If you are planning to embark upon a renovation or building project, you may be tempted to take on the design of it yourself, or hire a contractor without calling on the expertise of a professional residential architect. Understandably, you want to know the completed works are exactly to your expectations; within timelines agreed, and that it hasn’t cost any more than it should have. All of this is a lot easier to achieve with a professional architect on your team.
In our experience at Buildburo, here are just some of the advantages of working with a residential architect:
residential architects can save you money
Renovating can become quite costly if it is not managed properly. By giving the residential architect an idea of your budget, they can work to it and help you make decisions that will keep you within it. Costs can be cut by tapping in to your architect’s contacts as they will have worked on many projects before and built up relationships with trustworthy suppliers. We regularly advise residential architects and help them build accurate costings during the design phase as well as offering our construction expertise on what is achievable within your property.
A professional residential architect can also save you money after the build is completed and Buildburo have finished by designing your new home with energy efficiency in mind – a great design should go some way in reducing the cost of your heating and electricity bills. What’s more, a well-designed renovation will usually add considerable value to your home when you decide to sell. Equally, a poorly designed home may have the opposite effect.
residential architects offer informed advice
Often with renovations and building works, planning permission or building regulations can become an issue. A lot of complicated paperwork is generally involved, but a good quality residential architect such as BuroArchitects can help you with all of this, saving the headache of organising it yourself and a lot of time.
There is a lot of paperwork involved – the architect can handle all of this paperwork for you. You will never be expected to agree to or sign anything that hasn’t been explained to you. A residential architect will also be able to look at the finite details of your project, considering the practicalities and any solutions to issues that might arise before coming to us or in dialogue with us at the start of your project. You can also be confident that there will be no issues with your paperwork and all the correct procedures will have been followed, reducing anxieties for prospective buyers when it’s time for you to move on.
Architects know great design
If you want a particular style for an out-house or a specific layout for a room, your architect can let you know quickly if it’s practical and within your budget, saving you any research time. They can also introduce their own creativity to your brief.
A residential architect will have a clear understanding of all your options when it comes to design. Buildburo help with the practicalities of these options from a structural and economical perspective. We look at the finite details of your build to make sure it is sustainable for what you wish to use it for, and if it will be adaptable in the future too. Any questions at all that you might have about your project can easily be answered by Buildburo and explained in detail to you and your architect.
Architects oversee building work
The beginning of the building work is always an exciting but often stressful time. Buildburo project manage the construction phase of your project, closely communicating with residential architects. We manage all the contractors and subcontractors and ensure they are working to the right deadlines – a lot of work to take on your behalf, but your professional architect will also help deal with all this for you.
Although we will have given an accurate estimate of how long elements of your project might take, an architect will also know how long each process of the build takes, decreasing the likelihood of delays and extra charges to you from your architect as well as Buildburo. If any delays or issues are to happen, your architect can liaise with us directly to discuss ways of resolving them or avoiding them.
Architects ensure your expectations are met
Anyone that calls themselves an architect must have received several years of training. This goes way beyond being able to draw clear building layouts. Importantly, they are typically strong project managers and excellent communicators. Ultimately, the architect’s job is to make sure that your project meets the expectations of your brief and part of their role is to ensure that we at Buildburo are making it happen. As they are managing the project for you, it is in their best interest that everything runs smoothly and you are happy.
All renovation and building projects carried out by Buildburo have highly experienced architects working as part of the team. If you would like to talk to us about your project call us today on 020 7352 5250.