Southampton, Hampshire Architects and Building Designers

Southampton, Hampshire Architects are masters of building design and can make your dream house a reality. Perhaps you would like to find Southampton, Hampshire 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 Southampton, Hampshire 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 Southampton, Hampshire architects will also often help to obtain planning permission and building regulations approval. More
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AR Design Studio is an RIBA chartered, award-winning architectural practice based in Winchester, Hampshire,... Read More
  • 01962 864545
  • Winchester SO23 9HB, Hampshire
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West Hampshire | Green Architecture | Meticulous Design Quality
Sustainable, passionate, well-executed and meticulous design, we have maintained our stance of straightforward...
  • 01329 800462
With over 30 years of experience we offer many aspects of a consultancy service From 'Concept Design', to... Read More
  • 07481 344635
  • Liss GU33 6JQ, Hampshire
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Contemporary and Conservation Architecture | Hampshire
Our portfolio ranges from small domestic projects to residential master-plans. We're a boutique practice that...
  • 01590 700033
OB Architecture is an award winning RIBA Chartered Architecture studio specialising in the design and... Read More
  • 01962 865344
  • Winchester SO23 9ES, Hampshire
Wiltshire based, Family-Run Architects Specialising in Luxury Homes
As an award-winning, family-run practice of architects with extensive experience designing high end homes, we...
  • 01672 552371
PAD studio are a small team of enthusiastic architects and designers who are passionate about design and the... Read More
  • 01590 670780
  • Lymington SO41 9AP, Hampshire
Johnny Grey Studios design and architect kitchens, interiors and outdoor rooms undertaking around 15 projects a... Read More
  • 01730 821424
  • Petersfield GU31 5DH, Hampshire
Forest Architecture's portfolio is underpinned by a contemporary and pragmatic approach to design. Based in... Read More
  • 01590 700033
  • Lymington SO41 8BD, Hampshire
dwell design was set up in 2009 with its approach set out to bring sustainable, passionate, well-executed and... Read More
  • 01329 800462
  • Fareham PO16 7UY, Hampshire
Snug Architects is a dynamic design studio based in Winchester, Hampshire. We are committed to working with you... Read More
  • 01962 868787
  • Totton, Southampton SO40 9DR, Hampshire
LA Hally Architect is an Award Winning RIBA Chartered Practice, with a young, fresh and innovative approach to... Read More
  • 01962 843500
  • Winchester SO23 8SR, Hampshire
Barclay+Phillips is a well established practice with over 30 years experience. We are located just outside of... Read More
  • 01722 711177
  • Salisbury SP5 3HT, Wiltshire
Alexander Design is an established, award winning RIBA chartered practice based in Winchester. Our... Read More
  • 01962 878833
  • Winchester SO23 0LD, Hampshire
Owl Lighting is a residential lighting design consultancy with our own range of architectural lighting. As a... Read More
  • 01962 738689
  • Winchester SO24 9EJ, Hampshire
Founded in 2010, Ström Architects is an award-winning, high-end contemporary architecture practice specialising... Read More
  • 01590 677442
  • Lymington, Hampshire
Abitalia South Coast is a contemporary modern furniture and interior design studio. Working with private clients... Read More
  • 01202 618155
  • Poole BH12 1DH, Dorset
Noel Wright Architects Ltd is an award winning RIBA Chartered Practice based in Petersfield, Hampshire. We... Read More
  • 01730 264678
  • Petersfield GU32 3LA, Hampshire
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Southampton, Hampshire
AR Design Studio Ltd
Architects and Building Designers in Southampton, Hampshire
"We have worked with AR designs on a number of kitchen projects and their residential designs are always imaginatively cenceived with beautiful detailing. All of the team are fantastic on both a professional and personal level and we hope to continue to work with them for many years to come!"
- SieMatic by The Myers Touch
Hampshire Design Consultancy Ltd.
Architects and Building Designers in Southampton, Hampshire
"Hampshire Design helped us with a barn renovation. Gill and Mark were incredibly helpful every step of the way from concept and design, planning process, selecting a contractor and then managing the day to day building as we were overseas while the work was being done. We are extremely happy with the result and would not hesitate to work with them again or recommend them."
