Making changes to your existing home or building a new abode from scratch can prove to be quite stressful. A qualified and professional architect or interior architect can lift the burden off your shoulders a bit by providing key services such as creating relevant designs for your room, building or home and hiring the best builders to get the job done. Let’s take a look at what at architects in Liverpool have to offer.
While hiring an architect may seem like an unnecessary expense, it may save you a ton of hassle. For instance, he/she can draw up architectural designs that perfectly fit what you have in mind for your home. Their input can be invaluable in developing solutions that cut construction bills, reduce running costs and add long term value to your property.
Some benefits include:
They understand the weather perfectly: The effects of climate on the designing of buildings cannot be underestimated. Factors such as rain, snow and heat will may affect the way a structure is designed. A skilled architect will be able to guide you on what’s best for your structure in terms of the climate you live in.
The price rates are usually equivalent to wages: Some Liverpool 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. The cost of a building, house or room is extremely difficult to predict from the get go. A multitude of factors including the size of the project, geographical location and the complexity of the task will determine the price. In most cases, the final quote can only be given after the project is fully completed, as changes may need to be made along the way, resulting in extra costs.
They know where to get the best materials: Whether you’re going for a modern architectural feel or something a little more classic and traditional, an architect will be able to find you quality materials that will help breathe life into your dream home. They may also be able to get you some great discounts on essentials like concrete, steel and textiles.
They have contacts for suitable sub contractors: Architects have a close working relationship with subcontractors. An architect’s directory is vast and will make a huge difference when it comes to hiring the best in the business. While the architect will handle the aesthetic side of things, a skilled contractor will be able to manage a construction project and stay within schedule and budget. Alternatively, you can find subcontractors such as home builders, kitchen planners and carpenters on homify’s easy to navigate website.
Price per m2: On average, it starts with a base cost of around £800-900 per m2. Thereafter, other costs like architect, QS, land surveys, demolition, clearance, substructure, services, project management, S106, NHBC & building control is taken into account. Also, one has to add the cost of extra fittings and equipment such as kitchen appliances and TVs. Lastly, a further 5-10% needs to be added for contingency.
Average size of a house in Liverpool: While information for the average house size in Liverpool is not readily available, in the UK, the average house size is relatively small at 76 m2 (818 ft2)
Legal and illegal aspects: the following rules apply:
Floors, certain walls and doors must be structurally able to resist the effects of a fire for a specified period of time, usually 30 minutes in a typical domestic situation.
An automatic smoke detection system must be included to give early warning of a fire
The structural adequacy of a new floor has to be designed and checked to ensure it can safely supports the new loads placed upon it, without suffering collapse or excessive deflection.
Ventilation is essential to most room areas to prevent unpleasant living conditions.
Provision of suitable insulation to the lofts ceiling and floor must be provided.
Certain roof space layouts and roof construction types require careful consideration of ventilation and vapour check barrier provisions.
Taxes: For building a new home, one has to pay a tax called Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). You do not have to pay any stamp duty if you purchase a plot for residential use for less than £125,000. 2% stamp duty is charged on the next £125,000, 5% is charged on the next £675,000 and 10% stamp duty is charged on the next £575,000.
Liverpool’s architectural style: It’s hard to put into words what the ‘style’ of Liverpool architecture is as it encompasses a variety of influences over the past 3 centuries. There are hints of Victorian, Medieval, Georgian elements, but the modern effects of the 20th and 21st century have certainly left its mark.
Best types of structure according to the weather: In Liverpool, the climate is warm and temperate, however there is high rainfall, even in the driest months. In terms of roofing, asphalt shingles and metal roofing will withstand the moisture well. Raised foundations are suitable for wet climates like Liverpool.
Materials: Since Liverpool is generally quite a wet region, it may be best to choose water resistant materials such as concrete materials for floors, bricks and moisture resistant paint.
Famous buildings in Liverpool: The city is famous for historic architecture such as the Catholic and Anglican Cathedrals, and for the Three Graces.
Public buildings: St. George’s Hall: Built in the 1800s, with a remarkable neoclassical design, St. George’s Hall is one of Liverpool’s most iconic attractions.