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Want to give your dowdy office block or shabby home a makeover? Concerned about the costs and paperwork involved? Architects will help you turn that dream into reality. Architectural services don't have to cost you an arm and a leg either. We'll shop around for you, finding you the best local architectural services at a price to suit your budget.

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What Do Architects Do?

architects offer comprehensive services from the ground up. They oversee all aspects of the construction process, with an emphasis on design and aesthetics. They need to work closely with engineers and the construction crew to ensure structural integrity while maintaining good looks, especially on vintage projects. Architects also handle the majority of the administration associated with building projects so that you don't have to.

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The Benefits of Architectural Design

Most architects have dedicated their lives to designing buildings, whether they are residential or commercial ones. When considering vintage refurbishments, hiring an architect is strongly recommended so that you can preserve the building's aesthetics while optimising the building space. Looking for a chic make-over for your business premises or a seamless home extension? Our network have the experience and professional know-how to make your dream space a reality by combining your ideas with their practical knowledge.

Typical Architectural Services

Typical services offered by architects include feasibility surveys especially for historical renovation and refurbishment projects, master planning and design, a cost estimation, detailing the programme of construction including time estimations, and all construction administration including necessary documentation and permits. Additional design and retail branding may also be included. Ask your architects about sustainable and energy-efficient designs so that you can be kind to the environment.

How to Avoid the Bureaucracy

There is always red tape involved with any construction project, regardless of whether the site is for commercial or residential purposes. Acquiring the necessary building permits and planning permissions can be a nightmare. Thankfully they can take care of all of this for you. You can rest assured that all paperwork will be handled professionally and efficiently by your architect. There should be no hidden costs or extra fees for this service, as architects generally work according to the fixed fee as stipulated in the contract.

The Cost of Hiring Architects

Hiring an architect doesn't have to cost you a fortune. The cost depends on your location and the individual contractors, but the cost of hiring the service is generally calculated to be between 10% and 17% of the total construction budget. Certain phases in the architectural process can be independently calculated to give you more specific figures; for example, schematic designs usually cost 15-20% of the overall budget, while the completion of construction documents can cost around 40-45% of the budget.

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Your architect questions answered

Why should I consider hiring an architect for my residential building project?

To ensure your structure meets building code requirements, and to achive the best possible design for your requirements.

What are some things to look for when hiring an architect?

Experience, reputation and licensing are all important things to consider. By using our free quote service you will be put in touch direct with reputable architects only.

Are architects required to be part of a trade body?

It is always a good idea to look for a contractor who is part of a trade body. Architects should belong to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The RIBA website provides a listing of all contractors that are part of the institute.

What are the prerequisites needed to become a licensed architect?

There are three steps to becoming a licensed architect. The first consists of an undergraduate degree (3 years) and a year of practical experience. The second consists of a university degree (2 years) and another year of practical experience. Step three is a multi-step qualifying examination. Students and/or apprentices must complete all three steps before they can accept the title of architect.

What are some of the leading architectural organisations in the UK?

The Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Society of Ulster Architects, the North Wales Society of Architects, and the Royal Society of Architects in Wales are the most common.

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