New builds or even barn conversions can be a challenging project to undertake and when embarking on such an important project it is good to seek the services of architects in East Sussex. They will undertake the planning and oversee parts of the project to ensure that you get the best out of your investment. However, most people do not know how to hire an architect. This can lead to confusion and immense frustration on your part. It is therefore important that you get a guide on how to hire an East Sussex architect. This is an easy ten step guide to the process guaranteed to ensure that you get the best value for your money. If you wish expedite the process of finding an architect, call Trevor Weeks, director of Vernacular Homes on 01233 861177.
Firstly, Do Your Research
1. Start by doing some research on architects in the west Kent and East Sussex area. This can be conducted online, by using architecture magazines and guidebooks or by using the Yellow Pages. You will find advertisements and listings on these professionals which will help you come up with a list of possible hires. It can also be helpful to ask the advice of friends and family who have recently undertaken a building project. The information they provide will be useful in knowing what you need to look for in an architect and what to expect when you get one. Also, use the research to familiarize yourself with the technical terms and lingo that architects use. This will enable you to interact with them from a position of strength.
Architects You Are Researching Should Be Registered
2. Check that the architects in your locality you have short-listed as possible hires, are registered and certified with the appropriate regulatory authorities. East Sussex is a part of the United Kingdom and therefore the architects must be registered members of the Architects Registration Board, ARB. They may also be members of the Royal Institute of British Architects, RIBA. ARB membership is compulsory to any architect who intends to practice within the United Kingdom. However, registration with RIBA is optional and therefore should not hinder you from choosing to contract that architect.
Do The Architects Specialise In Your Type Of Build?
3. Contact the architects you have selected in order to make enquiries into their areas of specialization. Certain architects have specialized in the design and construction in East Sussex of certain types of buildings. There are those who only undertake projects for new buildings while there are others who prefer to be engaged in projects where you are renovating an existing structure such as a barn conversion. Get information on what their areas of specialization are in order to know whether they are suitable for your construction needs.
4. Check how well connected they are with local bodies and architectural institutions. Good architectural firms will be members of the relevant bodies and will have built useful connections with other players in the industry. Check how many constructions they have designed and constructed especially those of a similar nature to yours. This will help you establish their reputation, credibility, and experience in that particular field. Experience and good reputation are what distinguish a good architectural firm from one which will provide poor service.
Get More Info From Your Local Planning Authority
5. Check up on these architectural firms with the local planners. Note whether they have any existing connections to the planning regulatory authorities. Also, make a note of whether they have had any projects approved or rejected especially in the recent months. Make a point of focusing on what their track record with getting approvals for difficult or controversial building projects is. This is important as it helps you understand what kind of service you are likely to get if you contract them.
6. Follow up on the references that they have provided you with. When doing this, keep a focus on their responsiveness to changes in situations when undertaking a building project. Furthermore, make sure you get information on their capabilities in creating and managing a budget. Be sure to look out for any information that indicates how well they are able to work with tight budgets and limitations in expenditure. The better they are at handling budgets the likelier it is that you will get good service from them.
Whatever Architects Covering East Sussex You Choose, They Should Explain Each Stage
7. Have them explain to you the various stages that you should expect the building project to be done in. Typically, the normal stages are the feasibility study, the planning and budgeting phase, submission of requests for approval of a building project, the tendering for materials for the construction, the building phase, and the completion phase. Use the research that you did to inform you on what you need to expect in each of these stages and compare with the information they provide you with.
How Much Will It Cost To Hire Them And Complete The Project?
8. Have them provide you with a written estimation of their time schedule for the entire project. Do not accept lump sum estimates and insist on getting a broken down estimation of the time the project will undertake. It can be very expensive if you are rebuilding your house and forced to camp out in a hotel for much longer than you had anticipated. The time schedule will help you to make alternative arrangements for accommodation while the project is ongoing.
9. Get a written estimate of the costs of the project. Different architects use different costing methods to charge you. For those that charge hourly, the costs usually start from £80 per hour depending on the expertise and experience of the architect you hire. Others will provide lump sum cost estimates. This can save on spiralling costs where the project is prolonged but make sure they itemize the costs. Fees can also be charged as a percentage of the cost of the build.
10. You can now contract the architect to begin the project. The majority of their work will be done before the building starts. You can also hire them to supervise the builders. They will monitor construction in keeping with the agreed plans and inform you of whether they approve the construction before you pay. Ensure you maintain a good line of communication between you and the architect for best results.
Lastly, familiarize yourself with the recourse mechanisms for disputes with architects in East Sussex, there are a number of dispute resolution mechanisms both adversarial such as litigation and non-adversarial such as arbitration, you can also avoid a lot of headaches in the above process by calling one of the directors of the company that own this website, Trevor Weeks on 01233 861177.