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Meeting your Architectural Designer for the First Time?

In the first meeting, your architect should talk to you about your building project, they should be interested in finding out more about you and your requirements. It is key that you communicate your needs and explain any possible issues – give your architect as much information as possible, perhaps jot some notes down before you arrive. 

What should I find out at my first meeting with an architect?

Some questions you need to ask your Architect may be specific to your building project, but there are also some more generic ones that will guide you through what their process is and help manage your expectations through each stage. 

Some Key questions to ask your Architect

How much is the architect charging?

Don’t be afraid of asking for clarification on their fees, what is included, what happens if it goes wrong, ask them to pre-empt any obvious issues and ask for a rough idea of costs for each service. Then you can work out if their service is good value for money.

Ask the architect to outline the time scales for each part of the project, and for anything which he mentions could rise as an unforeseen issue. This can help you plan your personal life around your building project. Some examples here could include:

What information do the architects need from you before they can start work?

Ask if they need any specific information from you, they may need to check the deeds, boundaries etc – will there be any information they need during the process that you can provide, that might hold them up? 

What is the architects process?

Try to find out the overall process of the task you are instructing them to do, this will help you know once the project is underway, what is coming next, and if you are facing a problem which you hadn’t been made aware of.

How will the architects keep you informed along the way?

No one likes being kept in the dark, it’s a good idea to find out how our architect will keep you in the loop, and how often you are likely to hear from a member of the team. Will it only be if there is a problem, or will they keep you up to speed with every milestone?

Can the architect set a timeline?

Ask the architect to outline the time scales for each part of the project, and for anything which he mentions could rise as an unforeseen issue. This can help you plan your personal life around your building project. Some examples here could include:

  • How long does an architectural drawing take?
  • Does planning permission run out?
  • Building controls, example timeframe?
  • How long does the tender process take?
  • What is the overall best- and worst-case scenarios for the project

What if something goes wrong?

We all hope for a smooth path to our dream home, but unforeseen circumstances or a breakdown in communication can happen, find out what to do if you feel you need to discuss important issues and how you can resolve them.

If any of the answers are too technical, or you don’t understand the jargon, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. A good architectural team will help you to understand and ease your concerns.

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