How to make the most of your architect
1 Ask for recommendations from homeowners who have used your architect.
2 Don't clean up for the architect's first visit to your home. They want to identify your needs: Underpants on all the radiators = need for a laundry room!
3 Be clear to the architect about what you want more of, eg, light/storage/ floorspace.
4 Talk to your architect about your budget.
Your architect can administer the building contract fairly, ensuring that the contractor builds what they are being paid to.
5 The architect can also specify materials, supervise the building and certify that they are in accordance with building regulations.
6 Our movements in our home tend to be hardwired but be open to the fact that just because the kitchen has been on a particular wall for 10 years, it doesn't have to stay there.
7 The simplest of tweaks can be effective -- an increase in lighting levels and the reconfiguration of space can revolutionise your home life.
8 If you are uneasy about an element of the design tell your architect. It may just need clarification but the worst thing would be to stand in a built project with regrets.
9 Consider maintenance. If you're not into polishing, then a high-gloss kitchen with black granite worktops is not for you.
10 Bespoke fitted furniture can give a sense of spaciousness and despite popular perception, it need not cost the earth.