Why use an architect?

Anyone can design buildings and unfortunately many people do !!!!! When you employ an architect, your interests are protected. Architects practising in France are subject to a statutory code of practice set up to protect the interests of clients. So....What does an Architect offer? (Click the heading to view the details)

Architects offer you the big picture

Maximising a property's potential, reconfiguring rooms or overcoming a building's constraints. Only an Architect can give you inspirational design and specialist knowledge of planning the exterior and interior of any building. Including:-
  • Building a new home
  • Converting a barn
  • Upgrading a listed building
  • Changing the use of a building or site
  • Building an extension to a home or a workplace

Greater understanding;

Architects help navigate the planning process and building regulations. Submissions are becoming more complicated because planners have expanded their role. Planners are increasingly involved in minor matters that have little impact on the overall development, but take time to resolve and need experience.
  • Planning rules
  • Building regulations
  • Costs
  • Construction techniques
  • Green issues

Architects are for everyone

Architects help navigate the planning process and building regulations. Submissions are becoming more complicated because planners have expanded their role. Planners are increasingly involved in minor matters that have little impact on the overall development, but take time to resolve and need experience. An architect will be able to listen to ideas and requirements you have for your projects as well as being able to:-
  • Suggest alternative options
  • Meet your needs while keeping costs low
  • Ensure you win planning permission and abide by building regulations

Architects are as committed to your home as you are

You are likely to be making a large financial and emotional commitment to your project, which makes standards and performance from others all the more important. Using a French Registered Architect ensures that you receive independent advice in support of your interests.

Value for money

Architects are not just for the rich and famous! A French Registered Architect will provide you with much more than just the drawings for your new home or alteration: you will be fully involved in creating a totally tailored solution for your living needs.

Going Green?

An architect will be able to tell you about the options for your project and budget, from small but important energy saving devices to structural changes that will reduce energy consumption, use locally available materials to reduce transport emissions and support the local economy.

Inside knowledge

An architect can help identify problems you may encounter when making changes to your home. For example, if your home is within 500 metres of a protected building, special design considerations will apply and the design will have to be submitted to the Architects de France.

The full architectural service

An architect can get you through to the submissions stage, or manage the entire development which would include:-
  • a feasibility study
  • followed by the design,
  • the planning submission
  • tendering for construction
  • the build, including full project management if required, and regular site inspections to make sure the building is being constructed correctly and on time.
  • completion, rectification of defects and agreement of final accounts.

In closing

communication can be tricky with a builder. If you employ an architect to manage the whole development, they'll manage your builder too. Builders can be intimidating, but an architect can act as an intermediary. Architects check the work and sign it before you pay. Employing an architect puts builders at ease too. Look at it from their point of view - they would rather have arguments with the architect than the person who writes the cheques!

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