Ashford, Kent Architects and Building Designers

Ashford, Kent Architects are masters of building design and can make your dream house a reality. Perhaps you would like to find Ashford, Kent 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 Ashford, Kent 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 Ashford, Kent architects will also often help to obtain planning permission and building regulations approval. More
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With over 30 years of experience, JPD Architecture is a father & son architectural firm based in Kent, UK. We... Read More
  • 01233 639822
  • Ashford TN254HT
Local Kent Architect with Over 25 Years Experience
I'm a chartered architect with over 25 years' all round experience and a lot of recent experience designing...
  • 07444 554086
I'm a chartered architect with over 25 years' all round experience and a lot of recent experience designing... Read More
  • 07444 554086
  • Hythe CT21 5DN, Kent
Studio BRiNER is a fresh and creative thinking architectural & design practice that seeks to connect contemporary... Read More
  • 01227 209904
  • Canterbury CT2 7FG, Kent
Adam Woodbridge Architects are an Architectural practice who offer a broad range of professional services from... Read More
  • 01303 864287
  • Lyminge Ct188ER, Kent
Located in Kent, Designscape Consultancy provides architectural and urban design services to a wide client base... Read More
  • 01622 735977
  • Maidstone ME14 4BD, Kent
Miriam Layton provides excellent design and drawing services for homeowners and businesses, finding creative and... Read More
  • 01227 752189
  • Faversham ME13 9JY, Kent
With over 10 years local experience, South East Architectural Services are here to guide you through your... Read More
  • 01233 801131
  • Canterbury CT6 5DU, Kent
Offset Architects is an award winning RIBA Chartered Architectural Practice. We combine creative design... Read More
  • 023 8214 8696
  • Wrotham Heath/Sevenoaks TN15 7RS, Kent
Creative Architecture is an Architectural Design Company specialising in Residential Design of New Build Houses,... Read More
  • 07805 672410
  • Canterbury CT15 7LP, Kent
We specialise in the preparation and submission of technical/architectural drawings required for planning and... Read More
  • 01227 206205
  • Manston Kent CT12 5FQ, Kent
L E A S K A R C H I T E C T U R E is a Margate-based architecture and design studio. The practice is run with... Read More
  • 07802 636163
  • Margate CT9 1PQ, Kent
Littlewood Architecture is a new design studio based in Canterbury with a focus on original and contemporary... Read More
  • 07874 081775
  • Canterbury CT2 8EL, Kent
Halshaw Architecture provide architectural services throughout the South East from our base in Dover. Whether you... Read More
  • 01304 826723
  • Dover CT17 0QN, Kent
Phi Design+Build is a full service design and build company based in North London + Kent. Our passion for great... Read More
  • 07961 574910
  • Lamberhurst TN3 8HN, Kent
FC Architects provide design and architectural services on all scales of residential projects in London and the... Read More
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  • MAIDSTONE ME17 1FH, Kent
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Ashford, Kent
JPD Architecture UK Ltd
Architects and Building Designers in Ashford, Kent
"I have known John for several years and decided to provide JPD Architecture with an opportunity to design, obtain planning permission and building regulation approval accordingly. My design criteria was extremely unique with specific requests relating to usability of open plan living with particular emphasis on the unique design and quality of workable details. My development criteria has always maintained the ethos and emphasis not only within desirable locations but the new homes must at all times be designed uniquely, totally individual and uncompromising for my specific requirements. Having over 30 years in the development industry it remains critically important to engage the correct team of professional consultants to enable satisfactory execution of my specific requests. I can not speak more highly of John, He proved to be very helpful and always accommodating. A true old school gent who never complained if my personal alterations to a detail etc was required. John concluded the requested alterations and issued the revised drawings pretty much immediately. Any structural bearing he issued and liaised with my structural engineers immediately. John's son Tim has also joined the practice proving to be a real asset. I myself was delighted with Tim's ideas and proposals especially his attention to detail of the internal feature lighting designs i had requested which was by no means an easy task. Together the project was hugely successful which achieved amazing results. The attached brochure will endorse my comments and sentiments further. Good work guys,I am looking forward to commencing the immanent site initial designs hopefully within the month."
