Abbotsford, Scottish Borders Architects and Building Designers

Abbotsford, Scottish Borders Architects are masters of building design and can make your dream house a reality. Perhaps you would like to find Abbotsford, Scottish Borders architects to help you extend the kitchen and install bifold doors opening out onto a newly landscaped garden? Maybe the challenge is a loft conversion but you’re not sure how to make the most of the limited space up there? You might even wish to hire architects in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders to help you build your own house from the ground up. Architects can help you to get a clearer idea of what is possible, both in terms of the land you own and the budget you have. They have extensive knowledge of architectural design, construction methods and building materials, not to mention a strong appreciation of ergonomics – warmth, light and flow within a property. Architects will also be far more capable of seeing the bigger picture – carefully balancing aesthetic appeal with structural safety – and navigating all those little steps from concept through to completion. And with their local knowledge, your Abbotsford, Scottish Borders architects will also often help to obtain planning permission and building regulations approval. More
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Jefcoate Anderson Architects has developed a reputation for their high level of service and professionalism. The... Read More
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  • Edinburgh EH9 1EU
Andrew Megginson Architecture is a contemporary Scottish practice, based in Edinburgh. The practice was was... Read More
  • 07583 404422
  • Edinburgh EH3 6HL, City Of Edinburgh
RIAS architects in Edinburgh – Architectural services and bespoke architecture in Edinburgh Husband and wife... Read More
  • 0131 629 9454
  • EDINBURGH EH4 2BG, Midlothian
Here at N7 Design Studio we provide professional architectural design services with extensive experience in... Read More
  • 07807 229156
  • Kirkliston EH29 9FD, City Of Edinburgh
We are a friendly and straightforward architectural practice based in Dalkeith Midlothian just outside of... Read More
  • 0131 663 9735
  • Dalkeith EH22 1JA, Midlothian
2B Architects are a modern architects practice, based in Edinburgh Scotland, specialising in the design of new... Read More
  • 07484 110218
  • Edinburgh Eh7 6sr, City Of Edinburgh
We have particular expertise with country houses, drawing on our heritage and understanding of rural life. This... Read More
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  • Melrose TD6 0PN, Scottish Borders
Award winning, boutique architecture practice serving Edinburgh and central Scotland. We are an RIAS Chartered... Read More
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  • Edinburgh, EH4 1LY
You'll see it throughout our exclusive developments with their striking, individual homes, which combine... Read More
  • 0131 535 5200
  • Edinburgh EH11 4DU, City Of Edinburgh
McGregor Bowes is a new, award winning, architecture studio and project safety office, committed to conserving... Read More
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  • Edinburgh EH4 1BX, Somerset
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  • Edinburgh EH11 1RE, Midlothian
I studied architecture at the University of Nottingham. Graduating in 1996, I moved to London to work for Tasou... Read More
  • 07717 745897
  • Edinburgh EH8 7DQ, City Of Edinburgh
REM Associates is a small architectural practice based in Edinburgh, Midlothian providing a personal based... Read More
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  • Edinburgh EH2 4HU, City Of Edinburgh
Malcolm McLeman has worked with three Edinburgh architectural practices since qualifying in 1984. In 2001 he... Read More
  • 07429 177726
  • Innerleithen EH44 6RE, Scottish Borders
We are a friendly Edinburgh based studio, specializing in bespoke residential design. The team is led by... Read More
  • 0131 662 9339
  • Edinburgh EH9 2HS, Midlothian
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders
Jefcoate Anderson Architects Ltd
Architects and Building Designers in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders
"We used Gavin Jefcoate to design our new kitchen extension and complete remodel of the downstairs of our home. It's nearly 3 years since work started and we are still as pleased with the results as we were when it was first completed. The initial meetings quickly demonstrated that Gavin understood our brief of what we wanted and why we needed it. The resulting plan was a really exciting change for the house with bold creative elements which also integrated the practical solutions that at the time we were desperate for. Throughout the build Jefcoate Anderson provided project management which took away most of the stresses that go hand in hand with altering any home to this extent. We are still hugely pleased with the results and would strongly recommend using this firm if you are considering a build project."
- mchaffie8060
Andrew Megginson Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders
