The endless variety of developments that could be undertaken naturally require the involvement of a different set of procedures and professionals. When it comes to smaller-scale, usually residential projects, some would ask themselves the ultimate question of whether they necessarily need an architect’s service in order to move their ideas forward. This article will expand on what a designer offers, as well as how and why it would be beneficial to any developer regardless of their scheme size and complexity.
Hiring an architect is just like seeking any other professional help that is out on the market: going to a hairdresser, seeing a doctor or calling a plumber: they all provide a service for something, one technically could do themselves: cut their own hair, fix a leaky tap and so on. Paying someone qualified to do those for us does mean spending more but gives the customer the comfort that a long-lasting, quick and stress-free solution would be provided for their money. The same goes when hiring an architect.
When involving a RIBA qualified architect in the design, you don’t just get a set of drawings. You receive all of the knowledge, experience, and advice a designer can offer: from tedious paperwork to intricate detailing, to capable builders, to solving problems with the council – an architect has the properties to make the development process easier on the client in a variety of areas.
Being familiar with the long, possibly complicated process of documentation involved in building developments, especially in preservation areas, listed buildings or green belts, an architect would be your representative in front of the local authority. This removes a substantial amount of stress or confusion from the client’s shoulders, making keeping up with deadlines, fees and requirements demanded by the council, manageable and understandable.
Having an architect by your side and hearing their opinion adds more value to any development. Not only in terms of aesthetics but also when it comes to costs. A professional architect offers a range of options to suit a client’s requirements to help avoid any risks in the long run or problems that could be encountered during the building process. An architect analyses every step of the build process to find the best solutions, tailored to a client’s budget. Their knowledge in the field would increase the design quality of future developments, making them energy-efficient, sustainable, practical and aesthetically proven.
To put things in a nutshell, hiring an architect is an investment, which saves you time, money and effort while dealing with documentation, preventing any problems and finding efficient and environmentally friendly solutions to match their employer’s requirements and fit their new developments to their personal needs and lifestyle.