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What Services Does An Architect Provide?

Knowing whether an architect and the services they provide will help your project can be difficult without engaging with one first. In this guide, we'll cover all the services you can expect from an architect and how they can help you with your next building project. 

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What is the role of an architect?

An architect is a professional who provides a range of services for building projects, including the design and creation of drawings for the interior and exterior of a building.

An architect can offer advice on how to improve and tailor a project to the specific needs and preferences of the client. They can also help with legislative processes for construction and building, including the process of submitting, managing, and securing planning permission for the project.

Architects can often have niche or expert services on a particular building type, design style or area. This could include services with energy efficiency, house extensions or historical building restoration.

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What is the main service an architect can provide?

One of the main services an architect provides is the creation of designs and drawings for the interior and exterior of a building. This includes creating detailed plans and blueprints that outline the layout and appearance of the building, as well as specifying materials and finishes to be used.

The architect will work closely with the client to understand their vision and requirements, and will use this information to create a design that meets the needs of the client while also complying with any relevant building regulations.

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What other services will an architect provide?

In addition to designing the building, an architect can also provide advice on how to improve and tailor a project to the client's needs. This may include suggestions on how to make the most of the available space, how to incorporate sustainable features, and how to add value to the property.

An architect may also be able to provide guidance on the best materials and finishes to use and can help the client to understand the trade-offs and costs associated with different options. This can often mean a good architect can often be a fantastic investment to save money on your construction project.

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Architect Services In Order

We've outlined below the key architect services from the start all the way to the end of a construction project. These will be typical on house extensions, new houses and larger projects as well. 

Confirming your requirements

Architects will begin the service by helping you determine exactly what you need from your project. This can help you understand your budget, building size and type. 

The service is important to determine exactly what you need at an early stage, so that time and money isn't wasted later down the line! This also allows the architect to identify any matters, permissions or conditions that may affect the project ahead of time.

Creating concept drawings and designs

The first stages of an architect's service will often involve creating designs, drawings, models and CGIs of a concept design for your building. 

These designs will often be enough to have communication with you and revise as suits your needs. The focus at this stage of the service is to get the building design as accurate as possible for you as quickly as possible.

Gaining Planning permission

Another important service that an architect provides is help with the process of securing planning permission for a building project.

This involves preparing and submitting the necessary documentation to the local council and other authorities. This ensures the project meets all relevant regulations and requirements. The architect may also be involved in negotiating with the authorities and addressing any issues that arise during the planning process.

Drafting detailed designs and drawings

An architect will manage the process of obtaining UK building regulations approval. This involves preparing the necessary detailed documentation and ensuring that the project meets all relevant building standards and requirements.

The architect can also provide services in managing the design team at this stage, coordinating all information so that it is complete for the use of a builder.

Helping find a builder

Architects can manage finding a reliable builder and securing a good construction price. They may be able to recommend reputable contractors based on their experience and knowledge of the local market and can help the client to negotiate a fair price for the construction work.

The architect may also be involved in reviewing the construction contract between the client and the builder to ensure that it is fair and that all parties are clear on their responsibilities.

Help during construction

Finally, an architect can provide assistance with any problems that may arise during the construction process.

This may involve troubleshooting issues with the design or construction, or helping to resolve disputes between the client and the builder. The architect's expertise and knowledge of the building process can be invaluable in helping to ensure that the project is completed on time and within budget.

Are there any other services an architect can offer?

The role of an architect blends over into many different fields. This means they can often provide services bespoke to the client as well as specialist services that make their role more useful. 

Some examples of these services can include. 

- Energy efficient design and advice
- Interior design and joinery design.
- Sculptural design.
- Project management
- Planning consultancy

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In summary, an architect provides a wide range of services for building projects, from designing and creating drawings to advice on how to tailor a project to your needs. They can help to secure planning permission and building regulations approval with ease and can manage finding a reliable builder and securing a good construction price.

An architect's experience in construction can make sure the builders involved are reliable by reviewing the construction contract and providing assistance with any problems that may arise during the building process.

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If you are interested in how architect services can help you, feel free to book a free consultation or callback with us.

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