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How to choose architect

Emily Wright
3 years ago

We are hoping to extend our kitchen (side return/rear extension). So far we have met with two recommended architects.

The first architect is very reasonable and knowledgeable. I liked the fact he got what we are hoping to achieve: a light filled, open plan, socialising space, that’s draws your eye to the outside and incorporates our garden. My husband is practical and wanted to know about soil pipes as he is worried if we move it could disrupt our newly decorated bathrooms upstairs and be very expensive. The architect responded that we shouldn’t design around the soil pipe and he would come up with a solution. I really liked him.

The second architect (I couldn’t be there to meet with him). Seemed (from what my husband said) much more practical talking a lot more about the soil pipe, building regs, what the council would approve. Although I appreciate I want the space to be able to built, and for a certain price, I didn’t get the sense he wanted to build a beautiful space. I don’t really want to make the space bigger just to be able to have a bigger space - I want it to work for us. He talked more about the fact we would need to have some kind of pillars or posts to support the floor above (i thought it could be entirely open plan) but he said this wouldn’t get through building regs. He also didn’t tell my husband his fees but would “have to go away and think about it”. That seemed a little bit odd to me!

Any advice on the above or how to pick an architect would be great! We have asked for photos of their previous work. We don’t live in London and are keen to go with someone local.

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