Brighton, East Sussex Architects and Building Designers

Brighton, East Sussex Architects are masters of building design and can make your dream house a reality. Perhaps you would like to find Brighton, East Sussex 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 Brighton, East Sussex 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 Brighton, East Sussex architects will also often help to obtain planning permission and building regulations approval. More
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three|eleven design Ltd has set out to be one of the best practices in Brighton & the Southeast offering... Read More
  • 01273 688744
  • Brighton BN1 1YE, East Sussex
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Innovative Brighton Studio Creating Modern Design-Driven Architecture
Specialising in full refurbishments, extensions and new build homes, Will & Mike's passion lies in creating...
  • 07481 337703
FAB Architects is an architecture and design studio founded by Will Fisher and Mike Bell. With 2 decades of... Read More
  • 07481 337703
  • Brighton BN1 4QE, East Sussex
Helping homeowners communicate their vision, providing builders with the detail they need to deliver that vision.... Read More
  • 01273 915010
  • Brighton BN411WR, East Sussex
Humber Architecture is an independent design consultancy practice based in Brighton, offering client – focused... Read More
  • 01273 974102
  • Brighton BN1 4ST, East Sussex
Established in 2011, Southstudio are award-winning architects with offices in Tunbridge Wells & North London. ... Read More
  • 07449 515473
  • Tunbridge Wells TN3 0JT, Kent
Penton Architects was established in 2003 by husband and wife team, Adam and Annelise, to design and manage... Read More
  • 01892 861151
  • Tunbridge Wells TN3 9PY, Kent
Architectural services - technical drawing - planning & building regulation drawings - Project Manager/Working... Read More
  • 01444 213605
  • Burgess hill RH15 8HR, West Sussex
Cleverly mixing comfort and style, SCD Design is well known for creating airy, light filled modern homes. A... Read More
  • 07815 913058
  • Brighton BN1 1RD, East Sussex
Koru Architects is an architectural practise based in Hove, UK. We specialise in sustainable design, using... Read More
  • 01273 204065
  • Brighton and Hove BN3 6LZ, East Sussex
KORR is an RIBA chartered architectural practice based in Sussex UK . We have developed a diverse portfolio of... Read More
  • 07480 638098
  • East Grinstead RH19 2AE, West Sussex
Andrew Paine Architecture was set up five years ago and we now have a close-knit team of five talented members of... Read More
  • 01442 796288
  • Horsted Keynes RH17 7AS, West Sussex
PWJ Architects Ltd is a chartered architectural practice specialising in high end residential projects for one... Read More
  • 01483 802039
  • Cranleigh GU6 8LH, Surrey
Miller Architects is an RIBA Chartered Practice established in 2005 to provide architectural services in London,... Read More
  • 01342 823553
  • Forest Row RH185HL, East Sussex
Architectural designer based in Brighton & Hove working with clients to design beautiful homes, extensions,... Read More
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  • Hove BN3 6QL, East Sussex
Stickland Wright is a collaborative Architecture and Interior Design studio based in Brighton. Our driving vision... Read More
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Brighton, East Sussex
three|eleven design
Architects and Building Designers in Brighton, East Sussex
"Each design that Three|Eleven work on is unique and never formulaic, Rob Beer works creatively to exceed both a clients needs and their vision. We have worked with Rob on a challenging new build in Rottingdean where planning permission was tough to gain and came with incredibly tight restrictions. With constraints on size, this project demanded a creative design to maximise both space and light, whilst also meeting the clients dream of a traditional Arts & Crafts style house. We are currently working with Rob to build a stunning extension on a Victorian house which is also progressing well. It's a pleasure to work with Rob, we receive the detailed plans we need and communication is open and supportive - we really couldn't recommend Three|Eleven more highly."
- Woodmans Construction
FAB Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Brighton, East Sussex
"We wanted some drawings done to show use what was possible with our house. Several versions were done in excellent detail and this gave us lots of ideas about what we will do when we have the cash in the bank. The drawings are of course only the first step, but we were very happy with the process (very friendly yet professional) and it was exactly what we needed at this stage. Thanks guys, keep up the good work!"
