Step 1: Approaching an architect

Finding an architect that shares your vision is the first step. They should have previous experience working with designs like yours and leave you feeling completely confident in your work with them. After all, your architect is going to help you bring your dream home to life, so time spent researching the right person or company is time very well spent.

Key considerations

A good architect will design a house that works for you and the family, and will ensure your budget is used to its maximum potential. Look to the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA) for qualified and reputable architects with extensive experience in self-building.

Discuss your build with the architect to get a feel for how they communicate and manage a project – and ask them for references for projects similar in design that they’ve worked on. And remember, it all starts with a clear, thorough brief to ensure your architect understands your vision in the same way you do.

What you've already done at this stage

At this stage, you'll approach an architect and find someone who can fulfil the requirements for your dream home. We're here to be a part of each aspect of your self-build journey to help you along the way.

    What you still need to do at this stage

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    • Deuren tickVisualise and plan room layouts.

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