When is an Architect Required?
If you’re attempting a construction project, home renovation or building extension, you might be asking yourself if an architect is required for your project.
When your construction project requires a building permit or when you want to ensure quality work or when the surface area of a project is very large, the services of an architect may not only be helpful but also needed.
- An architect is not compulsory for building permits
- In which cases can you do without an architect?
- What should I know before calling on the services of an architect?
- Because an architect is not compulsory, does that mean I should proceed without one?
1. An architect is not compulsory for building permits
If you desire, you can draw up plans for a house or building and apply for a building permit yourself. However, an architect knows the ins and outs of the process and may be able to obtain the permit much quicker and more easily than someone outside the business.
A building permit is required for:
- a new building
- the extension of an existing building
- the modification of a façade accompanied by a change of use
2. In which cases can you do without an architect?
You can proceed without an architect for basically any of your construction endeavours. However, this being said, the professional services an architect provides can come in handy.
3. What should I know before calling on the services of an architect?
Understand the depth of your project. Do your research and be prepared for a variety of circumstances to arise during your project. Know in detail what is needed for your renovation, building, or construction work. This includes materials needed, permits required, equipment used, and the cost of all of these things.
4. Because an architect is not compulsory, does that mean I should proceed without one?
The obligation to hire an architect is often seen as a constraint. When your construction or renovation project falls within the framework of DIY, you may be tempted to do without an architect’s services.
However, the fact that architects are not compulsory does not mean that they are not necessary. The real question is NOT "is an architect compulsory?" but "does my project need an architect?”
Building companies and tradesmen are often involved in both construction and renovation projects. Not only do architects design, but they also supervise these building companies and tradesmen and ensure site follow-up. Architects conduct all of the administrative procedures as well. They are the guarantors of the progress and quality of their projects and they ensure all requirements are completely fulfilled.
Unless you are experienced in the construction industry, calling on an architect will allow you to save precious time and delegate the follow-up of the construction site and the coordination of the workers. Having a professional to do all of this will most assuredly save you a lot of stress!
Keep in mind that an architect is also an expert in design. Even if you have a precise idea of the plans for your house or its future extension, an architect will be able to advise you and offer new ideas that will allow you to improve your initial project.
Yes, hiring an architect will cost more than if you do the project yourself, but you will probably save time, be less stressed, and be extremely pleased with the final results if you decide to go with a professional.