The Benefits of Choosing a Local Architect
When it comes to undertaking your own construction project, be it residential or commercial, the architect you choose to help make your vision a reality is potentially the most important relationship to get right. You need someone who not only understands what you want to achieve and how to do it from a structural stand point, but also somebody who can operate efficiently and react to unforeseen issues quickly.
We have put together a list of three reasons why we think that working with a local architect is advantageous for you and your architect.
1- Local Knowledge
Perhaps it may seem obvious, but it bears repeating; local architects have a much better knowledge of the local area. An architect in Bromley will have not only a good understanding of the specific challenges of building on north Kent land, but also a close working relationship with the local Bromley Council. This can be invaluable when applying for planning permission as your architect will know the things that typically hold up the process, and what the local council are looking to promote in their area.
2 – A Local Network
Because your architect has lots of local experience, he or she will have built up a professional network of local trusted tradesmen that will save you time and ultimately; money. They will also likely have access to discounts at local trade wholesalers that they can use to help keep your costs down. Should complications arise during construction, they will likely be able to more easily reach out to local structural engineers and more quickly solve the problem than if they had to reach out and find someone they don’t have pre-established relationship with.
Being local to the area also means that you are likely to be able to find plenty of customers who can attest to their work. In fact, you could even start there. Asking around, you're sure to find out who comes recommended.
3 – More Site Time and Face-To-Face Meetings
It might be an issue that sounds obvious to say, but it can so easily be overlooked; if your architect is local, they can spend a lot more time in person with you. This improves communication between not only the two of you, but also the architect and your construction team, which means there will be less chance for error or misunderstandings that could result in costly course corrections.
If you are looking for highly experienced and knowledgeable architects in the Bromley and the surrounding areas, here at Bluelime Home Design we have over twelve years working to achieve the dreams of all sorts of clients. We offer tailored services that can help guide you through either a particular phase (such as budgeting, planning or project management) or we can help manage your project end-to-end. Please contact us today to find out more. We will be happy to arrange a home design consultation to discuss how we might be able to help.