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Finding an architectural designer

Whether you simply need building plans or want someone to manage all of the design and construction of your new home, finding the right architect or consultant can be a difficult task. Plentific can help you to find the best options with the right skills in your local area, giving you several choices and even access to customer reviews to help you compare them.

Before hiring an architect, have an astute idea of what you want done, as an architect’s role can range between design work to supervising the construction of your home.

What do you need to know about finding an Architectural Designer?

Before hiring an architect you must be precisely aware of what you need from them. An architect can be hired to do anything between drafting designs and managing your entire building project. You need to know exactly what you want and how much of a budget you can offer to find a choice to suit you. Being able to discuss this can help your choice to give you a bespoke service, and they may even be able to suggest ways that you can save money.

Make sure to check the experience of your choices. For someone to qualify as an architect requires seven years of training. They will have to have registered with the ARB (Architects Registration Board) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), both of which enforce strict standards and codes of conduct. Architectural Designers and Architectural Technologists should be a member of The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). Make sure you check for these qualifications before anything else. As an architect trains they update a Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR) which will be signed by their employers and academic advisors. You can also ask them to present customer reviews from previous jobs to make sure they have the expertise and experience to suit your project. Be wary of freelance architects. To be a successful a freelancer must have years of solid experience and a portfolio of successful projects; a freelancer that lacks this may simply be struggling to find employment with an agency.

For larger projects an architect will work alongside and manage other tradespeople such as contractors, workmen and surveyors. They can also help you through the legal process of designing and building your home. An architecture firm should also be able to recommend tradespeople that they have dealt with in the past, should your project require extra bodies.

Your choice should give you a flat or hourly rate after discussing the project. If they need to bring in more people or equipment, be sure to ask if this will incur additional costs. Ask your choice about their insurance policies and guarantees, particularly for if you are unsatisfied with their work.

Above all, make sure the architect that you choose is someone that you can comfortably work and communicate with. They are there to facilitate and supervise your ideas, after all.

Have a clear contract with your chosen architect including a contractual letter and schedule of fees. Make sure that any changes are examined and approved by a solicitor.

What does an architect do?

An architect is a trained and qualified professional that you can hire to plan, supervise and facilitate the construction of your home. You may also hire an architect to supervise the restoration or conversion of an existing building. As well as designing, architects will also offer services such as managing your budget and dealing with tradespeople and other professionals during construction.

How much does it cost to hire an architect?

The price of hiring an architect is heavily dependant on the size and nature of the job. A technical drawing you can use to apply for planning permission will usually cost at least around £200. Design services, including consultation time and sketches, could cost over £1000.

If the architect you hire supervises the construction of your home, they will usually charge a small percentage (5-10%) of the project's overall budget as a fee. Usually the larger the project the lower the percentage will be. You can also negotiate a lump sum, which can help protect you against overspending and hidden fees.

Remember that hiring the right architect for you is not just a matter of price. You should be sure that they can get the job done to your specifications. There may be cheaper options, but when it comes to architecture you very much get what you are willing to pay for.

Latest Architectural Designer Jobs

Byrne in DH1

I am looking for an architect / planning consultant for a proposed single or possible double storey extension for an end of terrace house in Durham Council. The architect must have knowledge of local council regulations.

Alessio D. in SW14

Hello there, I would like to extend my one bedroom flat. I currently own the top floor of a converted victorian mid terrace building situated on Upper Richmond Road West in East Sheen. My plan is to convert the loft into a liveable space. However the current loft height is just 1900mm from the roof pitch and the only solution would be lowering the ceilings throughout the property. I'm not willing to do that but I rather go for a solution of a mezzanine space with a dormer extension at the back of the building. Adding a mezzanine would give me a double height in the living / kitchen area and some extra liveable space on the mezzanine itself (possibly to work as an office/guests accommodation/extra entertainment space). Some adjustments to the layout of the rest of the property also might be required. I am looking for a well thought design. In terms of actual building works, I'm wiling to work myself on the finishes and provide most of the finishes materials.

P C.

Current property is a detached 1950s 4 bedroom bungalow on a 0.24 acre land. It had a 350 sq. feet kitchen/dinner/bathroom extension to the rear of the house 5 years ago. The current floor space including the two garages is about 1,800 sq. feet. I would like to re-module the remaining of the house & 2 garages with the view to add an up-stair with 2 or 3 large bedrooms with en-suite bathroom. Re-module the smallest box room into a new bathroom/toilet which can also be treated as an en-suite bathroom to the double bedroom. Remove two ground floor bedrooms, bathroom and toilet and turn it into another open plan living space. Re-module the entire front to a modern design. There is a 200+ year old copper beach tree of about 20~25 meter tall in the front garden under TPO and its main trunk is about 10 metres from the corner of the building.


To Build another room at the side of property. Design to apply planning

Latest Architectural Designer Reviews

by Kerry F.
Manaf was very professional and friendly. He was quick to reply and answer any questions I had. Happy with the work produced and would recommend his service. Thanks
by Gergo G.
Clear and very quick communication any time, it was great to deal with these guys.
by Ahmed G.
I am so happy with the job that Sam has done for me, he created just what I asked for, very high standard, punctual, professional and efficient, he comes up with great idea and very proactive, I have no hesitation in recommending him and we will definitely use him again.
by Zaki K.
Sam was very helpful in planning designing and submitting the alllication to council. Minor Alteration were carried out free of charge also. Great help