Finding an Architect is a difficult step you will need to take when you decide to renovate your existing home. In this article I will give you a step by step process on how to find the best Architect for you and your renovation or building project.
Things You Will NeedYou will need a note pad and pen, a telephone and access to the internet.
Step 1Before you start to research potential Architects you need to write a short brief about what you would like the Architect to design. What type of space you would like to build. Do you want to make your kitchen bigger or convert your loft space? What are your reasons for doing this? What is your budget? Where are you going to get your funding from? When do you want the building completed? All these things should go into your brief.
Step 2Ask your friends and family if they have had a good experience with any firms. Contact the professional organisations for Architects in your area. Make a list of any firms that seem interesting or whose designs inspire you.
Step 3Get hold of brochures for each firm and check each companies website for examples of their previous projects. Narrow the list down to firms that match your aesthetic or have completed projects with elements that your could envisage in your home. Narrow your list to 3 firms.
Step 4Send each company your brief and meet with representatives from the firm. Make sure you visit their office and try to meet and speak with the architect who would be working on your project day-to-day. Have a list a questions that you ask each architect so you can compare their answers.
Step 5Ask for references for the firm and ask them if it is possible to speak with a previous client. You may also like to visit a finished project.
Step 6Once you have decided which architectural firm you would like to work with you need to agree to the conditions of appointment. Things you should discuss include what role that the architect will play in the project, all the services they will provide, how you will be charged and details of their professional indemnity insurance. Also, make sure you agree how you will communicate with them during the project.
A clear brief should be written before you start your search to find an architect. Research firms that interest you and who have been recommended to you. Spend as much time as you can checking the firms recent work and discussing the project with the person who will work with you.