"Andrew is a conscientious listener who understands and interpreters his clients requirements with great consideration. he is exceptionally competent at his profession."
- HU-969341983
Urban Creatures
Architects and Building Designers in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders
"We selected Martin and Louise from Urban Creatures to design and manage the build of our house because we liked their portfolio and found that they understood our brief. As a result, the design process of the house did not take long and they provided many good ideas. Obtaining planning permission for our house was quite problematic, but Urban Creatures were very professional in dealing with the planning department. Despite them working to our budget, the quotes from the builders were at least 1/3 above our budget, which led to some changes and omissions. But at least that saved us from a lot of nasty surprises once the building work started. Urban Creatures supervised the whole building process and we had fortnightly meetings with both Urban Creatures and the builder to discuss progress and issues. Again, this was done in a very professional manner. Overall, we are very happy with the service provided by Urban Creatures. We would recommend them to others and would not hesitate to use them again."
- bothan2012
N7 Design Studio Ltd.
Architects and Building Designers in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders
"I have been working on this project for just over 15 months with Nick at N7 Design, and have found him to be thoroughly professional in every aspect of his business. During what has been at times very frustrating negotiations he has remained calm and always given best advice, his experience in dealing with people at all levels has been invaluable during which he has remained calm and controlled. I would have no hesitation in recommending N7 Design for your next project."
- ian_murtagh
Douglas Strachan - Chartered Architect Midlothian
Architects and Building Designers in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders
"Professional and friendly service. Advised and guided us through submission of listed building alteration plans involving original sash window replacements so as not to fall foul of regulations. Drew up plans, specs and recommended fitters plus general helpful advice."
- Claire
2B Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders
"2B were commissioned to provide concept drawings and take the design to planning approval and subsequent building warrant issue. At all stages they were courteous, kept to appointments made and listened to our requirements. The designs produced were of a high standard and matched with what our expectations were. We wanted a shell provision for an extension and some internal alterations for a full house renovation and they have assisted in other aspects as part of the remit which has helped us tremendously. Would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone"
- stewart_izatt
Boydell Architectural Design
Architects and Building Designers in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders
"Ran Boydell is a thoughtful and practical professional who we were delighted to work with during our restoration of Rosemount in the Hunter Valley of NSW, Australia. He has an excellent eye and worked collaboratively with us rather than enforcing his ideas and opinions on us. I have no hesitation in recommending Ran Boydell."
- mturner62
David Blaikie Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders
"We’ve worked successfully alongside award-winning architects, David Blaikie on a number of projects. Of particular note is their impressive level of creativity and willingness to push the boundaries in a positive way, to deliver contemporary designs that are not just unique but, from a construction point of view - ‘build-able.’ David Blaikie has just celebrated 25 years in architectural design and Mackenzie Hughes are delighted to wish them continued success for the future.’ Rory Forteath Director Mackenzie Hughes"
- Mackenzie Hughes Ltd
CALA Homes
Architects and Building Designers in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders
"CALA Home's impeccable interior design and attention to detail is loved by the camera. Their professionalism and understanding makes CALA a pleasure to photograph for. We would recommend their homes to anyone looking to own a good quality product. Looking forward to the next shoot!"
- ZAC and ZAC - Photography
McGregor Bowes
Architects and Building Designers in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders
"I engaged McGregor Bowes (Chris Bowes) to prepare Listed Building Consent, Planning Application drawings and supporting documents at short notice for a conservation project on a Croft house in the Highlands of Scotland. Chris prepared the necessary documents quickly and accurately which resulted in a successful planning application. I have no hesitation in recommending McGregor Bowes as a competent Architect for conservation works and finally note that the fees for this professional service were reasonable."
- dave_sinclair2
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How do I choose the right Abbotsford, Scottish Borders architect?

