What you need to know about working with an architect and designing, planning and managing a successful build

Getting Started Guide

We’ve put together this pack to give you information that will help you when you’re thinking about starting building work on your home. You’ll find it useful if you’re planning to commission an architect. You’ll find it equally useful if you are planning to do the work yourself.

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More resources you might find useful

Our website has plenty of information to help you if you’re thinking about a building project and working with an architect.

We’ve pulled together a few key resources here.

You’ll find reflections from a few of our previous clients on their experiences of working with an architect on a building project. There are five must-read articles on some of the key aspects of building projects. You can read the stories of some of our clients’ home extensions. Finally, there’s a link to RIBA’s guide to working with an architect and an article looking at some of the legal requirements when carrying out building work.

Our clients’ reflections on the process of building

What it’s like to work with an architect in general and Communion Architects in particular.

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The process of working with an architect

This audio visual guide features one of our clients talking about why she chose to work with an architect on her project and what it was like to work with one.

RIBA’s guide to working with an architect

This really useful guide from RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) looks at whether you will really need an architect, the things to think about before contacting an architect, the process of working with an architect and more.

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Legal requirements when carrying out building work

This Health and Safety Executive leaflet introduces the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and outlines your legal duties if you are having maintenance, small-scale building work or other minor works carried out.

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Explore Our New Builds & House Extensions Portfolio

A New Home in the Worcestershire Countryside

An Inspiring Link Extension in Herefordshire

A Reconfiguration of an Edwardian Herefordshire Home

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