architecture tips

Architecture Tips….

Identify who will be the primary contact with the architect, contractor, and others involved
in designing and building your project. It is good to have one point of contact to prevent
confusion and mixed messages.

 Involving an architect early on in a project can actually save you time and money. They will
offer you a range of options and discuss with you the most economic and appropriate design
for your requirements.

 Even on small projects, such as a kitchen extension or an attic conversion, working with an
architect can make a big difference, as they will find solutions that will realise the full
potential of your home.

 Upgrading of windows to improve the thermal performance and reduce heat loss, also
known as U-values. For example, upgrading an existing sunroom or conservatory with triple
glazing can ensure that it can be used all-year- round.

 Remodelling your home for better orientation to benefit from light. Your architect may
recommend changes to the layout or opening up a south-facing wall to benefit from
sunlight, also known as passive solar gain.

 Make sure that the property is sufficiently open to receives the natural light. Ask your
architect to give options and costings for access to more sunlight such as larger windows,
roof lights and sun-rooms.

 Make sure that the house a Protected Structure and get the advice of a Conservation
Architect if you are planning any changes

 First floor rooms can be more than just bedrooms. Using a bright upstairs room in winter
might be just the thing to help you through dark days.

 Upgrading of windows to improve the thermal performance and reduce heat loss, also
known as U-values. For example, upgrading an existing sunroom or conservatory with triple
glazing can ensure that it can be used all-year- round.

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