Sunday, 20 July 2014

Why should I use an Architectural Practice?

If you require design for a domestic project, generally, what most people do is ask about and eventually obtain the contact details for a local draftsmen or cad technician either from a friend or out of the local rag...  this, without wishing to cause any offence, generally results in an uninspired standard out-of-the-box design has been used a million times before or one that is just a duplicate of the neighbours - hey there's nothing wrong with that if it's what you want!

Anyway, if you use an Architectural Practice or Architectural Professional you'll get a unique, tailored and well crafted creative architectural solution designed to integrate within the existing property from a wholistic perspective - not just bolted on without thought.

Build costs are normally identical for say a 6x3m extension - it's almost the same number of bricks, roof tiles, amount of plaster and windows...  It's only difference is the architectural form. 

Good domestic architecture will add value to your home via desirability and increased visual impact!

Architectural Practices explore design options - whether it be traditional, modern or a fusion, establish client needs and desires whilst complying with planning frameworks and building regulations.

To generalise, Architects are very creative but sometimes lack technical design skills whist Architectural Technologists combine technical knowledge and architectural design. Not to be biased, ideally a multi-disciplined practice is best combining Architecture and Architectural Technology - one that integrates Structural Engineering is even better!

Either-way its important to meet at least 3 professional practices/individuals - think of it like a job interview, ask questions, discuss your needs - what you want the space to do and feel like, review examples of previous work and talk to existing/previous clients.

All the best! - ME