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5 JUNE 2024

Choosing the right Architectural Practice: Your Guide to Finding the Perfect Match

So, you’re ready to embark on a new building project or renovation adventure? Awesome! But with so many options out there, finding the right designer can feel a little overwhelming.

Here are our top tips on how to how to choose the right architectural designer for you:

  1. Start with Your Vision:

First things first, what’s your vision for your project? Take some time to think about what you want to achieve and what’s important to you. Whether it’s creating something from scratch or restoring a historic property, knowing your goals will help you find an architect who shares your vision.

You don’t need to have everything set in stone, but think about the following:

  • The number of bedrooms or bathrooms you’d like?
  • How you want to play or socialise in your new home?
  • Any architectural styles you admire or strongly dislike?
  • The materials you want to use or the finishes you prefer
  • Consider the interior look and feel from the outset.
  • What will create the biggest return on investment?
  • Is this your forever home, if so how do you want to future-proof it?

Besides a wish list, the most illuminating brief we receive from a potential client is understanding what isn’t working in your current home. This seemingly simple question ignites our passion for creative problem-solving and highlights our wealth of design experience.

  1. Do Your Homework:

Let Google do the searching for you; most local architects have a strong web presence, so simply type in Architects Guernsey and check out their work. Or head to social media – many architectural designers share pictures of their projects on Instagram and Facebook.

Look for projects similar to yours, see what styles inspire you or that you strongly dislike. Don’t forget to read reviews and testimonials from past clients to get a sense of their reputation and track record.

Oh, and of course use the Guernsey grapevine! Or Ask friends and family for recommendations.

  1. Meet and Greet:

Once you’ve narrowed down your list, it’s time to meet your potential dream team in person (or virtually). Treat it like a first date – you want to see if you click! Invite them to your site to discuss your project and ask about their experience, design philosophy, and approach to working with clients; or just drop into their studio to see how and where they work.

Don’t be afraid to dig deep and ask questions about their experience with planning, or their expertise in your type of build – this is your chance to get to know them and see if they’re the right fit for your project.

Want some more help? We’ve put together a handy list of questions to ask your prospective architect.

  1. Get Down to Business:

Once you’ve found your perfect match, it’s time to get down to business. Be upfront with your architect from the outset about your budget, timeline, and expectations to avoid any surprises down the road. And don’t forget to put everything in writing – a clear contract will protect both you and your architect throughout the project.

  1. Trust Your Gut:

Last but probably the most important point – trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right or you’re not comfortable with your choice, don’t be afraid to keep looking.  A good architect/architectural designer listens to your needs, is responsive to your concerns and develops your brief in a way that inspires confidence.  This is your project, and you deserve to work with someone who gets you and your vision.

And there you have it – your guide to choosing the perfect architectural team for your project. With a little research, some good old-fashioned gut instinct, and a whole lot of excitement, you’ll be well on your way to creating the home of your dreams. Happy building!

Have any planning, remodelling or home renovation questions? Contact us and we’ll message back with the answer, for free.






For more information contact us on: 44-1481-811877
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