Choosing the right architect is a crucial part of any construction project, whether you’re embarking on a refurbishment or starting from scratch. The right architect will work with you and your contractors to make sure your ideas are brought to life. With so many architects to choose from, our tips on choosing the right one for you are sure to help your construction project get underway without a hitch.

Talk to local tradespeople

Local builders and contractors are the best people to talk to when it comes to getting recommendations for architects. They’ll be able to tell you whether an architect is easy to work with and has a good eye for design as well as the technicalities of a project.

Chat to a few architects

Most architects will meet with you for free to initially discuss your project. This means there’s no harm in talking to a few, to get a feel for who you might like to work with and who has the best ideas. Make sure all discussions happen at your home, though, to allow the architect to get a feel for the project and the space.

Get advice from local authorities

A good architect will make sure their designs fit in with any planning restrictions, but it never hurts to get advice from the local authorities yourself. After your initial consultations with architects, contact the local council to get an idea of whether or not your ideas are feasible.

Decide on your budget

Be clear on your budget from day one, and let the architects know what your maximum spend is. Be clear on what this includes; decoration and additional features like kitchen and bathroom fit outs might not be in the architect’s remit, for example.

Discuss what services the architect will provide

Make sure you understand what you are responsible for and what you can leave to the architect. Some architects will secure planning and building permissions for you, but if not, this is something you will need to apply for before your project gets underway. Make sure your architect has professional indemnity insurance as well to cover yourself if anything goes wrong.

We’ve worked with a number of Sussex’s top architects and we know what it takes to make a project run smoothly. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like any advice about local architects or would like to discuss your ideas.