Tips For Your Loft Conversion Architect

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Loft conversion projects can be quite hectic to handle. However, it gets better if you are working with a qualified and reliable team. With the rapid growth of the housing market, you need due diligence when choosing the right contractor to work with. You certainly don’t want to end up hiring a cowboy builder for your project. 

From the structural engineer, architect, interior designers, to the team of builders, everyone plays a significant role in ensuring the attic extension is successfully completed. We shall have a look at the importance of having an architect present for a loft extension project.

Why should I hire a loft conversion architect

An architect is essential for any construction project because they create technical plans so as to establish a possible design for the space. As a homeowner, you certainly don’t want to gamble with the design of your dream loft. According to this eLoft Conversions blog post, an architect is responsible for coming up with the architectural drawings which are essential when it comes to acquiring planning approval.

A minor discrepancy on the loft design plans and your planning permission may be denied. Thus, you should choose to work with a diligent and highly skilled professional. Highlighted below are some of the reasons why you need a professional and reliable architect with the expertise and experience required to work on your attic extension project. 

  • An architect makes the acquisition of any planning approval( if necessary), easier because they provide detailed plans of the design. This would not be the case if you choose to work with a cowboy builder.
  • They also ensure that the construction project is in accordance with the building regulations requirements.
  • Architects also give you better insight on how your future space will look.
  • An architect will also inform you on a more accurate budget estimate for the whole loft project and the timescale for completion.
  • With an architect, you get quality designs, thus significantly improving the value of your property.
  • They’ll also leave you up to date with the latest trends and materials hence ensuring you don’t settle for an outdated design or use low quality building materials that may end up compromising the overall outcome of your home.
  • Aside from getting professional advice throughout your project, a good architect can also put you in touch with other experts you may need for your project. 
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Problems associated with working without an architect

With the booming construction industry, it wouldn’t be surprising if you encountered a few rookies in your quest to find the right person to work with. With cowboy builders, the deal is too good to be true most of the time. That is why you need to be diligent and thorough when making your decision. So, what are some of the problems you’re likely to encounter for not working with a qualified and experienced architect?

  • Failure to get planning approval. If the architectural drawings aren’t properly detailed, you might be denied planning permission for your project.
  • If the construction is not done according to the permitted development rights, you might be penalized.
  • If the design is poor, you might end up reducing the value of your house.
  • Working with structural engineers and contractors who might need to have their own drawings may cost you more.

Whatever construction project you may be having, it’s advisable to get an architect on board. Considering the fact that having an attic extension involves making alterations to the existing structure, you’ll need to hire an architect that is qualified and experienced in creating approved structures. It wouldn’t be advisable to compromise on the quality of the design, after all, it should reflect your taste, style, preferences and the mood of your home.

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