• October 2020

How an Architect Adds Value

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An architect doesn’t just create beautiful buildings, they add tangible value to your project. How? Read on to discover just some of the ways a good architect helps maximise your return.

“A good architect actually pays for themselves more than once. You will reap the reward and the building will be hugely better and deliver much better value for it.” - Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs.

1) Maximise light and space

A good architect understands that a building isn’t just about creating rooms, it’s about designing a space which works and has a positive effect on the people using it. Incorporating as much natural light as possible and maximising the available space are staples of any modern building and a good architect knows how to manipulate a site to make the most of both in clever ways.

2) Planning permission made easy

A local architect has in-depth knowledge of and well-established relationships with the region’s planners, giving them a unique understanding of what will and will not be possible when it comes to the design of your project. Working with an architect to develop your plans will give you the best possible chance of getting planning permission on the very first submission, saving you lots of time and money.

3) Ensure your project is compliant

Though it’s not the most exciting way an architect can help to add value to your project, ensuring it’s compliant with such things as building regulations, health and safety and insurance stipulations is one of the most important aspects of any build.

4) Your vision made into reality

Transforming your vision into reality is just the start of what a good architect can do. They have the experience, training and creative flair to see untapped potential and spot opportunities in your project, helping to make it even bigger and better than you ever thought possible.

5) Make the most of your budget

From installing an energy-efficient heating system to effective floor plans to choosing your building materials, an experienced architect will help you make all those important decisions that help you achieve the desired result within your budget.

6) Maximise the value of the build

It’s no secret that architect-designed homes and buildings are among the most sought-after on the market what with their stunning design coupled with unrivalled functionality. In fact, estate agents often lead with this fact when describing the property in their marketing. This unrivalled desirability understandably drives up asking prices and helps sell the property in no time at all.


David James Architects is Dorset’s leading architectural firm, responsible for some of the region’s most prestigious buildings. To learn more about our award-winning services, get in touch today on 01202 755633.