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refurbishment - they work out their
budget before asking themselves
whether they should use an architect,
or rely on the builder for everything.
Afraid of architects?
Building and architecture are
inextricably linked, but neither can
replace the other. For most people, it's
not the fear of the extra cost that makes
them think twice about engaging an
architect, but the fear of the unknown.
Will they be listened to? Will the
architect design something they don't
like? Will they be able to control costs?
Paul Newman of the Royal Institute of
British Architects (RIBA) says: 'There
is a misplaced mystique about what
architects do - a fear, even, that they
will impose their tastes at the expense
of the client's. However, nothing could
be further from the truth.
'An architect will guide the client
through the building process, sharing
any concerns, and will help to translate
the client's vision into reality.'
extension for the
A beautiful kitchen
becomes the heart
of the home
No job too small
People may also be put off architects
because they are known to turn away
small projects. However, this is not
a sign that the architecture industry
is booming - it is more to do with the
burdensome traditional fee structure,
which makes it either disproportionally
expensive for the client or ﬁnancially
unviable for the architect.
Domestic projects tend to centre on
loft conversions, single storey kitchen
extensions, opening up the back of the
house to create a more ﬂexible living
space, or internal remodelling.
Projects such as these are generally
unfeasible if there is no charge for the
A space to live and
a place to relax
initial consultation, because of the
relatively small revenue they bring in
for the architect.
Another stumbling block people ﬁnd
when they are considering engaging an
architect is the lack of ﬂexibility with the
service they offer. Many people want
to be more involved and even manage
part of the project themselves. This is
something that should be encouraged,
as long as they have access to the
expert advice and resources they need
when they need them.
So what is the answer? Where can
you ﬁnd the creative and technical
assistance to turn your ideas into reality?
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of people who have an idea of how to
change, extend or convert their home,
but don't know who to speak to or how
to explore their ideas to see if they are
feasible, then Architect Your Home
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could be just the people you are looking
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designed speciﬁcally for the homeowner
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You are given an account manager,
who discusses your requirements and
books a consultation. At this initial
design visit, your ideas are explored
further and the possibilities developed
with you. At the end of the session,
the architect will have produced a
set of outline design drawings and
will advise you on the best way to
progress your project.
He or she will then provide you with
a list of next steps, clearly deﬁned
and costed on an order form for you to
choose from. It is then up to you - the
homeowner - to decide how much you
want to use the architect and what
you want to use them for.
It's an inspirational and cost-effective
way to ensure you get what you want.
There's no obligation to go ahead with
the project - but if you do, you can
progress with each stage at your
own pace as ﬁnances allow.
The service enables the homeowner
to stay in control of the project, while
still having access to expert advice for
the more tricky bits, such as sorting
out planning or permitted development
permission, party wall issues, building
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Architect Your Home is the ﬂexible,
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