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How to appoint an Architect

Finding an architect can seem daunting so we've made this helpful guide

1. Do some research

Ask friends and family for recommendations, look at the websites of Guernsey architects and search social media.

2. Prepare a shortlist

From your initial research prepare a shortlist of the architecture practices you prefer. You may like their design approach, their practice history or really admire their previous projects.

3. Arrange a visit

Most architects offer a free initial consultation so confirm that this is the case before arranging the visit. The architect will want to know your ideas for your property (the brief) so it's usually best to have a walk through your house and tell them your requirements or aims for the project.

Your brief doesn't have to be specific, it can be as vague as 'I want the living space to work better for my family'.

4. Fee Proposal

From this initial consultation the architects will provide you with a fee proposal for architectural services. Check that the architect has provided you with terms and conditions of the appointment and that they have sufficient professional indemnity insurance to cover your project.

Here at Grey Bear Chartered Architect we like to give our residential clients a fixed fee for our services at the end of the initial home visit. This gives you a clear idea straight away of how much to budget for the project. We also include all reasonable expenses such as printing costs.

5. Appointment Contract

Ensure you sign an appointment contract with your chosen architect. Any contract should include terms such as how much the architect will charge for their services, what services they will provide, termination of the project by the client or architect and payment terms amongst other items.

If you would like to find out more about appointing an architect, speak to Emma on 01481 235738 or email

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