Do you need an architect for an extension?

Having building work done on your home can be a bit of a minefield initially and a question that often pops up for having extensions built is whether or not you will need an architect…

By law, you do not need an architect for extending your home, but there are many reasons why you should still get one. Having an extension built is a large project that is probably one of the most expensive things you will buy aside from buying your home, therefore you want to make sure you are doing it right.

All architects will hold professional indemnity insurance, meaning you will have more protection. They are also held to a statutory code of practice and undertake years of training before entering the field. An architect is likely to have much more knowledge and experience than a general contractor. Generally, you are in safer hands with an architect drawing up your plans.