Finding the right architect will see you with the property of your dreams. The wrong one will bring only pain and unnecessary costs. Hereâ€™s how to find the right Chartered Architectural Technologist for your project.
How to find an architectural designer
- If you have friends or family whoâ€™ve recently had work to their home done, ask them about their architect, and whether they would recommend them.
- Some architectural technologists put signs up outside properties theyâ€™re working on, so you should keep an eye out when youâ€™re going about your day.
Choosing an architectural designer
- Make a shortlist of Chartered Architectural Technologists in your area, before:
- Giving them a brief of the work you want to be done, your rough budget and whether they complete the kind of project youâ€™re asking for. If your brief is clear and precise, youâ€™re less likely to be disappointed by the answers.
- When meeting architectural designers, ask if you can see a portfolio of their work, as well as visiting their websites. Be wary of an architect who refuses you a portfolio.
- Different technologists have different feels to their work, so make sure you really love their style before committing to anything.
- Find out how involved theyâ€™ll be with the project. For example, will they establish the thickness of the walls and where electricity points will go, as well as the position of the walls themselves?
What sort of architectural designer would suit you?
You will need to find an architect designer that not only has an interest and experience, but has other qualities to suit your project.
- A Chartered Architectural Technologist who places an emphasis on creativity will be far more suited for finding innovative ways to make the most of your space.
- Architectural designers who place attention to detail to the forefront will be perfect if you already have a strong idea of what you want.
- Architectural technologists who have experience with local planning policy and attitudes of your local authority, along with a good success rate for applications will be advantageous if you think you may encounter problems with planning permission or building control.
- If youâ€™re making changes to a listed building, itâ€™ll be far easier with a Chartered Architectural Technologist whoâ€™s had experience with them.
- If you want to stick to a limited budget, youâ€™ll be most at ease with an architectural designer who makes a point of managing costs and wonâ€™t keep trying to push costly extras on you.