Once you have decided you would like to go ahead with your home improvement project, and have decided upon which contractors you would like as part of your team, it’s important to make sure you get the right architect.
Here are five things you should do to find the right architect.
1) Look At Some Previous Work:
When looking for an architect you can get a feel of the way they work by looking at their previous work.
How did they approach previous projects? What kinds of work do they tend to take?
In East London, particularly in areas like Leytonstone and Leyton, home renovations and architectural work involves maximising the space available in the Victorian-era housing stock. In areas like that you need an architect who also has a solid understanding of interiors to maximise potential and who “listens” to your unique goals and objectives for the project.
2) Get References:
Once you have looked at an architect’s previous work you should do some reference checks.
Why not talk to a few previous clients?
Find out what the architect was like to work with, and ask the referees what their positives and negatives are.
3) Work Out What Capabilities They Have:
By looking through previous work and talking to previous clients you will start to build a picture of what the architect is like to work with.
Now you need to look a lot closer at what they specialise in.
When you have the initial meeting with them, ask them questions like what kind of architectural period they are interested in.
If they have similar tastes to your own you are likely to be more comfortable with them.
Saying that though, their personal preferences may be very different to their plans for your renovation project. This is fine as long as your needs are being met. You don’t want someone’s own vision imposed on your own.
Now it’s time to find out what their plans are for the project.
4) Ask What Their Plan For Your Project Is:
At your initial meeting or your initial conversation with the architect they will be able to verbally present their first thoughts about your project.
If you don’t feel comfortable at this first stage, discuss it with the architect to see if it can be resolved. In most cases these will only be minor miscommunication issues, but in a small minority of cases the smaller issues end up snowballing.
5) Think About What Contacts They Could Bring To The Table:
As I’ve remarked upon in other posts, contacts are important in the architecture and interior design industry.
When starting your project you will need an architect to design and possibly manage the project. You may need planning materials to be submitted. But you will also need a contractor to actually carry out the work. Depending on scope other consultants may be required such as a structural engineer.
A good architect worth their weight in gold will either be able to offer you the above services as part of their scope of services, or will know the best people for you to talk to.
You need to feel comfortable with the architect working on your project, along with any other contractors so by following these five steps you can begin your project knowing that you have the right team and one who can easily work with one another for the duration.
When you are looking to make improvements to your home it can be a stressful process, but after over 35 years in the industry I have learned a number of different tricks of the trade.
I’ve created a free report with these top tips for you, and you can download it here now.