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Five questions to ask your architect

Choosing an architect for your house construction might be difficult. Getting the proper architect, on the other hand, is much more difficult,
which is why it’s critical to ask the appropriate questions.

You’ll need to start by drawing up some blueprints, whether you’re converting or expanding your house. These will form the foundation of
your whole project, from filing your planning application to communicating effectively with your builders. Therefore, it’s critical that you get
them right.

Unfortunately, what appears to be a straightforward activity may soon become difficult, especially if you are unsure of what you are asking
for. Whether you’re considering conventional architects or a more modern online service, these are the five questions you should consider
before deciding who to hire:

Is it truly necessary for me to conduct a scientific survey?

Designs must always be based on an exact set of current floor plans if you don’t want to wind up with gaps between your walls and holes
in your floor. Most architects will prefer to do them themselves (at a cost of about £450), although this isn’t always required. If you
purchased your house within the previous 20 years, blueprints are almost certainly already in place, and they may even be available
online.

If you do want a measured survey, inquire about the technologies your architect uses to make the process more precise and efficient.
Overall, there’s no use in anyone stomping about your property with a tape measure any longer: find someone who can provide you with a
better choice.

What is the estimated completion date for this construction project?

It’s a common misconception that you should only get blueprints made up when you’re certain you want to build and know exactly what
you want. Even if you’re merely considering performing construction work in the future, a set of blueprints may be a wonderful way to get
a feel of what your alternatives are provided they’re priced appropriately.

If you do decide to proceed, make sure the architect provides you with a detailed timetable of how long the project will take. In truth, it
shouldn’t take more than a few days for someone to draw out each draught of your plans, but when you throw in an 8-12 week wait for
planning approval or a legal development certificate before you can start building, it may start to feel like a long time.

Your architect should be able to tell you how long each draught will take to complete, as well as give you an idea of the overall
construction timetable. They should be able to assist you in estimating the total cost of your construction based on their previous
experience with similar projects.Inquire about a few examples of them.

This is critical since there’s no use in designing a design that can’t be realised within your overall budget.

Is VAT included in the budget?

This is crucial, since a £30k budget without VAT may soon balloon to £36k. Make certain you know the answer to this question, both in
terms of the architect’s fee and their cost estimate for the full project.

Part of this entails ensuring that the project’s scope has been properly specified. Make certain that you understand everything they will
give you, from the original floor plans to the detailed drawings, and that it meets your requirements.Before you start, your architect should
be able to show you a sample of their deliverables.

Will I need to get approval from the city planners?

Not everyone needs planning approval, and our guide to allowed development rights may be found here. Your architect should be able to
tell you whether or not your project will require permits, as well as design ideas that are likely to be accepted (though no assurance can be
given).

Because your council establishes planning regulations, it’s a good idea to see if your architect has worked with your municipality before.

What effect will this have on the value of my home?

While you may be creating your ideal home, a good residential architect will keep the broader picture in mind as well. If you’re going to put
a lot of money into your house, you’ll want to make aesthetic, structural, and procedural decisions that will help it retain its worth when it’s
time to sell it.

Obviously, an architect can not predict the housing market’s ebb and flow, but they should be able to advise you on the best practices for
your sort of home. A side or back kitchen expansion, for example, may be certain to benefit from the Victorian terraces, while a basement
excavation may pose a greater danger.

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