- Sharlotte Rayner
Architects and Building Designers in Brighton, East Sussex
"We have a relationship of trust and respect between Focus SB and Cityzen, based on years of working on projects from small domestic to a Grade 1 stately home in Berkshire. We are currently providing our Horizon satin stainless steel plates extensively throughout their Grade 2 Listed conversion, refurbishment in West Street, Ditchling. We are supplying power sockets, lighting switches and matching scene setting control plates, our products enable Cityzen to deliver the continuity and seamless finish that they designed throughout the building. We are always impressed with Cityzen's technical expertise backed up by an eye for detail. Their demands to uphold the specification throughout any given project results in a high end finish for their architecture and engineering clients. We anticipate only good things in the growth of Cityzen as they continue to offer their "more than architecture" approach to clients. The tender packages they issue are detailed and specific, enabling the contractor to price our products with confidence, and so we are keen to maintain and develop our business together."
- Focus SB Ltd
Humber Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Brighton, East Sussex
"We consulted Aaron along with another surveyor regarding feasibility of our house conversion, and/or an extension. After deliberating the initial proposals, we decided not to proceed. Aaron was punctual, professional, and full of good ideas, but we decided not to proceed with the work after the early stages of discussion."
- John Ashmore
Southstudio Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Brighton, East Sussex
"Southstudio designed an managed the full conversion of our North London house, converting it from two dark and dilapidated self contained flats into a large, bright and beautiful family home. The proposed design was incredibly bold, exposing the structural elements of the building and completely rebuilding the ground and first floor. We also replaced the stairs and opened up the back of the house to the garden. Considering the size and scale of the job, the experience was painless. The neighbours were kept happy and informed. The builders were great and managed very closely, so we got a very precise and high standard finish to the work and it was all finished on time and to budget - important as we'd had to move out while the work was underway and needed to move back in on an immoveable date. The end result was spectacular and was even featured in interiors magazines."
- Claire Hynes
Penton Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Brighton, East Sussex
"Adam and Ali provide a highly professional personal service. We were very impressed throughout the entire process from inital scoping of ideas through to planning and consent - as well as support and oversight during the build. Many thanks Sam and Marcus Young"
- smanthajaneyoung
Jones projects Architectural
Architects and Building Designers in Brighton, East Sussex
"Chris at jones projects was one of 6 i had visit my home for drawings for planning A multitude of various jobs over four floors from removing pillars to a dorma Chris was the only visit to make me reconsider my idears and replace with his He previously was a builder and talk any amateur through the whole build up to finnish I highly recommend chris and will use again Brett gadd"
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SCD Design-architecture interiors project manag’t
Architects and Building Designers in Brighton, East Sussex
"SCD stealthily plugged into my vision for the property and were able to expand upon and develop exactly the kind of style I was seeking to achieve. SCD's enthusiasm, commitment and attention to detail drove the project forward from start to finish. SCD's work encompassed such a huge variety of tasks: from obtaining planning and building control permission, co-ordinating structural engineers and party wall surveyors, producing an array of technical drawings, to scrutinising paint/tile/fabric samples, selecting furniture and managing the work of the builders and the contract. Their contribution, at every stage and in every aspect, was never less than brilliant. And there is absolutely no doubt that, without them, I would not be in such a magnificent property. When it comes to my next project, be it commercial or residential, there is no question that they will be the first on board."
- leopold_hall
Koru Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Brighton, East Sussex
"Working with Mark over a period of 3.5 years from our initial meeting through to finally getting a go ahead was a painless experience always there to provide advice. This was more than we could say for our local planners who proved to be a challenge at every turn, especially with a site in an AONB, in the green belt and part of the High Weald. The day was finally won through, use of the permitted development arrangements. A key factor in this, was the efficient and innovative roof profile, large in area but small enough in volume. This allowed us to satisfy all the necessary criteria. This curving profile had been one of Marks earliest concepts which he had presented to us and which had been particularly appealing, being a different approach from the conventional pitched roof arrangements. It was this ultimately significant arrangement that allowed the successful pursuit of gaining permission from our local planning authority, against what at times seemed like insurmountable objections from the planners."
- barry_scanlan61
KORR Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Brighton, East Sussex
"We needed to extend our house to cope with my husband's disability. Jam Koramshai - KORR architecture - was very helpful. With the benefit of his professional expertise and advice, we were able to review our plans ensuring the finished result was exactly what we needed."
- M McRae
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How do I choose the right Brighton, East Sussex 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 Brighton, East Sussex 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 Brighton 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 Brighton, East Sussex 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 Brighton, East Sussex 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 Brighton, East Sussex 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 Brighton, East Sussex 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 Brighton, East Sussex 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 Brighton, East Sussex 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 Brighton, East Sussex?

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