Alternative options to working with an architect

Working with an architect is undoubtedly a huge advantage, but the reality is that the vast majority of self-builds in the UK are undertaken without an architect. But don’t worry, there are other options out there to suit your self-build project.

So, what are they?

There are many designers who don't have a qualification but are nonetheless highly skilled at laying out beautiful homes. These talented amateurs may be trained in other related fields, such as structural engineers and surveyors.

Experienced builders also offer design and build services. This is similar to a package build, but the difference is the design is not off-the-shelf but tailored to your requirements.

Computer-aided design (CAD) programmes allow you to design your home in 3D. They can be simple to use and are a good way of adding depth to your plans, but you will still likely need an expert to translate the designs into something more tangible.

Estimating services such as Build Aviator will help you explore alternative options to using an architect, ensuring you have the right expertise for your self-build project. Build Aviator works with a variety of suppliers such as Pasquill that can advise on roof trusses.



Did you know?

Some kit house providers have in-house architects such as Scotframe which can provide house type drawings for planning. You can select from a comprehensive range of house styles plus, they can submit drawings to your local authority on your behalf.

Suppliers such as Scotframe manufacture full timber frame house packages for self-builders, giving you the freedom to completely customise your new home to suit your individual taste and lifestyle, down to the smallest detail.