Step 2: Finding an architect

A good designer should be able to interpret your brief and give you everything you are looking for in your home, whilst also making the most of your site and the planning system.

The end result should be a design which you can afford to build within your budget, and which has been granted planning permission.

When choosing a designer, remember:

  • Contact professional bodies, such as RIBA, and use their search facilities

  • See the designer's previous work and speak to former clients

  • The first consultation should be free of charge

  • Make sure they fully understand your brief and available budget

  • Work with someone who specialises in one-off house design

  • Discuss what level of service you require and what options you would like

  • Discuss fees upfront

  • Check they have adequate professional indemnity insurance

  • If you are using an architect, check they are registered to practise with the Architect Registration Board (ARB)

Standard Construction Drawings

We have created 80 new build Standard Construction Drawings with the lowest Y-values for SAP.

They can save you time and money and use traditional building techniques. Recommend them to your architect, who can use them in their CAD drawings.