Why Use an Architect?
Why use an architect? Whether you are planning to renovate your office or school, or design dream homes from scratch, architects are one of the first people you employ when you start a new project. There are a few reasons that stand out as to why one might use an architect- to assist with planning permission, to do the technical drawings and to manage the whole process.
However, architects are more than what meets the eye. Here are just a few reasons why one may choose to use an architect.
Architects help to compliment the surroundings
Whether it is a new private house or an affordable housing development, houses should sit well within its natural surroundings. Architects can design aspirational homes that look like they’ve always been there. We have approached this in our projects by making the new landscape sit comfortably within its rural surroundings.
The Collyweston affordable housing development is located on a rural exception site. To maintain the village aesthetic, the materials used were predominantly buff/brown bricks to harmonise with the local brick.
Architects can inspire you with ideas you might not have considered
The design process is a creative journey where different ideas are suggested to turn your aspirations into reality. Through open discussions between clients and architects, new and unique ideas can flourish.
We collaborated with students when designing the Walton High School restaurant. Open discussions led the interior to reflect the identity of the school and the pupils.
Architects can work with challenging sites
Often with rural housing developments, the sites are located in the greenbelt. Architects are able to give solutions and designs that reduce environmental impact and create sustainable spaces for innovative homes.
The Keyte Gardens affordable housing development site is classified as green belt. a landscape masterplan was created to ensure the development conserves and enhances the well-wooded environmental character of the area and blends into the village. The plan included planting a 2.4-hectare woodland area of native broadleaf trees along the eastern boundary. Village school children helped to plant the trees which will be kept watered by draining the surface water from the development.
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