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Finding an architectural designer

Whether you simply need building plans or want someone to manage all of the design and construction of your new home, finding the right architect or consultant can be a difficult task. Plentific can help you to find the best options with the right skills in your local area, giving you several choices and even access to customer reviews to help you compare them.

Before hiring an architect, have an astute idea of what you want done, as an architect’s role can range between design work to supervising the construction of your home.

What do you need to know about finding an Architectural Designer?

Before hiring an architect you must be precisely aware of what you need from them. An architect can be hired to do anything between drafting designs and managing your entire building project. You need to know exactly what you want and how much of a budget you can offer to find a choice to suit you. Being able to discuss this can help your choice to give you a bespoke service, and they may even be able to suggest ways that you can save money.

Make sure to check the experience of your choices. For someone to qualify as an architect requires seven years of training. They will have to have registered with the ARB (Architects Registration Board) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), both of which enforce strict standards and codes of conduct. Architectural Designers and Architectural Technologists should be a member of The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). Make sure you check for these qualifications before anything else. As an architect trains they update a Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR) which will be signed by their employers and academic advisors. You can also ask them to present customer reviews from previous jobs to make sure they have the expertise and experience to suit your project. Be wary of freelance architects. To be a successful a freelancer must have years of solid experience and a portfolio of successful projects; a freelancer that lacks this may simply be struggling to find employment with an agency.

For larger projects an architect will work alongside and manage other tradespeople such as contractors, workmen and surveyors. They can also help you through the legal process of designing and building your home. An architecture firm should also be able to recommend tradespeople that they have dealt with in the past, should your project require extra bodies.

Your choice should give you a flat or hourly rate after discussing the project. If they need to bring in more people or equipment, be sure to ask if this will incur additional costs. Ask your choice about their insurance policies and guarantees, particularly for if you are unsatisfied with their work.

Above all, make sure the architect that you choose is someone that you can comfortably work and communicate with. They are there to facilitate and supervise your ideas, after all.

Have a clear contract with your chosen architect including a contractual letter and schedule of fees. Make sure that any changes are examined and approved by a solicitor.

What does an architect do?

An architect is a trained and qualified professional that you can hire to plan, supervise and facilitate the construction of your home. You may also hire an architect to supervise the restoration or conversion of an existing building. As well as designing, architects will also offer services such as managing your budget and dealing with tradespeople and other professionals during construction.

How much does it cost to hire an architect?

The price of hiring an architect is heavily dependant on the size and nature of the job. A technical drawing you can use to apply for planning permission will usually cost at least around £200. Design services, including consultation time and sketches, could cost over £1000.

If the architect you hire supervises the construction of your home, they will usually charge a small percentage (5-10%) of the project's overall budget as a fee. Usually the larger the project the lower the percentage will be. You can also negotiate a lump sum, which can help protect you against overspending and hidden fees.

Remember that hiring the right architect for you is not just a matter of price. You should be sure that they can get the job done to your specifications. There may be cheaper options, but when it comes to architecture you very much get what you are willing to pay for.

Latest Architectural Designer Jobs

Paul M. in SL2

I have planning permission and an architects elevations and plans but need sufficient detail now to get a QS to generate a spec and builders to start. the project is a 2 storey extension to a period cottage with permitted development addition of a single storey further extension and courtyard garden

Tony R. in KT3

i need a rear extension, i need planning approval

Alex D.

I would like to extend my property. I want to transform the attic area in a liveable space, with clever solutions for small spaces. I interviewed many "loft conversion" companies, but they are always failing with the design, since I don't like the typical "box" extension. In my Idea, I would like to remove the ceilings and create a "closed" mezzanine area, ideally a bedroom (with a wet room). I can compromise with finishes, I can redecorate myself, but I want to achieve a good "structure" that lasts over time.

Paul P.

We are moving into a new property and want to know how much it would cost to have a professional provide some basic advice around ground floor designs and layout, including kitchen and some advice on permitted development.

Latest Architectural Designer Reviews

by Amar S.
I hired Saif to carry out and complete the structural beam calculations for a chimney breast removal. Saif was extremely prompt with this replies and showed up when we arranged the site visit. The structural calcs and drawings were recieved within a week. Overall extremely satisfied with his performance and I would use again / recommend - Thank you
by Kerry F.
Manaf was very professional and friendly. He was quick to reply and answer any questions I had. Happy with the work produced and would recommend his service. Thanks
by Asif H.
Excellent communications, friendly, competitive price. He came over and did the preliminary report- knows his stuff. We didn't end up progressing with any further work... but would not hesitate to use him in the future if we needed to. recommended+++
by Matthew B.
Used 4D Planning to obtain permission to change a window to French Doors on to a roof terrace. They were extremely easy to deal with, efficient and fast, with planning granted in less than 6 weeks from start to finish. Wholeheartedly recommend them.