With property prices continuing to stagnate in many areas and a less than favourable outlook for the overall UK housing market in general, moving house is simply not an option for most homeowners. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that residents who are keen to have more living space (perhaps to accommodate a growing family) or enjoy a better standard of premises need to put their dreams on hold. Indeed, any home can, with careful design and a considered approach, be renovated to improve the lot of those living within it.
But where does one start?
Well, it is often the case that most residents rush out to speak to a builder as soon as they decide renovation is the answer to their prayers. Whilst this may seem logical enough it actually jumps over a very important stage which needs to be considered before building – design. Whilst many builders will be more than happy to give residents design tips and architectural advice, they are not the best people to get it from – architects and interior designers are. Indeed, seeking design advice from a builder will invariably result in a new space being created that is the easy for him to build rather than be something which has been designed to meet a homeowner’s own specific wants and needs.
With this in mind, it is clear to see just why seeking out expert advice from fully qualified architects is such a vital stage in the domestic renovation process. Certainly, any resident that wants to ensure their rooms flow well together and deliver a truly conducive living space should make sure they obtain advice from a well regarded architect company before they start calling around their local builders.
In addition to providing the know-how to ensure the final results look and feel exemplary, getting a properly considered set of professional architectural drawings will also enable a homeowner to obtain a more accurate quote from their chosen builder, thereby reducing the possibility of costs spiralling upwards throughout the project. Moreover, having a good set of professional drawings will also help to ensure every design aspect of the renovation is considered well in advance. This can be invaluable as it can help to avoid potentially costly design changes cropping up during the building process.
It really doesn’t matter if a resident is looking to extend a kitchen, convert a loft or build a new playroom; the most important thing to remember is to consider all aspects at the outset rather than heading straight over to the builder who lives down the street. Not getting suitable design advice or – even worse – missing out on the design stage altogether will only result in a renovation project being completed quickly, rather than well
Without doubt, seeking out domestic architectural design services is the best thing any homeowner can to do to increase their chances of creating the perfect home.
About the author – Bo Heamyan blogs regularly about residential and commercial architecture and has written extensively about interior design and architectural services for various websites, including Manser.co.uk