South Ockendon, Essex Architects and Building Designers

South Ockendon, Essex Architects are masters of building design and can make your dream house a reality. Perhaps you would like to find South Ockendon, Essex 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 South Ockendon, Essex 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 South Ockendon, Essex architects will also often help to obtain planning permission and building regulations approval. More
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We strive to produce elegant homes which our clients love to live in. They are created using skilled design,... Read More
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  • London W1S 1SP, Greater London
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Specialists in home extensions and loft conversions. With extensive international experience, Evolv Design is the...
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An architectural and interior design practice with projects in the UK and the South of France. We speak English,... Read More
  • 020 7193 9379
  • London NW1 7PN
Renowned Full Service Architectural Practice in London and Essex
We are a design-led practice with a reputation for reliability and providing creative solutions that maximise the...
  • 020 3893 2797
Martins Camisuli was established in 2002 by Ana Martins and Sebastian Camisuli, drawing on their combined 20... Read More
  • 020 3871 8503
  • London NW5 1AH, Greater London
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Designing Beautiful New Build Homes & Extensions Across Essex
We are best known for our quick turnarounds, customer satisfaction & assistance from beginning-to-end of projects...
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We are team of ambitious young architectural designers. We have all grown up with backgrounds of property... Read More
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  • London SW9 8BJ, Greater London
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Award Winning Full Service Architectural & Interiors Company | Essex
We offer a complete service from conception to completion managing the design, budget and timeline for your home...
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Clifton SMR, the union of Clifton Interiors and Studio Mark Ruthven, has evolved from a joint passion for... Read More
  • 020 3960 5206
  • London NW5 3NE
Maxwell and Company are an architecture and design practice that were established in Scotland in 1992 by James... Read More
  • 020 3457 5864
  • London EC1R 0DP, Greater London
We understand that a successful project is the seamless composition of the external building design and the... Read More
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  • London N22 8HF, Greater London
Based in Hackney, London, we undertake residential, commercial and public projects providing full architectural,... Read More
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  • London E8 3DL, Greater London
Scenario Architecture is more than just a name for a practice. It is a unique and a very personal way of... Read More
  • 020 3870 2582
  • London N1 5PH, Greater London
Oakman Architecture is a vibrant company that focuses on providing professional services for a variety of clients... Read More
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  • London W10 5AS, Greater London
HELLO, WE’RE CATO CREATIVE. We’re a small London based design and refurbishment practise that create homes for... Read More
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  • London SW15 2NN, Greater London
ARCHEA was set up in Spring 2010 by Richard Skinner and Mai-ling Leung. Our principal focus is with existing... Read More
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  • London E8 2EB, Greater London
Nic Antony Architects Ltd are an established Chartered RIBA practice with offices in the Docklands (Central... Read More
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  • Buckhurst Hill IG9 5BY, Essex
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in South Ockendon, Essex
Des Ewing Residential Architects
Architects and Building Designers in South Ockendon, Essex
"We used Des and his team for a new build and renovation project in Leicestershire. From the beginning they focused on our requirements and ensured they delivered it. The building was well designed, fitted the conservation area perfectly and on budget. The DesEwing business provided a unique design that gets noticed for all the right reasons. Materials used were the best and even the choice of brick made a huge difference. We would recommend DesEwing Residential Architects without reservation. Kate Smart"
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VORBILD Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in South Ockendon, Essex
"Hired Vorbild Architecture to design a few units I was remodeling. The work they offer is that of high quality and experience. I've dealt with other Architecture firms in the past, but they've always given sub par customer service and similar results in their work ethic and craftsmanship. Vorbild is one company I would recommend for any project big or small. I will definitely be working with them in the future."
- evans20220
Martins Camisuli Architects
Architects and Building Designers in South Ockendon, Essex
"Martins Camisuli designed and project managed a new kitchen project in my home. I wanted something individual and crafted. It involved complete remodelling of the space, removal of walls and the design and manufacture of bespoke kitchen units. They were responsive to my ideas, creative and enthusiastic. I found it very easy to communicate with them and the works were completed on time and on budget. I think the choice of materials and overall design are warm simple and enduring. I would be very happy to have the opportunity use them again."
