What can an architect do for me?

Getting you through all that regulatory stuff with some drawings is one thing but have you ever considered the real value of an architect?

Architects are trained problem solvers, and key to solving any problem is properly defining it in the first place. It’s your house and you live there so you’ll have spent a fair amount of time considering the potential solutions, how you might change it or extend it but have you really stopped and thought why? What’s driving this desire to make it different, make it bigger? That’s the starting point, define the problem.

I work with clients to establish their brief in as much detail as possible at the outset, do you actually need more space or just different space? Families want to be together, or sometimes apart. Maybe you simply want to keep an eye on the kids whilst you’re making the dinner? Sit and enjoy the garden if you can ever find five minutes peace? How will things differ in 5 or 10 years when the kids have grown up?

Your project proposals will evolve and develop from this, so getting your brief nailed is really important. Projects are most successful and enjoyable when it becomes a collaborative process not simply a set of options and choices. Bringing creative solutions to everyday problems is what architects are trained to do.

Understanding your life, your needs and aspirations is incredibly important – it’s personal. It means working with the right architect is key to project success. I’m an architect for everyday families who want to re-think their homes for a better way of living. Get in touch to see if I’d be a good fit for your project.

2019 – The Year in Retrospect

2019 was a rewarding year with several projects completing on-site giving me the opportunity to re-visit those clients to find them happy in their “new” homes. Building upon relationships with local contractors it has been good to see them continue to perform well, as well as to work together at an early stage to help bring more certainty on costs for clients.

Running a business alongside a hectic family life is no mean feat, so I set a goal for 2019 to streamline my business admin in order to claw back a few hours. I was delighted to work with Bethany Rosindell of DayEight https://www.dayeight.co.uk/ towards the end of the year who has been expertly assisting with the creation of my CRM/Project management tool in order to allow me more time for the important stuff – design and project delivery. Bethany’s background in architecture was instrumental in getting me all set up for a successful, and slightly more organised 2020!

The year culminated with a focus on really considering what I love to do and who for – a journey that has brought me to an understanding that small or everyday projects don’t have to be mundane. In fact, the joy of turning around a regular home into a place that brings families together with a better way of living is hugely rewarding. As such, I’m approaching 2020 with a clear message that I’m an architect for everyday families who want to re-think the way they live. I’m bringing creativity to the everyday. It’s not big, it’s not flashy, just well-designed and making a difference.

A blog?

Do architects write blogs? Well, as it turns out, not so much – but maybe we should because few people can tell you the nitty gritty of what architects do, and it’s not just drawings. A blog seemed like the perfect way to dispel some myths and a good place to put together some tips if you’re planning a project of your own. I’m an architect for everyday families who want to re-think the way they live so I’ll be focusing on residential extensions and alterations.

Planning, Building Regulations, Party Wall and all that fun stuff – you’ll find out what you need to consider and how an architect can help. Maybe I’ll even throw in a few case studies of completed local projects for happy clients. Meanwhile, if you’ve got a burning question or a topic you’d like to see covered, get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.