Why use an architect when extending or designing your new home?

If you are planning to build your dream home or are extending an existing house, a registered architect has the qualifications, vision and design expertise to take you through your building project.

Architects are highly skilled and professionally trained to turn your aspirations into reality. They will guide you through the design, planning and construction process whether you are constructing a new home or adapting/extending an existing property. Architects apply impartial and creative thinking to projects large and small. They add value, whether from maximising light and space, adding functionality, or achieving the best return on your investment.

“A good architect actually pays for themselves – more than once. You will reap the reward and the building will be hugely better and deliver much better value for it.” Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs.

The video in the attached link, produced by RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects is a very good explainer of why one should choose an architect when proposing to do a building project.

Your home is considered one or your most valuable assets and the process of designing, building and extending it is likely to be a daunting experience. No matter how small the project may be it makes sense to at least talk to an architect for advice before you get started. If you need planning permission it is sensible to engage an architect that can take you through the process as each local authority and county council will have their own set of planning standards and regulations.

Before contacting an architect, you will need to draw up a project brief. This is your wish-list for the project. Focus on what you want to achieve, noting down all your requirements and highlighting any problems that need solving. Think in terms of how you will use the space now and in the future, rather than what needs to be built. You should also try to establish your overall budget. This will help you discuss costs upfront with the architect and avoid disappointment at a later stage.

An architect will design your project with planning approval and building regulations in mind, insuring that the design is what leads the project. A good architect will propose solutions and develop your brief into a design that reflects your aspirations. They will help you with the approvals required before the project can go ahead, including preparation of applications to the local authority for planning permission (where needed) and for Building Regulations compliance for construction.

An Architect can also help you find a good reliable builder and provide quality control over the build, helping you to complete your project efficiently, and assist with managing your budget and what you can achieve within your budget.

How much or how little you commission an architect is up to you – from coming up with an initial design to seeing the project through to completion and helping you along the way with every design decision. For an architect, every problem has a design solution with no project too big or small.

In Ireland, the title ‘architect’ is registered and a person cannot use the title ‘architect’ unless they are on the Register of Architects. Being placed on the Register reflects the standard and competence of an architect.

The RIAI is the Regulatory and Support Body for Architects in Ireland. The online Register lists over 2700 architects. You can search the Register on the RIAI Website to see if your architect is registered. if your architect is not on the register, then they are not a real architect and it would be advisable to steer  your project in a different direction, www.riai.ie/register/the_register_of_architects

By choosing the right architect you can avoid making design mistakes and will have a beautiful home that suits your needs and addresses the surrounding area. At JEArchitecture we provide you with a lot more than just the design, we will help you to set a viable brief and budget, guide you through the planning process, obtain quotes for the building works, manage consultants like surveyors and engineers, monitor the budget and administer the construction contract.

if you are looking for an architect in Dublin or an architect in the greater Dublin area, talk to JEArchitecture. We have a vast experience of designing, obtaining planning permission and project delivery for projects both large and small.

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