What to consider when choosing an architect for a new build project

When it comes to building your new home, it’s always best to do your homework and research not only the type of home you’d like but also the type of architect you need. It can often become a costly project if the architect is not experienced with the new build or don’t have the adequate skills and knowledge for the job. 

We’ve listed some of the top things you need to look for when researching new build architects.

1: Ensure your architect has RIBA or ARB accredited. It’s always best to make sure the architect you pick is fully qualified so you can rest assured all the rules and regulations will be met.

2: Ask to see a portfolio or examples of new build projects that have been completed by the architects. This will give you a good indication of the type of work and designs they do with new build projects.

3: Find an architect that has lots of experience getting planning approval for new development projects, especially in the area where you are looking to build your home. 

4: Ask if they provide the full range of new build planning services. This would be ideal as they can then help to project manage the entire build from start to finish. 

5: Find out if the architects can work in different styles (traditional or modern). This will gives you a wider range of styles to choose from in order to achieve your dream home.

Your architect is the person you have chosen to trust to design and build your new home. You will be investing a lot of money into the new build, so you need to be able to approach the architect team about any concerns or questions you have.

You’ll notice a good architect will always listen to what you have to say and will have your best interests at heart, both financially and with the designs. 

Remember, a well-designed house will give you a better resale value and a healthy return on investment. Their abilities and expert skills should help to improve the efficiency and the appeal of the new home.

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