Why it Pays to Consult an Architect for your Home Renovations
Updated: Oct 6, 2022
When you first start planning any home renovations; it is easy to get carried away dreaming about the end result and not always consider how you get there. The first step should always be to consult a professional experienced designer as soon as possible.
Their expertise, together with your ideas and requirements, are so helpful to arrive at the final design quickly; without impacting the cost and quality of the build. The professional designer is not there to block your home renovation dreams but help steer you to a realistic design; whilst keeping in mind any building construction techniques, building regulations and planning requirements. Equally, there are occasions when the homeowner may not be confident sharing their ideas and dreams or has no idea how to even go about creating more space. However, a top-notch designer can tease the client’s woolly idea and with encouragement and by adding meat to the bones; they can develop a stunning and practical solution together. Unfortunately, some homeowners bypass this step and go straight to a builder for their extension, loft conversion or re-modelling of their home layout; therefore, causing more stress for months (or even years) down the line. This can involve problems coming up during, at the end of the project or even worse years later when they decide to sell. This is just one example of the many requests Building Tectonics receive as an architectural practice: –
“Back in 2014, I carried out a garage conversion to turn the space into an art studio. At the time I was advised by my builder that planning permission was not required as the garage could not be accessed from within the house, had no toilet facilities and was less than 30m2.
I am now selling my house and the Buyer’s Solicitors are asking for a Certificate of Completion, a Certificate of Regulation and drawings of the garage prior to and after the work was completed. I do not have any of these items; so, therefore, need professional advice or an inspection of the garage conversion”.
Whilst the majority of builders are trustworthy and should identify any issues that could potentially occur before they start a home renovation project; there are many who are just as eager to get going and take the money and therefore, aren’t as prudent when giving advice. Having a reputable design company on board also helps with the finer details that most of us rarely think about, but if misdesigned it could potentially end up being a costly mistake. They can advise you on reputable local builders, project manages the build and keep it within your budget. As they are subject to a statutory code of practice and have Professional Indemnity Insurance to protect their clients; you are more importantly covered in all areas.
It is always advisable to plan ahead as much as possible on any home renovations and see if they will cover potential future life events like having children or elderly parents moving in with you further down the line. This way it will then save you both time and money in the long run. Always make sure the correct planning and building regulations have been adhered to and certificates received; to save you a lot of time and stress further down the line. If you need any help or advice on this area or would like Building Tectonics to conduct a Feasibility Scheme to assess your home renovation options; please either call us on 01908 366000 or email:- firstname.lastname@example.org