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Why engage an architect?


The process of designing and building or extending your most valuable asset is likely to be a nerve-racking experience. Unless your project is very simple, it makes sense to talk to an architect for advice before you get going.


Architects are highly skilled and professionally trained to turn your aspirations into reality. An RIBA Chartered Architect will supply you with much more than just the drawings for your project. Whether it is a design for your home or your business or a master plan for future developments, an architect can bring benefits to your project and pave the way for its successful delivery.



Before engaging an architect, it is important to draw up a project brief. This is your wish list for the project. Focus on what you want to achieve, noting down all your requirements and highlighting any problems that need solving. Think in terms of how you will use the space now and in the future, rather than what needs to be built.


Architects apply impartial and creative thinking to projects large and small, whether you are constructing, adapting or expanding a building. An architect has the experience to see your project safely through the design, planning and building regulations, and construction process - from the early stage scenario of 'What do I do?' through to completion of the project. Architects have a unique ability to see things from the widest possible perspective, and to also focus in on very small things that make the difference to your project.

Your architect can provide a range of services including:

  • Investigating the feasibility of the requirements

  • Developing design proposals

  • Applying for statutory approvals

  • Preparing construction information

  • Obtaining tenders for building work

  • Administering the building contract

An architect works with a broad palette of skills and can also provide or arrange other services connected with the project such as renewable energy, interior design or landscaping. As such, our skills may be applied to such diverse matters as strategic planning for a development site through to the design or selection of furniture and fittings.


Lastly, a sound working relationship between you and your architect will contribute significantly to the success of a project. You will be fully involved in creating a tailored solution for your requirements, both short and long term.


As an RIBA Chartered Practice, please contact us on 01636 814624 or email enquiry@julierichardsdesign.co.uk for guidance on all aspects of your project from design and cost through to planning and construction, and we will help you realise your aspirations.


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