One of the most important parts of any building project is choosing the correct architect firm.
Ensuring that you have the right architect to design your building is essential. It is important that they understand the local planning rules and regulations and are up to date with the latest building regulations. If they don’t, regardless of how great their design is – if it cannot be built, your money will be wasted.
Before you search for a prospective architecture firm, make sure you know and fully understand what you want from the space you are creating.
What to consider
Check with local builders and tradespeople and if they know of a good architect they have worked with. Source roughly two to three architects to contact. They should visit you initially without charge to discuss the project.
Be sure to find out whether they have created designs for extensions and conversions in the area of your local authority, ask what their approval rate is for submissions and speak to local building control surveyors.
Secure in writing that they have full knowledge of planning permission on building regulations (or standards) in your local authority.
Tell the architect your minimum and maximum budget for the build and explain whether this includes decoration and/or additional features.
Next, you will want to find out what services firm will supply and how many property visits are required to finalise the design.
Make sure you sign a contract with the architect and agree on payment terms in return for the services they offer.
Finally, ensure there is modern office furniture available at the firm if you want to keep the staff morale levels high.
If you need an architect in Birmingham, Abacus Architects covers a wide variety of architectural areas:
- Residential; both private and community
- Listed Buildings
- Conservation works
- Community projects
- Specialist projects
- Retail development