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1. Appoint a builder.
The biggest advantage is the potential to save on costs. With the myriad of home improvement programmes, we are aware how vital design is. Without it, the house extension and your home may be a lot less than it could be. Builders need designers to ensure optimisation of light, orientation, layout, finishes, etc. These are what
transform a home. With increased regulation, as a home owner you have to ensure the work is done in compliance with Building Regulations and have it certified by a competent professional who has PI insurance. Disagreement about what is included, as well as cost over-runs are notoriously common with variations and add-ons known to double the original estimate.
2. Appoint an architect and then a builder separately.
With greater awareness of the importance of design and compliance requirements, this option has grown. Like medicine, architecture is a vast field and it is important to appoint an architect with significant experience in house extension and renovation projects. Specialisation leads to excellence and most architectural practices focus on large-scale projects such as housing, commercial developments and public buildings. The separation of the design stage from the input of the building professional has become a major problem in the execution of projects, as witnessed on many of the television programmes. Some suggest that architects overemphasize form over function and can tend to design impractical detailing that is expensive to build and gives problems later. On the positive side, a good architect will steer a project from design stage through to completion, so you get to enjoy the space for years to come with the assurance that all regulations and building standards are in compliance. The link below is to the Royal Institute of Architects, Ireland and is a slide presentation of working with an architect.
3. Design & Build Complete Package
Over the past number of decades, a third option has become popular with its beginnings in the commercial construction sector. This is called Design & Build. We have to confess we have a bias for this option, as it is what we do and it delivers the best outcome for you, the customer. Design & build goes back to the original idea of an architect being a master builder (original meaning of the word in Greek). We have a design team and a build team. In fact, the design team, as well as having architect and engineer, also has master builders on the team. We believe it provides the optimal solution for a house extension and renovation project. The idea is the designers and builders collaborate to create a much better outcome in terms of aesthetic, robust building details, longevity and cost efficiencies.
No matter which way you decide to get your home transformed, the possibilities and opportunity to transform the way you and your family live is worth the journey.
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