Ar­chi­tec­tural de­signs

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en­sure you get the most out of your project. Your ar­chi­tect will con­struct de­signs that cater to your spec­i­fi­ca­tions, style and bud­get that are pre­sented in the brief. Self-build ar­chi­tects cater to the in­di­vid­ual needs of your project, and pos­sess ex­pe­ri­ence with a vast num­ber of build­ing styles and con­struc­tion tech­niques. All ar­chi­tects reg­is­tered with the Royal In­cor­po­ra­tion of Ar­chi­tects in Scot­land (RIAS), Ar­chi­tects Reg­is­tra­tion Board (ARB) and the Royal In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Ar­chi­tects (RIBA) have the abil­ity to pre­pare scale draw­ings and of­ten 3D mod­els of the pro­posed self-project. This in­for­ma­tion will be pre­sented to you in de­sign de­vel­op­ment meet­ings. This en­sures you’re get­ting ex­actly what you want be­fore build­ing work starts. Need more rea­sons to hire an ar­chi­tect for your self-build? Houzz UK Con­trib­u­tor Michael Schienke, di­rec­tor and founder at Vor­bild Ar­chi­tec­ture, of­fers just a few.

They will hold your hand

Peo­ple of­ten think only of the mone­tary value a good ar­chi­tect can add to their home, by cre­at­ing a more co­her­ent de­sign, or adding a new room, for ex­am­ple. But ar­chi­tects also know the de­sign and build process back to front.

They will of­ten come up with good ideas you may never have imag­ined

Ar­chi­tects de­sign spa­ces from the in­side out. If you ask them to draw an ex­ten­sion, they’ll do that, but they’ll also dis­cuss how you in­tend to use the space, or even how you use the whole prop­erty, to make sure the ex­ten­sion and the way it looks and feels makes sense for you.

They can help you with your room lay­out

While an ar­chi­tect’s main train­ing is to look at the whole house on a grand scale, they also know how to look at ev­ery de­tail. So with a kitchen, for in­stance, they’ll make sure it func­tions ef­fi­ciently for you and you can seam­lessly move from one task to an­other with­out go­ing back­wards and for­wards.

They can help you work to your means

This func­tion is much more com­mon in main­land Europe than in the UK, where cost con­sul­tants or quan­tity sur­vey­ors have taken over this part of the ar­chi­tect’s ex­per­tise. Still, many ar­chi­tects can help you with form­ing your bud­get right from the start, so you can feel more in con­trol and work out whether you can af­ford that more ex­pen­sive kitchen you al­ways wanted.

They think out­side the box

They like to en­cour­age cre­ativ­ity. That wacky idea, which at the be­gin­ning every­one smiled about, could ac­tu­ally be bril­liant, and an ar­chi­tect can think it through prac­ti­cally. Their abil­ity to look at a house over­all, think and pre-empt how you might use it or, more im­por­tantly, how you could make even bet­ter use of it, can lead him or her to sug­gest com­pletely dif­fer­ent points of view to some­one solely look­ing at one room in iso­la­tion. Ar­chi­tects can help you to in­vest wisely in your home. Think of en­gag­ing an ar­chi­tect as an in­vest­ment in your house. The more you can im­prove your prop­erty, max­imise the avail­able space or even get per­mis­sion for a larger ex­ten­sion, the more you stand to in­crease its value.

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