Whether you are planning an extension to your home or a full refurbishment of an office block, choosing an architect can be one of the most important decisions you make. To ensure that you’re looking at the perfect build at the end of the project, you need to make sure you get off on the right foot by working with the best local architects for your endeavour.
Ideally, the firm you choose will be familiar with the local area. They should have a thorough knowledge and understanding of local authority planning rules and the latest building regulations. The design itself might look perfect, but if the architects are unfamiliar with local regulations, you may not get permission to build and you’ll have wasted a great deal of money, time and effort.
It’s also important to consider an architecture firm who will not only provide a detailed and innovative design, but who have the necessary experience and know-how to carry out the work you are planning to have done.
We are proud say that with over 25 years’ experience of architecture projects throughout Kent and the South East, we’re a firm that can tick all these boxes.
What else should I consider when hiring an architect?
When considering whether an architect is right for your project, it is important that you’re sure they really understand what you want from the space you are creating. We believe that an architect should provide a service that extends well beyond producing a set of drawings. They should identify the aspirations and needs of their clients and bring their special skills and knowledge to the project.
It might be tempting to go for an architect based on their fees, but we strongly believe that hiring a professional, chartered firm results in the best value for money. The best architects make full use of the space available through careful planning and efficiency, whilst doing all they can to ensure that the build is given the go ahead by local authorities.
Your architects should also work with you to be sure what you want to achieve with your architecture project. Do you simply want to add another room or do you want the extension to serve another purpose? Your firm’s experience and advice will be invaluable when reflecting on the wider impact of your plans, such as whether the extension may affect other rooms in the house and you end up actually losing space in some areas or if your commercial property design will be at odds with the local area.
One great way of narrowing down your search is to opt for a chartered architect. Chartered architects in the UK must be corporate members of one or more of the following professional bodies: RIBA (Royal British Institute of Architects), RSUA (Royal Society of Ulster Architects) and RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland). Members of these bodies must demonstrate that they have reached the gold standard in all aspects of architectural practice.
Why should I choose OPEN architecture?
By hiring OPEN architecture, you can rest assured that you are working with a professional RIBA Chartered Architecture Firm. We adhere to the best practices and standards of our profession to help you realise your ideal design and utilise our 25 years of planning experience to create beautiful and functional living spaces for clients.
We offer the highest level of service and maximise the use of space with a commercial, ethical and ecological hand. We want to ensure that our clients gain maximum potential on each project and design is vital in this process. We have a wide range of experience working in projects throughout areas in both Kent and London, so we are attuned to the requirements of the local authorities. This ensures that we provide our clients with a smooth journey throughout the planning process.
We also work with you to understand your budget on the build and will create our design accordingly. Our holistic architecture service is designed to help you to consider all aspects of your project, such as how much you should plan to spend on things, like decoration for when the build is finished, and factor this into the price. We believe that, to truly offer the best service, we need to properly understand your property, understand even the tiniest details of the build and make sure that we get everything exactly right.
We want to make sure that even single client is delighted with our service, which is why the planning process is so important. By starting this process as early as possible, everything else will fall into place much easier. Make sure you contact OPEN architecture today and see how we can provide the right solution for you. You can call us during office hours on 01732 779 580 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.