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Loft conversion - use of architect
I am just starting to considerate converting my loft into an en-suite bedroom, so please do not take this question in the wrong way;
What would be advantages of using independent architectural services comparing to going straight to a specialist loft conversion company (with end to end services, i.e. including the design)?
3 Answers from MyBuilder Architectural Designers
You would be better to use a qualified architect (RIBA) or an architectural technologist (MCIAT) as they will be able to give you impartial advice and help you to gather several quotations from builders. They should also have Professional Indemnity Insurance (PI Insurance) so that you are protected by their insurance cover. This cover also enables the professional to inspect the builders work and sign off stage payments for work completed, again giving you peace of mind.
Geoff Brown MCIAT AssocRICS
Answered 19th Jan 2015
Its depends on a few factors, one being if you need planning approval (listed building, etc) if not then you require building regulations approval. If the loft conversion company provides all of this as part of its service, then go with them as they should have adequate insurance in place anyway. If they don't then have an architectural studio draw up some plans and work with you to get the best scheme. Either way, you should be fine....
Answered 26th Jan 2015
I myself offer all in service to my customers from the planning to structural and building control stages.
I find it takes a lot of pressure of the customers who don't have the time in their busy life's to deal with all this, and they can get on with the more important things that matter to them like choosing the fixtures and fittings they require.
Advantage to the builder.! timings.
Advantage to the customer.! less stress.
Hope this helps
Answered 1st Feb 2015
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