Begin by determining the type of architectural service you require. Is it merely advice that you need? Or a detailed set of architectural design plans? Are you hoping to add a single-storey extension or are you really looking for someone to design you a custom home and handle construction management right through to completion? One of the most important duties of full service architects in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders is to serve as project managers and supervise most aspects of construction as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors.

Architecture is an incredibly technical profession and one where getting things wrong can literally put lives at risk, so do background checks on your Abbotsford architect. Check they are registered with architecture associations such as the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB) and The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Being part of an architecture association means that an architect or architecture firm has met certain standards, qualifications and practices, and can be held accountable if they don’t meet these standards. It’s advisable to choose architects that specialise in the kind of project that you are undertaking as their existing experience will shine through in the completed design. Look for an architect in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders that can provide references and reviews of their previous work.

Once you have determined the service level you need, your next consideration will be architectural style. Some architects specialise in designing for traditional housing such as period cottages and country homes, or even in designing modern replicas in a period style. Others have a knack for imagining bolder, more futuristic architectural design in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders incorporating the latest green technology. Check their Houzz profile and website for examples of previous work. Early on, try to gauge availability – there’s no point in choosing an architect that’s going to be booked for months if you have a tight deadline. Some architects are happy to do all their work online or over the phone with you, but if you’d prefer to work with an architect in person then check that your chosen architects in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders will travel to you.

What is the process to hire an architect?

At the first meeting, preferably at your property or building site, give as clear a picture as possible of the kind of home you are trying to create to your architects. Chat through your goals, projected budget, scope of work, schedule and feedback, together with any very specific requirements you might have. It is crucial that your architects are clear about their responsibilities and that these are documented in the contract. Ask them to walk you through the process, including the number of architectural design consultations, site visits and what they will be delivering and when, e.g. feasibility study, a technical drawing, tender package and/or planning application drawings. They could illustrate this using a previous client’s project. Also, what does the architect need from you? Deeds, rights of way, deposit, staged payments etc. Once you have covered all this detail, you are ready to make your choice and get started. The architecture company in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders that you hire will likely start with concept drawings and finish with construction drawings and documents. Some firms even design with 3D renderings, CAD and videos, but this is by no means essential.

What makes a good architect?

You are looking for architects in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders that have the right balance of creative flair, technical nous, practicality and impeccable service to see you through. Get a sense of whether they are a good listener, collaborator and problem solver. Checking their references will also be invaluable at this stage so look at their Houzz profile for past customer reviews. Ask to speak to previous clients, particularly regarding their responsiveness and ability to work creatively around a budget.

How much does hiring an architect cost?

There is no set payment structure for an architect. Some Abbotsford, Scottish Borders architects will charge an hourly rate, others base their fees on a percentage of the total construction cost or propose a fixed fee (payable in instalments) for projects such as house extensions or a complete home design. You may wish to pay in stages to safeguard against any possible dissatisfaction with the quality of service. Make sure the total figure and payment schedule is agreed as part of your contract, particularly if you are trying to accurately estimate the cost of building a house.

What are the important questions to ask architects in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders?

  • How long have you been an architect in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders? Are you part of ARB and RIBA? Are you part of any other associations of architectural design in Abbotsford, Scottish Borders?
  • How would you improve my current property and what do you think is the best use of my available budget?
  • Please can you tell me about similar projects you have undertaken and why you are the right person for the job?
  • What will be some of the main challenges?
  • Do you have experience of managing the construction phase?
  • Will you be the lead architect on this project?
  • Can you give me an overview of this project and tell me who will be doing what?
  • How long will the project take?
  • What will you charge, and will that be based on an hourly rate, a percentage of the project cost, or a fixed fee?
  • Can you recommend builders and contractors in my area?
  • Is there other expenditure that I might have missed and and how can I sensibly cut those costs?
  • What happens if there is a dispute? How would you resolve it?
  • Do you have professional indemnity insurance?
  • How often will you be updating me on progress, either face to face or on the phone?

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