Belfast, Antrim Architects and Building Designers

Belfast, Antrim Architects are masters of building design and can make your dream house a reality. Perhaps you would like to find Belfast, Antrim 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 Belfast, Antrim 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 Belfast, Antrim architects will also often help to obtain planning permission and building regulations approval. More
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At C60 Architects and Town Planners we will work in partnership with you to bring your ideas into reality and... Read More
  • 028 9099 2160
  • Belfast BT9 7EW, Antrim
Architects in Belfast specialising in residential design, home and kitchen extensions, renovations, self-build... Read More
  • 07980 302885
  • Belfast BT95GW, Antrim
At 9yards we pride ourselves in fulfilling all of our Clients' specific design requirements. Our bespoke designs... Read More
  • 028 9336 5999
  • Belfast BT9 6RY, Down
Operating from our purpose built design studio in Dundrum, CKA has numerous residential & commercial clients all... Read More
  • 028 4344 6644
  • Dundrum BT33 0NL, Down
Architech is a small design and property development company operating in the County Down region. With over... Read More
  • 07480 824430
  • Comber BT23 5QS, Down
At Line architects Belfast we pride ourselves on providing an individual service that suits your individual needs... Read More
  • 07824 385027
  • Belfast BT6 0AN, Antrim
Glenn Massey Architect (GMA) Limited was established in 2010 as an architectural and design practice based in... Read More
  • 07779 572289
  • Lisburn BT27 5HP
Marc Ballard Architects are based in Holywood, outside Belfast in Northern Ireland. Established in 2000 the... Read More
  • 07919 377818
  • Holywood BT189NE, Down
Friendly architectural practice committed to providing a quality, professional service. Sharon Johnston Designs... Read More
  • 07801 251245
  • Co Armagh BT63 5NH, Armagh
  • 028 9083 3420
  • Belfast BT9 7GQ, Antrim
Jane D Burnside Architects is a specialist house architect and an expert in contemporary bespoke house design.... Read More
  • 028 2589 2658
Slemish Design Studio is an modern architectural practice based in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. At present we are... Read More
  • 07730 595790
  • Ballymena, County Antrim BT42 4JJ, Antrim
Anderson Architect, established in 1985 by David Anderson, is a dynamic architectural practice based in Portadown... Read More
  • 028 3833 0632
  • Portadown BT62 3AG, Armagh
Based in Belfast and South Down, Sarah Macauley is an RIBA Chartered Architect and Conservation Registrant. We... Read More
  • 07847 344821
  • Rathfriland BT34 5NG, Down
JP Architects & Landscape Design is an award winning practice based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Formed by James... Read More
  • 07547 801202
  • Belfast BT6 8NZ, Antrim
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Belfast, Antrim
C60 Architects and Town Planners
Architects and Building Designers in Belfast, Antrim
"From the first call with C60 I knew that I had found the right practice to help us with 2 projects. Roger and the team at C60 have successfully steered us through planning and building control approval for both, with first class submissions and engagement with the planners and conservation officials. One project is nearly complete, and the second is just going out to tender now. In their design work C60 have managed to effectively balance style with the practical utility of the space, and have known instinctively when to lead and when to listen. They turned some of our original ideas on their head, and the projects are significantly better off because of them. They have been fantastically responsive to calls and emails, and have been very accommodating in working around the schedule of 2 busy professionals + toddler for clients. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Roger and the team at C60 to anyone for architectural and planning services."
- P D
Jim Morrison Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Belfast, Antrim
"We contacted Jim initially for ideas only for our house which had been bothering us for some time due to a poor layout, dark, pokey rooms, lack of storage and poor access to our back garden. We were delighted with some of the ideas he came up with, some of them incredibly simple, and we hired him to design what turned out to be a modest extension, with other renovations and alterations, all of which which have totally transformed our house. Jim took care of the statutory approvals and organised a first class builder, and the works were finished exactly within our agreed budget. We are absolutely delighted with the finished result and would have no hesitation in recommending Jim to anyone thinking of home improvements."
