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When do I need an architect?

Simply put, you will need to bring in the skills of an architect whenever you start a building project which remodels your home. Generally, for smaller interior design tasks, you won’t need to spend the extra money to secure the services of an architect and you will be able to carry out the work on your own. However, when you are adding structures like summer houses or extensions, building pools or even constructing a new house from scratch, it’s a good idea to consult an expert in architectural practice. 

What does an architect do?

When you have selected your ideal design scheme using the homify website and your Ideabook, an architect will begin to turn your dreams and plans into reality. Your architect will work with you to draw up formal plans and diagrams showing how construction professionals can build the finished design. In the process, your architect will use sophisticated techniques to ensure that any structure is stable and safe. Using their design skills, an architect will smooth off any rough edges in your own plans, fine tuning the design and creating 3D visualizations until it can be turned into a finished product. Many architects will specialize in certain areas such as kitchen building, garages, or garden work. So, find the ideal architect via homify and get started on creating the perfect home.

Architectural remodelling

Remodelling refers to projects which take existing rooms (or parts of rooms) and renovates them with totally new fittings, colour schemes and layouts. In some cases, to ensure a successful remodelling, it’s a good idea to bring in architectural visualizations to see how the finished room will look. On homify’s website, you can explore the ways that an architect can remodel your home, with experts offering everything from built-in wardrobes to bespoke luxury bathrooms and kitchens, restoration services for older properties, and ecologically sensitive design firms. There are limitless ways to remodel your home—and enlisting an architect through homify’s directory is a positive step towards remodelling that is carried out to the highest standards.

Renovation

Sometimes, you will have a beautiful property with gorgeous features, the right layout and plenty of potential. However, it might have been left to decay, needing a large amount of work to bring it back to a satisfactory standard. In that case, an architect can advise you on how to renovate a property, keeping the features that made it so beguiling and attractive, while adding modern aspects to make the property as liveable as can be. Your architect might advise you to add period features that weren’t there before such as wine cellars or sturdy brick fireplaces. There are plenty of architectural firms that can tell you how to achieve the right historical effect, without making any aesthetic mistakes.

Architectural planning

Nowadays, an architect does much more than draw up a plan for builders to follow. A good architect will also consider aspects such as eco-friendliness, landscaping, and the way that structures fit into the lifestyles of the people who will occupy them. To help in these complex tasks, an architect will have access to advanced architectural planning tools—with CGI packages allowing them to visualize how rooms and buildings will look before construction begins. If you have a prestige project to complete, it might be sensible to enlist the services of visualization specialists who can create accurate images of how the project will look when finished. It’s a great way to avoid expensive mistakes and often pays for itself in the long term. 

Site manager

A site manager will be essential for any complex and expensive design projects where it is vital that the work be completed skilfully and on time. The site manager works with your architect to keep everything running smoothly. They deal with how materials are ordered and transported, as well as managing workers and keeping everything in order. For the architect, consulting the site manager is how they check that their designs are becoming reality. So it makes sense to hire a proficient, reputable site manager to ensure that the project is delivered with minimum hassle.

How do I find the right architect for my home building project?

homify makes it very easy to link up with a skilled architect wherever you are. Our directory lists specialist architect options in every area of home construction and design, along with visualization experts, specialists in materials like glass, as well as eco-sensitive designers and landscapers. homify basically offers a one-stop place to find all of the professionals you will need to complete your home building project.

Are large firms better than smaller, boutique architectural firms?

Not necessarily. Large firms may be a good way to find a more affordable architect for major building projects, and they benefit from having a deep well of expertise to draw on. However, due to their size, you cannot expect big architectural firms to focus on your own little project with precision and passion. On the other hand, a smaller boutique architect firm will often have very few jobs on at one time. Their reputation is often based around word of mouth, and they will not always be a more expensive architect option either.

What do I need to look out for when choosing an architect?

The most important thing to look for when choosing an architect is that the firm you choose knows how to carry out the kind of work you are looking for. If you want a pool and summer house added to your property, it might not make sense to approach an architect firm that mainly builds kitchens. Pay attention to the style of their work, too. If you want a pristine modern interior design, go for architects that have a track record of creating beautiful modern rooms and buildings. It sounds simple, but sometimes architect firms will take on work that they are not equipped for. So shop around on the homify website to find the perfect firm for you.

How much will an architect cost?

An architect is a professional, and their services are not cheap. However, there is a large international market for architectural services, and the internet is driving down the cost of hiring an architect, even for smaller projects. So, you may find a bargain. It’s also worth remembering that hiring a skilled architect can save money in the long run. You can avoid costly renovations to correct mistakes caused by cost-cutting in the construction phase. A home that is designed and built properly will also hold its value more, adding to its resale value.

How can I contact an architect?

homify offers a radically new way to contact the ideal architect for your home design project. You can use the homify directory to seek out the right firm and make contact with them to book a consultation in person, across the internet, or by phone. homify provides full contact details including Facebook links and maps showing where each architect is located, as well as reviews from previous clients. 

What does the Architecture Registration Board do?

Every profession needs to be regulated to prevent rogue traders destroying its reputation, and architecture is no different. The Architecture Registration Board in each country maintains a register of each architect that has received formal qualifications, and they also provide support to members of the public who feel that they have been wronged by architects. Every architect featured by homify will be present on the ARB register, to ensure that clients enjoy the best possible service.

What other professionals do I need for my home building project?

Aside from a skilled architect, you might have to work with other specialists to make sure that your design project comes off without a hitch. These specialists can include:

Interior architect

As the name suggests, an interior architect will specialize in designing and building high quality interior spaces. You might want to combine the services of a general architect for the exterior and general design of your home, while enlisting an interior specialist to create the perfect atmosphere inside the building.

General contractors

General contractors are the professionals that will actually physically build your design. Architects tend to stick to the design side of things, bringing in skilled contractors to carry out specific tasks. At homify, you can find a huge range of contractors, from ironworkers to glass manufacturers, lighting specialists, cellar builders to pool constructors. Visualization professionals and photographers are other contractors who could make a huge difference to your project.

Planning office

Every city has a planning office overseeing how structures are built and what society will allow individuals to create. Before construction of a large building project begins, you will have to run your scheme by the local planning office to secure permission. If you don’t, it could result in expensive legal processes and, potentially, demolition. So this is an obvious must-do.

Kitchen planners

Some rooms require extra skills to get them right, and the kitchen certainly qualifies in this regard. At homify, you can find a huge variety of kitchen planners who will work with your architect to find a design which looks great and meets your practical needs.

Designers

Architects carry out a lot of design work as part of their job, but you can also bring in specialist designers to assist them. Designers have a background in art and design, and can be the difference between a dull, generic design and something truly special. They will also bring technological skills that can make the whole process much easier.