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Do I Need An Architect?

If you’re building, extending or changing the structure of a house, you’ll no doubt be weighing up the steps involved. One of those will be hiring an architect, who can help with the design and planning process.

The question on many property owners’ minds is ‘do I need an architect’? In this post, we’ll discuss the role of architects in building projects, the value they add, and whether you need one.

What do architects do?

Architects primarily create detailed designs, plans and drawings for new buildings, extensions or major renovations of existing spaces.

Working with an architect will provide a reliable insight into what’s practical and how to make spaces structurally sound. They also have invaluable expertise when it comes to the finer details of your project, including the placement of lights, direction of doors and position of rooms within your home.

Above all else, architects are trained in looking at the bigger picture to make the most of the space available to you and turn your vision into a reality. However, they also have a wealth of experience in the design and planning process. Architects know building regulations and permitted developments, for example, like the back of their hand.

Do I need an architect?

Most people asking ‘do I need an architect?’ will be doing so because they want to cut corners on their project. Taking an architect out of the equation will cut the costs up front, which seems like a good idea.

Legally speaking, no you don’t need an architect. Nobody is legally obliged to hire an architect on their project. However, it’s always important to consider the value an architect or design professional can add to your new-build, extension or other renovation.

With a wealth of experience in designing, planning and even managing building projects, architects can add a huge amount of value – not just to the building project, but the finished build itself. With a good architect or designer, you’re more likely to get the results you’re after, which could actually save you money in the long run.

Saving time and money

Legal requirements are a case in point. While they’re not legally required themselves, professionals with architectural know-how can help you navigate building regulations and planning permission applications. By creating designs which adhere to building regulations and are likely to be approved (or already permitted) by planners, they could save you a lot of time, stress and even money.

Another example would be the detailed designs and drawings they produce. These plans make it much easier to get an accurate cost for your project overall. You’ll be better placed to get accurate quotes from contractors and buy the right materials for the job, with no unexpected costs further down the line.

Architects vs design professionals

One thing that is worth noting when it comes to the need for an architect is that the term itself is actually legally protected. Under Section 20 of the Architects Act (1997), it can only be used by individuals or businesses which have joined the Architects Register – and have the specific certifications required to do so.

However, there are still countless design professionals who have a wealth of expertise when it comes to designs, construction and the planning process. Despite not being an ‘architect’ per se, they can still add the same value to your project by creating accurate drawings, eliminating delays, and improving the quality of the finished build.

Architectural expertise on your side

If you’re wondering whether you need architectural kn0w-how on your side, the answer is almost always yes – unless you’re just getting your grass cut! At Milestone Builders, we provide specialist architectural design services for homeowners throughout Sheffield and the surrounding areas.

Combining architectural expertise and construction know-how, we can create bespoke designs that provide the most value for your budget and provide expert advice to help you through every step of the design and planning process.

Want to find out more? Simply book a free consultation online and we can discuss your project in more detail.

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