Architects & New Build Houses
In the past, a residential house architect was primarily expected to produce drawings to guide the construction team building the house and, in many cases, the architect's input was limited to that role.
Today however, building techniques have advanced, planning laws are more stringent and the remit of the modern architect has expanded accordingly.
By listening carefully to the client, and then asking the relevant questions, an experienced architect can greatly assist a property owner, helping them achieve their vision and bring to life a building that will last for generations.
After the preliminary consultation, the architect will produce initial drawings and sketches, which can then serve as a focus for further discussion to develop fully the site owners initial concepts.
Modern architects can develop, using 2 and 3 dimensional computer assisted modeling programs, highly realistic images of new house projects in a relatively short time. These can be used to further refine the design of the house. The architect can then provide an initial feasibility study to ensure the clients concepts are actually realisible and will assist in any modifications to the design arising from these feasibility studies. House and site owners can often gain substantially from the experience and expertise of the architect and avoid many of the problems that would otherwise arise in the building process.
Architects can also help the client make the most of today’s energy efficient materials and technologies, such as solar panels, ground source heat pumps and new insulation materials and techniques.
If the client does decide to go ahead with their new house, the architect can draw up the planning permission application. Although property owners can submit the planning application for new build homes and developments directly to their local planning authority, if they have no previous experience of the planning process, they should strongly consider employing the professional services of a planning agent or architectural firm. This is especially true if the proposed development is anything other than a very straightforward change of usage.
The local planning authority will expect detailed descriptions of the house, along with plans, drawings and scaled maps. There are many reasons that may cause local authorities to deem planning applications invalid and the more prepared a property owner is to answer these questions, the better. Architects can also assist in satisfying the local planning authority regarding the waste water treatment of new homes by organising borehole drilling and site percolation tests.
This article is only intended as a basic general summary and you should always seek professional advice where necessary.
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