Matlock, Derbyshire Architects and Building Designers

Matlock, Derbyshire Architects are masters of building design and can make your dream house a reality. Perhaps you would like to find Matlock, Derbyshire 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 Matlock, Derbyshire 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 Matlock, Derbyshire architects will also often help to obtain planning permission and building regulations approval. More
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Paul Testa Architecture
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"We used this company to help us remodel a tired 1930's house with lots of small dark rooms into a stunning bright and airy modern home. Their vision was fantastic adding a full height front extension to bring the stairs out of the central footprint, creating extra space and bringing light to the previously dark front spaces. This created a full height entrance hall and helped give us two extra rooms in a previously small attic space. Internally they tied all the spaces together with clever design features giving us a house where every space is used and the house is quite literally a joy to live in! They persuaded us to invest in making the external envelope as air tight and well insulated as possible and fit an MVHR system. Initially we were very sceptical but are now delighted with the thermal performance of the house both in summer and winter. They were thoroughly professional throughout dealing positively and practically with the inevitable challenges along the way. Our contractor had never done anything like this before and they supported him technically when necessary. Their clever design and attention to detail added significantly to the value of the finished property and we could never have achieved this on our own."
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Edge Ad
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"Edge came up with a great idea for my kitchen extension. I would not have considered this particular design but we were delighted with the outcome. I was reassured by the professional advice but also consulted about all the options along the way. The project was well managed and I would recommend their services to others."
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"Nathan listened and sought to understand our wishes from the initial meeting and then worked with us to produce a design that fully realised our goals. Our final plans incorporated many of Nathan's innovative eco-friendly suggestions and 3D images which enhanced our original vision. His preparation was very thorough and he produced highly detailed drawings, enabling us to go to builders with confidence. We would highly recommend Ikonografik Design."
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LSO Architects
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"We used LSO architects approximately 3 years ago after we bought a 3 Bed Semi and wanted to significantly develop it. Debbie Hoare at LSO took my domestic ideas and developed them in a way a could never have imagined. I found her to be very professional and excellent at offering practical and workable solutions. We loved our home and are using LSO again on our next project. Highly recommended."
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Ecclesall Design
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"We desperately needed advice about planning and I called Sue, who was absolutely amazing with professional advice and support. She listed criteria and how and who to approach about our cornerns. Highly professional, friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely use and recommend Ecclesall Designs to friends and family in the future."
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"We had Chris design some plans for our work and i can highly recommend him. His attention to detail actually saved us a lot of money and hassle so im really please we picked his firm."
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Julie Richards Architectural Design Ltd.
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"I appointed Julie Richards in January 2016 to carry out a complete refurbishment of the two bedroom 'Warner' style maisonette I own and rent out in Leyton, London. It was agreed the works should be completed by April at the latest, and this was achieved. The property had fallen into considerable disrepair during a lengthy tenancy of almost a decade, only fetching a low rent that reflected this state of affairs. In January 2016 the existing tenant moved out and I took this opportunity to bring the place into line with average rental prices for the area, which valuations indicated had risen a great deal since my original investment. Within a strict budget of 25k Julie's brief was, therefore, to strip the place out entirely and build it back up to a standard that would guarantee the financial return necessary to recoup the expense, whilst providing enduring value going forward. It was a given that the kitchen and bathroom would have to be completely replaced. Julie's choices were tasteful, economical and above all - with limited space - practical. All the existing decor had become too tired to be restored effectively, so Julie also designed and oversaw a complete redecoration. Of course scratching the surface brought ever greater issues: large areas of plastering coming away, and the apparent obsolescence of the electrical circuitry and aspects of the plumbing amongst them. She coped admirably with all of these things as they arose. She also showed an appreciative touch with some of the more 'period' features such as sash windows, sliding doors and wooden floorboards stripped, sanded and varnished to remarkable effect. (We never did get round to rehabilitating the bricked in hearth due to the narrow budgetary restraints, but the will was there!) The lighting design was also improved, adding to the overall feeling that my property had been transformed beyond recognition. Julie managed to incorporate these things into her scheme of work without - as I greatly feared - allowing timescale and budget to spiral out of control. She negotiated with a wide range of tradespeople directly herself, many of whom were her existing contacts. This was all a great relief to myself, having never embarked on a project of this scale before. I hope this helps, please don't hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss anything further."
DBD Architectural Consultancy Ltd
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"We highly recommend Andrew, we are absolutely thrilled with our new extension. Andrew listened to our needs to create a beautiful new downstairs family space and upstairs bedroom/ensuite that completely exceeded our expectations. We've found him to be very approachable and professional. The process of gaining planning permission went smoothly thanks to Andrew. He is excellent at communicating with clients and kept in constant touch throughout the project which we really appreciated."
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"I received a valuation back on a house I have bought and needed a professional to check out some of the things that came up on the valuation. Pete was great. He was quick to respond and very thorough in his check. I have 100% confidence in what was discussed and I would recommend his services to any of my family or friends."
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Design Haus
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"James worked with us on plans for our extension. He has an intuitive approach to design, working with ideas flexibly and offers excellent solutions to problems. James has good communication skills, keeping us in the loop throughout the whole process. Plans were completed with innovative ideas and options that helped us to clearly visualise the completed build. We couldn't recommend his service any higher."
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How do I choose the right Matlock, Derbyshire 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 Matlock, Derbyshire 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 Matlock 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 Matlock, Derbyshire 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 Matlock, Derbyshire 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 Matlock, Derbyshire 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 Matlock, Derbyshire 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 Matlock, Derbyshire 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 Matlock, Derbyshire 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 Matlock, Derbyshire?

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