contemporary steel and glass house design by 3s architects in Richmond

Should you hire an architect from concept to completion?

Reasons to hire an architect to take you from dreams to drawing board and beyond

Promotional Feature By Alice Butler | 20 September 2021

There are many ways to get the home you’ve dreamed of, but there’s a reason architects exist. Grand Designs looks at the benefits of hiring an architect to build a house, right from concept through to completion

Why you should hire an architect

While many wish to embrace the challenge of designing and project managing their own self-build project – whether it’s a new home from scratch or some work on an existing space – it’s not for everyone. There’s so much to consider in even the smallest project, from plans to materials, permissions to regulations, managing the site and scheduling the contractors.

That’s why hiring an architect to build a house can be such a lifeline. Not only do you get the design nous of thoroughly experienced professionals, but you can also get end-to-end service. It means you can call on technical expertise and attention to detail that is second nature for them, when it might not be so for you.

hiring an architect to build a house means you can have a modern glass extensions and landscaped gardens like this

Photo: 3s architects

Designing your dream

Once such practice is 3s architects, an award-winning architect based in Richmond, Surrey, that specialises in bespoke architecture. Their residential experience means that they can do as much or as little as you desire. You may just want to engage them to work up initial plans, where they’ll draw on their ability to create homes with character and a strong identity, but ones that also work in context, making the most of the surroundings.

Equally, you may want to them to handle the entire build, from feasibility studies, concepts and help with negotiating the tricky minefield of planning applications to interior design. 3s architects pride themselves on achieving planning permissions in areas and on projects where others have failed. Beyond that, they can supervise the site and administrate contracts, leaving you to get on with your life while your dream home takes shape.

modern design home with glass walls and flat roof by 3s architects in Richmond

Photo: 3s architects

Unlocking your home’s potential

One of the keys to a successful home project is the ability to take a look at the bigger picture. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a new home built in acres of land, or an extension within a cramped and busy city – 3s architects can reimagine the space for you.

Hiring an architect to build a house means experts can show you what can be achieved with the use of natural light, how to make your home flow holistically and help you consider how you use your home, and thus how to configure it. It’s a truly rewarding, eye-opening process that reveals the possibilities your new place contains.

rear of terraced house with glass extension by 3s architects in Richmond

Photo: 3s architects

To view previous projects or find out more about bespoke architecture, visit 3s architects