Understanding Architects and Planning

Your architect will begin an initial visit where you will be able to discuss all of your requirements with him regarding your project. Depending on the size and scale of the project, this could take several hours of discussion where the architect should then establish a sketched design of your vision.

By the end of the visit, your architect usually aims to give you an agreed proposal through a collaborative process. These designs will enable you to begin discussing options with planners and even neighbours for your peace of mind although they may not be final. Your architect should also be discussing the next steps you should be taking in order for your project to begin at this stage.

Meetings

Throughout the process of your project, there will be many things that you will need to discuss. You may have queries about the progress of works, prices and even the design of the development. Communicating with your architect at these early stages will save you time and money in the long run.

It may even be a good idea to request your architect to attend a meeting with you and your contractors to ensure that everyone understands the project and can discuss any further queries with the build.

Further Design Consultation

If you require further drawings, are unsure of details in the first drawing given during the first initial visit, it would be advisable to attend further meetings. You may just want to clarify or need more information on your sketch but it is important to remember that your architect is there for you to consult and further develop the project. The architect can investigate related issues to further producing designs and sketches for you on computer rendered perspective views.

Survey

It is vital to have drawings of the existing building in a computer aided drawings format (CAD), to enable your architect to produce drawings of your proposal. In some cases precision and attention to detail is important in a project and your architect will be able to advise you on what is suitable. Not all projects will need to be so precise and again your architect will be able to advise you on this.

Scheme level Drawings

Detail will need to be important if your project is a complex building, but if it is a simple building project you will need less. It is essentially how much detail you have in your project which reviews the level of control you have. Scheme level drawings are essential and the foundations for most architectural projects; you may consult your architect on what is needed for your own project.

Statutory Consent Application

You need to have permission to make legal changes to your property and this is done via Statutory Consent. Most architects can assist you to complete and submit the relevant consents for your project, from permitted development applications, building regulation applications, listed building consent applications, planning applications, etc.

Detail Level Drawings

As said before, the more detail that you can give in your drawings and information the more control you will have over your project. Having more control of your project will reflect your budget and the quality that you receive.Your architect and builder will be able to give you advice on the best level of detail

Contract and On site Works

From start to finish your architect will be there through the whole process of your project as much or as little as you want. If you want your architect to administer to design the whole contract for you or just have a few small meetings to check on the progress of things, then they will do as requested by you.

Your architect is there to help you to decide on whatever level of service you think is suitable for your project.