- Kate Fay
9yards architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Belfast, Antrim
"Look no further, these guys are the best! I simply love our house now that we have extended and refurbished it to designs by 9yards! From their first visit I knew we would get on well, with their friendly, knowledgeable approach, and their design ideas were brilliant, all at a very affordable price - they truly have changed the way our family live, with a large open-plan kitchen/dining/living area where the whole family can congregate. We also engaged them to look after the job on site which took away all of the building stress - thank you 9yards!"
- elainedunleavey
CK Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Belfast, Antrim
"Johnny and Collette provide a personal and professional service offering a superb design that has met our needs completely. I thought I got excellent value for money as they helped me navigate each step and answered all my many questions and referred us to a builder who was excellent. Made a stressful experience as easy as possible. Thank you"
- emqnn
Architects and Building Designers in Belfast, Antrim
"I have found working with Peter excellent. We are putting on an extension and from the initial drawing to building control drawing nothing has ever been a bother to him. I have asked endless questions and changed my mind within the drawings and nothing has ever been a problem. Advice and suggestions on what we can do to get the best out of our project has been brilliant. Peter is friendly and knowledgeable in his job. From ringing round various architects for prices Peter prices are very reasonable I would highly recommend him to anyone."
- Jaimie Jackson
LINE Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Belfast, Antrim
"Gareth designed a complete remodel and extension for our home. He worked with our needs and our budget (adapting as this changed) and we were really happy with all his ideas! He was very patient and also took the stress away of dealing with the planners directly! Would highly recommend."
- Andrea Cochrane
glenn massey architect ltd
Architects and Building Designers in Belfast, Antrim
"Glen worked on plans for our house extension. He took the time to understand what our vision and current and future expectations of the house and the extension. Overall I would say he delivered and exceeded our expectations. Glen worked tirelessly on the designs and kept the project moving right through to planning permission stage. We were also pleased and reassured with the range of contacts for different aspects of the projects that he was able to provide. Am very much looking forward to seeing Glen's designs come to fruition."
- michelledcorbett
Marc Ballard Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Belfast, Antrim
"We enlisted Marc Ballard’s help to extend our old stone home in South Belfast. It wasn’t the easiest of briefs as we also needed to extend our home to accommodate a disabled parent. Marc is a fabulous architect and the end result for us is a truly beautiful home with the most incredible feeling of space. Right from taking our brief and creating a beautiful home to managing the builders and every aspect of the build he has been brilliant. He’s very calm and truly listens to your brief and what you need and his skill as an architect is clear to see in the design work which has led to a stunning home. Working with an architect like Marc has given us a build that has the level of ‘detail’ and things we just wouldn’t have been able to do such as curved walls, bringing in different levels of light and creating different heights and making the home flow for our space but also suiting a disabled person. The build wasn’t straightforward also due to ground levels but working with Marc seriously reduced our stress levels throughout the whole process and we are truly delighted and loving living in our new ‘space’."
- Mars Webb
Sharon Johnston Designs for Living
Architects and Building Designers in Belfast, Antrim
"I am a chartered town planner, providing strategic and detailed planning advice to a wide range of architects, designers and legal professionals. I have worked closely with "Sharon Johnston, Designs for Living" on a number of projects and have observed the highest levels of professionalism and commitment, to secure her clients' dreams and aspirations for their new homes. On this basis I can highly recommend this design practice to deliver the best possible outcomes."
- tomgw
McGurran Associates Ltd
Architects and Building Designers in Belfast, Antrim
"Having used the services of McGurran Associates Ltd in the design of our new home I found the whole experience refreshing and uncomplicated. They listen objectively to the requirements of the client arriving at a conclusion which is superlative in every feature. Would have no hesitation in showing potential clients their design outcome"
- wilson_logan
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How do I choose the right Belfast, Antrim 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 Belfast, Antrim 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 Belfast 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 Belfast, Antrim 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 Belfast, Antrim 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 Belfast, Antrim 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 Belfast, Antrim 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 Belfast, Antrim 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 Belfast, Antrim 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 Belfast, Antrim?

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