Some believe they don't need an architect when building a home because it's just four walls and a roof. However this is a myth. Architects help property owners think about how a building functions. We are expert problem solvers who can be very helpful when deciding and thinking about how a building should function. We can design a home that is flexible enough to grow with a family or one that is inexpensive, energy efficient, and fully accessible for retirees on a fixed income.
Architects are too expensive: People also sometimes believe that architects are an unaffordable luxury, but in fact, architects can save you money in many ways. We can manage your budget. We can reduce energy and maintenance costs, avoid costly refinements after construction, and find ways for you to do some parts of the project yourself. While it's true that some architects charge high fees, we do offer affordable services. Hiring us can save you money in the long run by helping you avoid costly mistakes and by making smart design decisions.
Architects are only concerned with aesthetics: While aesthetics are certainly very important to us in architecture, we also prioritise functionality, safety, and sustainability. We work with clients to create buildings that are not only beautiful but also meet their needs and respect the environment.
Architects only work on large-scale projects: While we work on large-scale projects like commercial buildings and public spaces, we also work on residential projects of all sizes. Whether building a new home or renovating an existing one, we can help you create a space that meets your needs and reflects your style.
Architects are not necessary for small projects: Even small projects can benefit from the expertise of an architect. Small projects can be the most complicated. We can help you optimise your space, create efficient layouts, ensure your project complies with planning and help you win planning permission.
Architects are difficult to work with: While some architects may be difficult to work with, we are collaborative and communicative. We work with clients to understand their needs and preferences and strive to create a design that meets their goals.
All you need is a builder or contractor: Firstly, if you go directly to a builder, you will miss out on the most critical design stage of your project. Architects are actually the only building professional who can guide you through the entire building process. We can serve as your agent, look out for your interests, and ensure the contractor builds what you want. Few people realise how complicated it is to build. The architect is the construction professional with the education, training, experience, and vision to guide you through the entire design and construction process, from helping you define what you want to build to helping you get the most for your money.
Lastly, some people think that architects just do planning. But architects can do so much more! We can do renovation, energy analysis, site selection, interiors, cost analysis, construction and construction management. We can design a porch, a skylight, or an entire house. We can adapt an old building to new use, make a building safe for occupancy, and fit a building to a difficult site.
These myths can be problematic because they can prevent homeowners from seeking out the expertise of an architect or make them wary of working with one. It's important to understand the value architects can bring to a project and to work with an architect who prioritises your needs and goals.