hiring an architect that you might not be aware of.
The benefits of hiring an architect include, but are not limited to:
An architect can refine your ideas and provide creative solutions
An architect helps you avoid design errors
Good design is a profitable investment
Prioritising your safety
Negotiations are simplified
1. An Architect Can Refine Your Ideas & Provide Creative Solutions
A benefit of hiring an architect is that they refine your ideas and provide creative solutions.
Your architect will be able to take your ideas and refine them to create an architectural design that’s inspiring and uplifting, regardless of the size of the project.
They’ll also be able to design intricate details and address any issues you might run into that you’ve not even thought of if you’ve never undertaken a project like this before.
Regardless of the space you have, they’ll be able to come up with creative solutions to deliver the best possible outcome.
2. An Architect Helps You Avoid Design Errors
A significant benefit associated with hiring an architect is that they can help you avoid design errors.
Design errors not only cause significant delays but can be very costly in the long run. This can eat into your budget, and even compromise the quality and delivery of the overall project.
Hiring a reputable architect with a large portfolio and multiple positive client testimonials can help you prevent design errors from occurring in the first instance.
This can save you a significant amount of time, hassle, and money down the road.
3. Good Design Is A Profitable Investment
Although the amount of value you can add to your property depends on the type and size of the project itself, hiring an architect can ensure your home renovation project is a profitable investment.
For instance, for ‘a single-storey extension, you can expect to add around 5-8% to the value of your house’, emphasising how profitable some projects can be.
An architect can suggest ways to improve your property whilst creating designs that maximise the potential of the space, allowing you to see it in a totally different light.
So whether you’re planning an extension, a garage conversion, or a whole home renovation, you’re almost guaranteed a better result and investment with an architect on board.
4. An Architect Will Prioritise Your Safety
In a world of ‘cowboy builders’, your safety should always be your priority, and hiring an architect allows you to do just that.
A reputable architect will ensure that all the work is carried out to a professional standard and that all guidelines and building regulations are met.
Architects can also help you apply for planning permission, as the majority of local architects will have years of experience in dealing with planning departments.
As such, a good architect will also have a comprehensive understanding of what architectural designs will and won’t be approved whilst keeping your wants and safety at the forefront of their mind.
5. Negotiations Are Simplified
Last, but not least, a benefit of employing an architect is that negotiations are simplified.
The construction industry is rife with delays. A recent study found that ‘91% of those who responded said that they had been involved in a project that had experienced delays’, highlighting how prevalent the issue is.
While delays can often be unavoidable, your architect can act on your behalf and keep you within the loop.
Your architect will help you to find the best builder for the project and will also manage negotiations as well as the whole project to ensure it is delivered within budget.
They’re also your expert eyes and ears, meaning it’s their job to represent your interests with reputable builders and the local authorities.
As such, negotiations regarding your project are simplified with an architect on your side.
Hopefully this article has given you a wider understanding of the value architects bring to a project, as well as the benefits of hiring one.
Written by Jemima Thomas for Deer Architects, a business providing bespoke architectural services in Cardiff and South Wales.