- matthewcarlisle
OB Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Southampton, Hampshire
"We are always delighted when the opportunity arises to work with the talented team at OB Architecture. Over the past few years, we have had the pleasure of designing several kitchen projects for their stunning contemporary homes and, without fail, continue to be impressed by their exceptional skills and knowledge, evident from the beautiful homes they design."
- SieMatic by The Myers Touch
PAD studio
Architects and Building Designers in Southampton, Hampshire
"We attended a New Forest National Park Green Open Day showcasing sustainable buildings across the New Forest. We fell in love with two of the buildings and the architect of both buildings was PAD Studio. We have lived at Daisybank Cottage for 20 years and were passionate about renovating our Gardener’s Cottage which had coexisted with the main house since 1901. PAD helped us to stay true to the original structure, both in shape, form and materials. They sourced marley cladding similar to the original corrugated structure and ipe cladding similar to our forest surroundings. They opened our minds to new ideas and techniques whilst keeping us true to the original Arts & Crafts form of the original building. PAD guided us in the planning process, helped us with major decisions, externally and internally and travelled the journey with us, every step of the way. They have provided us with a gem, a small piece of paradise in the New Forest. Thank you. Cheryl & Ciaran Maher, Brockenhurst, The New Forest"
- cherylmaher
Johnny Grey Studios.
Architects and Building Designers in Southampton, Hampshire
"I had the pleasure of working with Johnny and his team while I was in England. The breadth of his knowledge, his use of varied materials, and practical playfulness gives his clients a kitchen they can delight in using. Everything works towards utility and pleasure - use of space, choice of materials, quality of workmanship and focus of design. Masterful."
- Rough Linen
Forest Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Southampton, Hampshire
"Having just moved from London to the New Forest we needed an architect with an solid understanding of the local area to draw up plans for our cottage. Forest Architecture filled this brief perfectly with their local knowledge and sympathetic approach to the renovation. Natalie is a delight to work with, kept us on track and is throughly professional."
- Victoria Broadfoot
dwell design
Architects and Building Designers in Southampton, Hampshire
"Helped us with an extension design for our home. Excellent work, original thinking and responsive to our needs. Helped manage discussions with the planning authorities as well."
- Lewis Bantin
Snug Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Southampton, Hampshire
"We hired Snug Architects after looking for an architect specialising in modern design that focused on comfortable living spaces. We were looking for a redesign of a very tired 1960 detached house to be bring it right up to date both externally and internally. Despite our many years dedication to house improvement magazines, they managed to come up with a design that took us by surprise. Very creative. Snug's team are all individually talented and a complete delight to work with. Very professional. Great vision, and great communicators. In particular they worked really well with the builders and created a great team spirit between all parties. Very excited about our house. We are due to move back in, in 6 weeks!"
- sfarrugia
LA Hally Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Southampton, Hampshire
"We used LA Hally for designing the conversion of an old barn for residential use. Leslie and her team have been great at taking us through the necessary stages of design, resulting in a great design which we are very happy with. LA Hally have also been very patient when we have had questions and have been flexible when there have been changes in requirements. We particularly value Leslie's attention to detail, covering things that we would have surely missed. Their approach is very consultative, involving us every step of the way. The builders' quotes came in more than hoped for (possibly not uncommon!) and Leslie worked carefully with the builders to bring costs down and help us decide on which builder to use in the end. We would definitely recommend LA Hally!"
- George Burn
Barclay+Phillips Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Southampton, Hampshire
"Barclay+Phillips were the architects who redesigned and project managed the almost total rebuild of our property close to the Thames. The property is inrecognisable when compared with the previous building. Our replacement home is a contemporary ‘land mark’ property that has had considerable interest in the area. We are delighted with the final product and the process that Barclay+Phillips took us through to achieve it. Photos available on request."
- livmooney
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How do I choose the right Southampton, Hampshire 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 Southampton, Hampshire 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 Southampton 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 Southampton, Hampshire 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 Southampton, Hampshire 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 Southampton, Hampshire 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 Southampton, Hampshire 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 Southampton, Hampshire 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 Southampton, Hampshire 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 Southampton, Hampshire?

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