The architect is central not only to the design of your building, but to the smooth running of the whole project. Architects are trained to understand their clients needs, and guide them through the whole design and construction process. They serve a pivotal role, planning ahead, supporting timely strategic decision making and keeping the project on track with its programme and budget.
The architect will pull together the various aspects of the build into a coherent, well thought out scheme that meets your brief; from foundations to finishes they will ensure all aspects are engineered, well detailed, follow sound building practices, and meets all current regulations.
The skills of a good architect can easily deliver value well in excess of the fees they charge. Bear in mind that if you haven’t travelled the path of self build before, and are not in the trade, you will be unaware of how much you don’t know in advance of your project. Building your own house is a steep learning curve and making poor decisions along the way or inadvertently causing big delays will cost you time and money. The architect is there to help to avoid these pitfalls.