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Could an architect save me money?

Julian Owen explains how a registered design professional can add value to your project and potentially help you save cash
Situated in north London, this new build was designed by Mulroy Architects to capture the homeowners’ love of both traditional and contemporary architecture. The original Victorian gatehouse had to be demolished for structural reasons. The new building that sits in its place provides a sensitive reimagining of the original dwelling
PAULA BEETLESTONE

A ny good architect will save you money – not least because a superb design will add value to the finished house. This is just one of the reasons why industry professionals are often hired by high class developers to put together plans. While architects are mostly associated with their ability to produce stylish homes, it’s just as important that they have a thorough knowledge of construction methods and the workings of a building site. Plus, part of their job is to reduce potential risks to the budget by anticipating and avoiding them before they occur. They can often help you to save cash when it comes to specifying products and materials for your scheme, too. Here I’m taking a closer look at the ways an architect can keep project costs down.

Aesthetic appeal

Like any purchase, if you commission a house design then you want good value for money. The starting point for this is to create a well-considered, detailed description of what the building must achieve – essentially, the brief. A vital part of an architect’s job is to ensure that before a single line is drawn, everyone is clear on what’s needed and how much it should cost to construct. That’s why high quality design is never expensive, because by definition it means getting the very best out of whatever budget has been set. While a wealthy client might want something spectacular, most people simply want good advice, clever ideas and ingenuity, with a bit of wow factor where it’s affordable.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Renovating floors in a period home - Rainwater goods cost guide - Choosing the right smart home security systems - Could an architect save you money?