- Richard Piper
Andrew Walters Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Ashford, Kent
"Andrew is a dedicated, professional and committed Architect. He is always quick to respond to questions and works so hard for you. He is very knowledgeable in his field and takes the care to deliver information to us - as clients - in a manageable and effective manner. We have loved working with Andrew and continue to do so."
- aloysia69
Studio BRiNER
Architects and Building Designers in Ashford, Kent
"I am an owner of my own building company as well as someone who undertakes work at home. Paul will always be our first choice for any architectural work that we need as a business and as an individual/family. First class service"
- Damien South
Adam Woodbridge Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Ashford, Kent
"Adam Woodbridge Architects were recommended to me. I found Adam very personable, reliable and supportive through out the design process with a genuine enthusiasm and commitment to our project. His detailed plans and high quality designs were sensitive and in keeping to the surrounding area. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending Adam and will certainly be calling on his experience and services for future projects."
- tyrone_ripley
Designscape Consultancy
Architects and Building Designers in Ashford, Kent
"I’ve worked with Kingsley and his team on various projects and have always been delighted with the work and results. They are extremely professional and are excellent at what they do. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their services"
- Jamie Bartholomew
Miriam Layton Architectural Design
Architects and Building Designers in Ashford, Kent
"Miriam has been a brilliant architect for us. We hired her to design a 3 bed, 2 storey extension. We thought we already knew what we wanted in terms of layout and look, but she came back with a number of really exciting ideas that transformed our fairly mundane ideas into really exciting, but affordable designs. We had a number of difficulties with planning, none of them Miriam's fault, causing her to have to revise key details without losing the essence of what we wanted (lots of light and space). She was really succesful and we're really pleased with the outcome. We were very naive about the whole building process before starting the project and Miriam has held our hands throughout and been a fantastic support."
- Henry Stanton
South East Architectural Services Limited
Architects and Building Designers in Ashford, Kent
"SEAS were very professional and worked to a very high standard. They provided us with plans for an extension, they were finished promptly and at a very reasonable price. When they came to see us they went above and beyond helping us tweak what we wanted, to get the best overall outcome. I would definitely recommend their excellent service."
- James Sibley
Offset Architects Ltd
Architects and Building Designers in Ashford, Kent
"The project involved a complete redesign and rebuild of a bungalow into a beautiful cottage. The design retained the charm and character of the original building whilst providing the wow factor of large light filled living spaces, ideal for modern family living. I am frequently complemented on what a fabulous transformation the cottage has undergone, even from complete strangers. The cost of services and the timetable were made very clear and went according to plan. I was always kept up to date and responded to promptly and received good professional advice."
- alastair_rutherford
Creative Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Ashford, Kent
"We bought a house designed by Rupert Davison at the beginning of the C20th and we wanted to create more bedrooms, bathrooms and living space. We needed someone who would be sympathetic to the original design, at the same time sensitive to our requirements. Gelarah Hirst listened to our needs and after agreeing the design, she consulted with us each step of the way. One of the lovely spaces she created for us was the sun room. The en suite bedrooms challenging but Gelarah found room for six double en-suites. the attic space was converted to en-suite bedroom and sitting room, a space which is filled with light most days. Whenever we have guests, which is often, we always have wonderful comments."
- mulshort
Littlewood Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Ashford, Kent
"Great to see that architect does not just mean someone drawing up fancy designs, but rather someone that investigates heavily what is possible and where the restrictions are, and then thinks up nice designs based on it. I can very much recommend Littlewood Architecture."
- Marcel Roth
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How do I choose the right Ashford, Kent 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 Ashford, Kent 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 Ashford 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 Ashford, Kent 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 Ashford, Kent 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 Ashford, Kent 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 Ashford, Kent 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 Ashford, Kent 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 Ashford, Kent 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 Ashford, Kent?

  • How long have you been an architect in Ashford, Kent? Are you part of ARB and RIBA? Are you part of any other associations of architectural design in Ashford, Kent?
  • 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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