For the majority of people their home is their biggest single investment. Whether you are looking to extend your existing family home, restore an old property or build a new one, it makes commercial sense to employ an architect to assist and guide you through the building process. When you appoint a professional architect you can be certain that you are employing an experienced specialist who has undertaken years of rigorous training and has been through the building process numerous times.

Expert skill and experience An architect, with expert skill and experience, will unite all the elements of a project and create a building that is simultaneously functional and aesthetically beautiful. The creativity, attention to detail and professional advice of an architect can be invaluable to the success of any building project. From suggestions on how to make the best use of space and light, to the selection of fittings, the use of various materials and the design of fixtures, professional input can give even the smallest of projects the wow factor.

Manage But architects do not only deal with design; they also manage the building process on your behalf. An architect can assist you through the difficulties of the planning process, the obstacles of building regulations, obtain competitive quotes from contractors, deal with the builders, and even run the project to ensure your intended plans are turned into reality.

Necessity Needless to say, when planning a building project of any kind, commissioning an architect is not a luxury but a necessity. On a very practical level, apart from simply designing your project, an architect will: • Save you time and money by providing detailed specifications to contractors that will prevent misunderstandings at the building stage. • Help you see the bigger picture (such as potential future requirements of your building). • Ensure management of your project from site selection to project completion. • Enable you to design a building that is visually pleasing and economical, functional and safe. • Ensure that the building provides for the needs of all who use it. • Safeguard the long term value of the property. • Ensure compliance with the building regulations.

Maximise your investment In short, employing an architect will enable you to take advantage of their training, skills and imagination in order to maximise your investment and create an experience that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Your relationship with your architect is very important, so it is crucial to find someone you are confident you can work with. Your architect needs to be someone who listens to you, you feel at ease with and who will perform an outstanding job. You need to be sure of their creativity and ability to get things done, as well as your ability to work together. Good architecture needs collaboration and dialogue to achieve a functional building that fulfils your needs, lives up to your expectations, turns your house into a home and increases the value of your largest asset.

At M2S Architects, we offer a collaborative working relationship. As a personalised boutique practice, we are committed to supporting, informing and providing a hassle-free building experience that will leave you feeling empowered, understood, involved, and a proper partner in the transformation process – from worn-out to WOW!