18 Architects in Bristol

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When do I need an architect?

The job of an architect is extremely varied and extensive. Many first time home builders are unable to undertake all of the work themselves, and so the job of an architect becomes even more important. Generally, if you need planning permission then you are likely to need the help of an architect. Some people are able to complete a home build without this help, but it requires a lot of hard work and free time, which many people do not have!

An architect can work on everything from keeping the design aesthetically pleasing, to making sure the building work remains within your budget. They may do this by liaising with the site manager or general contractor. Many people do not realise how heavily involved architects usually are throughout the whole process of building. Remember though, it is imperative that you choose the right person for your build, otherwise you may find that expensive mistakes are being made without your realising until much later on.

What is special about architecture in Bristol?

Bristol has its own architectural style which is unique to the city but also, being the largest city in South West England; it has a huge range of other architectural styles. Wealthy merchants built larger Tudor mansions outside the city centre, which can still be seen today. The city has grown hugely over the years, meaning different areas will often originally have been villages with their own style and church. Bristol has a beautiful style, so hiring an architect is one way to make sure you have someone who can create a perfect home which both works well here, or stands out without disrupting the city! 

What does an architect do?

Architects turn your ideas into a reality by using plans and following construction throughout the process. They may charge between 10-15% of the overall construction cost, so finding a cheap architect may not be easy.

An architect keeps in mind everything from aesthetics to its facilities and whether it is sustainable, both economically and environmentally. They create plans and models using different techniques; 3D visualisations may also be used to give the homeowner a better idea of what their home will look like.

It is important to find someone who is able to help you create your perfect home. As with every profession, architects may specialise in different things – from gardens to renovations, with homify you’re able to find someone who can help you without even leaving the website. Make sure you do your homework first so you’re not disappointed later.

Architectural remodelling

Remodelling can be an extremely expensive business but, if done right, extremely rewarding, too. In order to avoid expensive mistakes, it may be wise to hire an architect who can help create your dream home, often in a much quicker and more efficient fashion than you may manage yourself.

Renovation

The renovation process can also be expensive. Some architects may charge extra due to the unpredictability of the work. The stages of their work can be broken down into planning, engineering, structural repair, rebuilding and finishes. Builders also often renovate homes to adapt to current needs, or to suitable for sale. Knowing what you want before you begin renovation is important!

In Bristol you will be able to find many people who are able to help you with your renovation, and using homify you will even be able to find someone who is close to you and in your price range!

Architectural planning

A lot of planning has to go into every building process, whether this is the work of the homeowner or an architect, it is important to make sure that a structure is safe before building work begins.

From drawings and plans to time management, this work can be extremely varied and needs to be specific so that tradesmen and builders don’t make any mistakes.

It is vital that an architect creates plans which are sustainable and work well with their surroundings, too. You may be tempted to hire a visualisation expert who can create images of how a project will look when it is finished. These tools, which can include CGI packages help both you and your architect visualise what your home will look like before building work begins.

How do I find the right architect for my home building project?

With homify you can find the right architect simply by using our directory. All you have to do is check through all the architects on our site. It is important that you know what you would like your architect to specialise in, and what you will be asking them to do before you have a consultation. There are hundreds of architects who are working near you in Bristol, and with homify you can view exactly where they are on a map, check out their reviews and work, and even visit their Facebook page.

It is also important to remember that many architects also work by word-of-mouth, so asking around is essential. You may be lucky enough to find someone who is perfect for you.

How much will an architect cost?

As an architect is a highly trained professional, you aren't likely to find anyone whose work is cheap. Therefore it is definitely worth deciding in advance whether you are able to afford their services. The cost of hiring an architect is often around 10-15% of the overall construction cost, so to get an idea of how much this will be, it is worth assessing where in Bristol you live, how much you will need designed and whether you’re renovating, remodelling or building from scratch.

How can I contact an architect in Bristol?

With homify you’re able to easily contact architects in Bristol who can do the work you need. You can make appointments without even leaving your computer. The main piece of advice given when searching for an architect is to shop around: with homify we give you this option! You’re able to view their portfolios and location, read client reviews and even check Facebook!

What does the Architecture Registration Board do?

If a homeowner feels they have been wronged by an architect, they are able to rely on the Architecture Registration Board (ARB) to help them right what has been wronged. The ARB also make sure that everyone registered with them has been trained to a high standard and that they uphold good architectural values. They keep check on their architects so that you know, if you hire an ARB architect, you will be receiving the best treatment!

What other professionals do I need for my home building project?

In order to make sure that you are creating a home that you will love, whether it is through renovation, remodelling or building, there are many professionals who can help. Hiring a large team of professionals may be an expensive idea, but it definitely means everything runs smoothly and efficiently. If you have the time yourself to overview the whole project, you may not need these professionals; however, to avoid expensive mistakes, it is worth, at least, considering them!

In Bristol, there are hundreds of people who can help you and with homify you’re able to find them quickly and easily by following the links.

Interior architect

Interior architects do not work on building or structures of a room; instead their work involves changing the overall feel of a room. They aim to create a liveable space and keep in mind the people who will be living there, communicating regularly in order to create a perfect space. This work may involve changing built-in furniture, lightings, coatings and working on the overall spacial design. They help you realise exactly what it is that you would like from your room!

General contractors

general contractor is the best person to hire to work on the overall coordination of a project. They take into account everything from the cost of materials and equipment to labour. Often, hiring an architect will mean you’re easily able to find a general contractor who they trust, meaning you know they’re reliable.

Kitchen planner

Finding the right kitchen planner can often be the best way to make sure you have a home which is worth spending long evenings in! Having a beautiful place to cook and socialise is a great way to have a perfect home. With homify you will be able to find hundreds of ideas from rustic to the industrial style. You’re also able to save these pictures into an ideabook, include text to remind yourself of exactly why you chose the picture, and later show it to a kitchen planner! Having a professional to guide you through the whole process is a brilliant idea. They may also be able to help you add features to create a home which will sell on for a larger profit.

Designer

If you don’t have a lot of time for creating your dream home in a unified style, it may be worth hiring a designer. All designers have their own style, so it is worth checking out their previous work first so you know exactly what that style is. There are many Bristol designers who can help you will small or large aspects of creating your dream home. They will then be able to work with you and help make your home perfect. It is wise to communicate a lot with your designer so that they know what you like best!