When do I need an Architect for Renovations?
Renovating a property can be an exciting and rewarding experience – whether you’re looking to transform your home into a functional, beautiful living space, or remodel your commercial property to increase customer appeal.
But some jobs are bigger than others, and homeowners often ask the question, “When do I need to hire an architect for renovations?”
In South Africa, architects are regulated by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP), and there are a number of scenarios where you’ll be required to work with a registered architect to ensure that your renovations meet building regulations and codes.
When are Architects Non-Negotiable?
While small-scale renovations, such as kitchen remodelling, re-tiling or waterproofing and painting, can be managed by a professional contractor, there are some instances where the services of an architect become absolutely necessary.
When considering a renovation project, it’s important to remember that each project has its own set of unique circumstances, and the need for an architect’s services may vary. We recommend you speak with a professional, honest contractor to determine whether or not an architect will be necessary for your specific project.
A Great Contractor Never Cuts Corners
An excellent building contractor can handle most small- and medium-scale projects independently, using the expertise and resources at their disposal. When it comes to larger-scale renovations, such as those mentioned above, a good contractor not only respects the rules, but recognises the value that an architect may offer to your project.
Architects Bring Expertise and Creativity to your Project
As trained and experienced professionals who specialise in designing buildings, architects understand the complexities of construction and can help you design major home changes that are not only beautiful but also functional and efficient. They will work with you to understand your current and future needs, budget, and aesthetic vision for your project, and will use their expertise to develop a plan that meets those requirements.
Architects can help you Save Money
Whether you’re adding a swimming pool, enlarging the master bedroom, or doubling the size of your house, remodelling usually involves money. However, hiring an architect for renovations can help you save money in the long run. Here’s how:
Architects ensure that your Project is Safe and Compliant
Building regulations are in place to ensure that buildings are safe for occupants and visitors. People mistakenly presume that home renovations don’t impact the structural integrity or safety of a building.
These are the common structural errors that people make when renovating a house without the guidance of a professional and honest contractor:
- Building too close to the boundary
- Removing weight-bearing walls or pillars
- Cutting costs on non-certified electrical installations
- Inadequate evaluation of the home foundation
- Building over municipal servitudes
In these scenarios, an architect can help you remodel your building within codes and regulations, ensuring that you use the services of the relevant engineers and working hand-in-hand with your contractor to ensure that none of the above occurs.
Whether it’s a home or commercial space, we recommend working with a professional building contractor who can guide you on whether or not you need an architect for renovations, as well as other specialists that you may need along the way. Being a professional building contractor, we’d love to hear from you about your home renovation ideas – get in touch with us to schedule an on-site evaluation.