Architectural Design

The skills an experienced architect brings to the early design stages of a project are essential, particularly where budget and quality are critical.

We work with architects already commissioned by our clients, or bring our own architect to the table as needed.

We regularly collaborate with some of the country’s most accomplished architects in practices large and small: Squire and Partners, Foster and Partners, Feilden Clegg Bradley StudiosRoderick James Architects, Van Ellen + Sheryn, Harrison Sutton and BBH Architects.

At each stage of a creative process, we can lead, or add a little bit of Carpenter Oak magic as your plans evolve. We can work flexibly in terms of architectural services, depending on your needs:

  • Full end to end, architectural design service in-house
  • A recommended associate architect for collaboration
  • Timber frame design expertise to dovetail with the work of your existing architect

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Architectural Services

An 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 client’s needs. Guiding them through the whole design and construction process. They serve a pivotal role, planning, supporting timely strategic decision making and keeping the project on track with its programme and budget.
The architect pulls together the various aspects of the build into a coherent, well thought out scheme that meets your brief. From foundations to finishes they ensure all aspects are engineered, well detailed, follow sound building practices, and meets all current regulations.

The skills of a good architect can efficiently 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 are unaware of how much you don’t know in advance of your project. Building your own house is a steep learning curve. Making poor decisions along the way or inadvertently causing significant delays costs you time and money. The architect is there to help to avoid these pitfalls.

Most architects offer different levels of service, from helping prepare the initial brief, to getting your project through the planning and building regulations stage to full project management right up to the point you move in. For more information visit the RIBA website.

We welcome the opportunity to work with an architect of your choice. We have established working relationships with several professional and award-winning practices. Should you need a recommendation, call us to discuss your project and we can recommend an architect based on your needs.

Selecting An Architect

Time put in to carefully selecting an architect is time well spent. Find architects whose work you like and through word of mouth from friends, check out their websites and draw up a shortlist. Contact each one and briefly discuss your project, try to speak to some of their past clients. Your working relationship is as important as their portfolio of past work, so find an architect you feel understood by – ensure you can communicate well and reach decisions together. Many architects offer a free initial consultation.

Developing A Brief

The whole direction of your project and its ultimate success depends mainly on the quality of your initial brief. Your brief needs to describe the function and requirements of your building along with your expectations around design, budget, finishes and the level of service you want from the architect – how you want the project to run, and decisions made.

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