Do I Need An Architect For An Extension?
If you’re planning an extension, you might be wondering if you really need an architect. Perhaps it’s a very simple and straightforward modest project that doesn’t need planning permission, and in that case, you don’t necessarily need an architect.
However, a good architect can help you find the best solutions for your project. They will advise on where to spend your budget, and where to save, and guide you through the planning, building regulations, freeholder consent and party wall issues, and may even help you appoint a builder, get the right price and, if needed, oversee the builder’s work.
Can I just go straight to a builder?
Talking to a builder at the initial stages of the project can provide you with a rough idea of cost, and a shortlist for a more detailed quote later on, but they will not be able to give you an accurate quote without being able to study a decent set of drawings and specifications.
The design process is a critical aspect of the project, and key to its success. Getting the design right will ensure you are happy with the end result, and it will save you time, money, and headaches throughout the build.
Once you can present your designs to a builder, you will be able to get accurate and like-for-like quite, and it will ensure that you and your builder are on the same page, which can help mitigate disputes and unexpected costs during the construction of your design.
Whatever the scope of your extension, it is always worth meeting with a design professional before you enter into an agreement with a builder.
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