- carmen_daye5
MODEL Projects Ltd
Architects and Building Designers in South Ockendon, Essex
"Model Projects were a delight, from the initial brief with James who immediately took my requirements and turned them into a fantastic design - spot on first time with no amendments necessary. Kathryn then took over on a day to day basis as project manager and I cannot praise her highly enough. Dealing with the local authority, building control, structural engineers and the many contractors was done with calm and determination and I now have my dream space."
- smr_387
Clifton SMR
Architects and Building Designers in South Ockendon, Essex
"Artichoke has worked with Mark and Rosie for longer than most of us can remember. They are both hugely knowledgeable and experienced with a fantastic back catalogue of successful residential projects to their name. Combining interior design with architectural services in the way they do makes projects simpler and it adds a huge amount of value. They are also both great fun to work with."
- Artichoke
Maxwell & Company Architects
Architects and Building Designers in South Ockendon, Essex
"I employed Maxwell & Company Architects to upgrade the interior of a recently purchased period property in central London. The design work was exemplary, taking into consideration my own desires and requirements while adding what I like to call 'liveable style': not only does it look great, but the spaces work at a practical level and are a pleasure to inhabit. I feel that detailing is one of the company's strong points, and shows the real benefit of employing a professional designer (I speak from experience of past refurbishment projects). The client designer relationship was convivial and, with Maxwell & Company Architects managing the building work, the job ran smoothly and to deadline and actually a little under the projected budget. Any hiccups or design changes were handled in an entirely professional manner. In all, a low-stress build that resulted in a great product. Highly recommend."
- johnhemer
Trevor Brown Architect
Architects and Building Designers in South Ockendon, Essex
"Trevor Brown was a pleasure to work with. We started with a humble idea of replacing a structurally unsound kitchen with something a bit nicer, and he transformed the project into a fabulous piece of architecture. Trevor is knowledgeable, and has an ambitious attitude to even simple projects. By paying attention to both the structure and the details of the kitchen, Trevor created a space which is a beautiful space and also very functional. Trevor is a busy man, but he replied to emails, and answered the phone when we had queries. He worked well with the construction team and they were able to take a pragmatic approach to solving problems along the way. We exceeded the original budget, but that was at least in part because we chose more expensive options when Trevor offered us choices."
- kathycoyne64
Emil Eve Architects
Architects and Building Designers in South Ockendon, Essex
"Great conservation architects in Hackney. Emil Eve work hard, have great attention to detail and always meet deadlines. Where some architects in central London big offices treat you like an invoice, Emil Eve are genuinely interested in the projects they take on and the result is a very high standard all round."
- Peter Monaghan
Scenario Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in South Ockendon, Essex
"We really enjoyed working with the team at Scenario Architecture. They are a very nice and friendly bunch but remained professional. Creative approach to determining our ideal renovation. Very happy with the design and result. Directed us towards an excellent builder to do the work. It seems the transition from the pretty 3d renderings and design phase to detailed plans a builder could execute was exceptional as I've heard of others having issues here and our builder never mentioned any issues, problems, or vague items within the drawings. Spent a bit too much time at the front on concepts that were beyond the budget. When considering what include or remove from the design for cost reasons, we would get the response of "we're not builder" but we expected a bit more understanding of the entire build process. On the other hand, I was grateful that they were honest with us that our original proposed budget was simply too small for what we all hoped to achieve."
- 163kaneko
Oakman Architecture Limited
Architects and Building Designers in South Ockendon, Essex
"My wife and I hired Nigel at Oakman Architecture and we had no idea of what was needed in the process. Nigel 'held our hand' through the whole process and came up with suggestions and designs to sit our needs (in London, we needed space, space and more space). From start to finish, he has helped all the way. Even when we had an issue with the drain which the builders found, Nigel came up with a new plan within hours and resolved the issue. He made a very stressful process less so and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anybody"
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How do I choose the right South Ockendon, Essex 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 South Ockendon, Essex 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 South Ockendon 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 South Ockendon, Essex 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 South Ockendon, Essex 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 South Ockendon, Essex 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 South Ockendon, Essex 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 South Ockendon, Essex 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 South Ockendon, Essex 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 South Ockendon, Essex?


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