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The Process Of Using An Architectural Designer

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Do I have to choose between the architect hired by the builder or an independent architect?

If you’re considering doing an extension or renovation homeowner think of hiring a builder in one place that can handle the design and construction at a fixed cost. In the world of construction this is known as “design and build.” It is different from the traditional approach where you select an architect/designer to carry out the drawing and design first. Then, you request quotes and select your builder. The design and build method gives you a cost-predictability early and an easy source of communication. This is attractive and could be the right choice for you. However, it shouldn’t considered casually. The purpose in this post is to provide you the details necessary to make the right decision for your specific project.

The pros and cons “design and build’ vs . the traditional way of doing it

1. The traditional way of travel

(Using any independent designer, architect or architect)

What’s the procedure?

You select an independent architect / design professional like Studio Perfectus.
They will analyze your needs and provide you with the concept of a design.
After a meeting, they will make plans (if necessary).
Then , they draw plans and specifications for the construction.
This set of documents will be put together and then given to the builder you select to get their estimates and timeframes.
If the quote of a builder is satisfactory, you’ll be able to sign a contract and the building work can begin.

The advantages of the traditional approach Quality of design and the ability to adapt

1. The choice of designer or architect

Instead of being assigned your builder’s design team You are free to pick the most suitable designer to meet your specific needs, preferences, and budget. A skilled design professional will be able to provide the perfect concept for your project with a price you feel at ease with. They’ll help you decide where to invest and how to save money, so that you can get a house you are happy with.

2. Your architect or designer works for you, not for your builder.

The designer in the building company will be seeking ways to reduce costs for the builder. This might not produce the best design that fits your needs. A professional architect is not bound by any other motive other than making the best design you want, within the budget you have set.

3. Making a change in your mind isn’t as costly as you might think. by design and construction

When your builder is involved the process, you’ve completed a thorough plan and at this point , you’ll be content with your designs to ensure that you receive an accurate quote of your contractor. It’s not difficult to request modifications after this point, since your builder will let know about the price implications in the course of.
(where the builder or loft company has an in-house associated design specialist)

You will approach design and build companies in the early stages the process.
After the initial meetings(s) They offer a lump sum estimate to complete the project that includes the designer’s fee and you agree to a contract.
You begin the design process with the designer.
After a meeting, they will are then required to submit plans (if needed).
The design process is not over, and often it is overlapping with construction.

Benefits of design and construction Simple, quick and cost-effective

1. It’s quick

This is one of the major advantages of having a single-stop shop for designing and building your extension. Loft companies, for instance have the ability to finish each project in a short amount of time. You shouldn’t be expecting any prizes for their creativity They know what is working and how to create with the least amount of cost and time-efficient method.

2. One point of contact

Many homeowners appreciate the ease of working with just one company. There is less risk of miscommunication or misunderstandings throughout the process. This alone accelerates the process and causes less stress for you.

3. You will agree to a fixed price at an early date

Cost certainty is another major attraction to this design-build option. However, I’m not saying it’s less expensive in the end; more about the subject below.

It is it more cost-effective to work with a design and build firm?

There’s no clear solution unfortunately. It’s a myth to believe you’re saving money on the architect’s fees. Instead the builder will include this in their quote.

The benefit of having your design and builder teaming up is that, in conjunction they will be able to determine the most cost-effective approach to building your extension. Some of the savings (hopefully) will be passed on to you via their estimate. While doing this, they may select cheaper construction materials, which may not be the most effective. It’s true that it may be more affordable, but there’s definitely a part of ‘you get what get for your money’.

But, since costs are fixed very early during the design process through construction and design making changes to the details of your plan can cost more as opposed to the traditional approach.

Before you designate someone to perform design work , make sure you have a list of requirements

If you decide to go with an architect who is independent or a design expert, or partner with a design-and- build company, it’s important to keep these points in your head:

Are they insured to safeguard you against errors in the course of their job (Professional Indemnity Insurance)?
If they are not, their drawings and specifications are not suitable for construction. Instead, the responsibility for design could be transferred to your builder. For instance, an architectural designer could draw preliminary sketches to be used for planning purposes only. The contractor could create the design into detailed drawings of construction and be liable in their own design insurance (note the insurance should specifically protect the design liability, which differs from the typical coverage for construction-related liability).
Have they worked on similar projects previously? Request examples at the time you meet.
Find references from their former clients.