Missing the Architect :-(

We decided a while back to stop the services from the Architect due to costs. That leaves the builder with a lot of power and me needing to get to grip with learning the technical side of the build.

The builders made out it was an easy build and they could handle, however, it clearly has not been as easy as they initially thought. After talking to a few experienced people about the subject they all had the same opinion, “All builders think they know best and they are the dog’s bollocks”. It’s important to keep this in mind when tendering to builders and not be fooled by the builder’s spiel. Stick to the details of the build. This is where the architect is handy. A good architect knows when the contractors know what they are talking about and if the calculations make sense. It’s worth having an architect onboard to help in this process.

I also miss asking the architect for advice. The build would have progressed further to date if the architect was still onboard as they would have checked the build at certain stages and made sure the builder had the materials needed to schedule.

I’m still in touch with the architect for situations where I’m really stuck.

Here’s an example of how the architect can think out of the box. It’s based on the article ‘Panic Button‘.

I messaged the architect asking how we can resolve the depth issue for the kitchen units and counter to fit between the window and wall. We were short of the 60cm needed. Ideally, we really we needed the depth of 65cm.

The architect replied with an easy fix.

‘You bring the plaster in so you don’t see the frames of the windows internally…you only have to do it to the large Windows, you can do the bay if you want’

Make the windows frameless.

scetch sent in what’s app

Frameless window design

Brilliant Idea. One I would never have thought off.

Architect Details

Company Name: Edite

Tel: 0208 133 7446

Website: http://www.edite.co.uk/

 

Freeze

There seems to be another freeze on the build. There’s been no work for over a week as the builder waits for the steel to arrive. The suppliers do all the fabrication as requested by the builder. We met the engineer on the 18th Sep to go through sections the contractors were unsure of. The engineer explained in detail to the builder and he seemed to understand. Fingers crossed it’s measured correctly as it’s a big part of the cost for our project. For the record, this should have been completed at least one month ago. It’s another reason why it’s worth having an architect involved if it’s your first time as they would have overseen the project needs in advanced.

Update: Changes to the First Floor Layout

We have made changes to the internal layout of the first floor. The good thing is once you have your plans finalized and given the go ahead, you’re able to make amendments to the internal layout as long as it’s not changing the look of the property. You must also consider building regs when making changes, e.g. you can’t move the stairs location, change the head height from the stairs, etc.

Below shows the old and new plan for the first floor. We had a big debate regarding having an en-suite. At the end, I’m glad we have it (I always wanted it). We managed to convince a certain someone by stating that an en-suite adds value to the property and explained scenarios where an en-suite will be ideal, e.g. kids using both bathrooms, wanting to be ready before the guests, etc.

Old

First Floor without changes

New

First Floor with changes

Proposed Plans

Here are the Architects proposed plans. These are the plans we agreed to go with. I will upload the other proposed plans at some point. We were super impressed with the plans. The living spaces are well defined giving every room a purpose. Our biggest problem before was that the back room had no real purpose. Hopefully, with this plan, our problem will be solved.