Self-build inspiration

So you have finally settled on that perfect plot of land and have started brainstorming a vision for your ideal self-build. Wait a minute!

Although the temptation to do as much on your own as possible is admirable, we have often found that it is risky business that can be devastating in the long run. Instead, we recommend hiring an architect to ensure you get the most out of your project. The team at Design for Me recently met up to discuss 5 specific reasons that you should consider hiring an architect before starting the development of your new dream home:

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1.   Your self-build architect will….

construct designs that cater to your specifications, style, and budget that are presented in the brief.  You will no longer have to settle for cut-and-paste house plans. With your own architect, you can work together to turn your unique vision into a reality. Self-build architects cater to the individual needs of your project, and possess experience with a vast number of building styles and construction techniques. All architects registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have the ability to prepare scale drawings and often 3D models of the proposed self-project. This information will be presented to you in design development meetings. This ensures you’re getting exactly what you want before building work starts.

Innovative self-build

Design for Me Architect Corin, and his breathtaking new build


2.   Your self-build architect will….

ensure that you are in compliance with all statutory obligations such as planning permission, party wall agreements and building regulations. Your architect will have extensive knowledge and experience to guide you through the application processes when obtaining these permissions.


Self-build inspiration

Fabulous new build by Felix, Architect on Design for Me


3.   Your self-build architect will….

aid you in selecting the proper fittings, finishing, materials and lighting that are compatible with your lifestyle and will ultimately increase the value of your home. Furthermore, the architect can also help control costs during the design and specification stages of the project to make sure you are getting the most out of your budget.


Impressive self-build

Design for Me Architect Mark, and his gorgeous new build


4.   Your self-build architect will….

oversee the project to completion, helping to control the programme and costs during the build process. Your architect can also help you select the right builder and arrange and administer your contract with them. This contract will ensure the building work is being done in accordance with the drawings and specifications to a predefined time-frame and cost.  The architect will make regular inspections and issue certificates for completed work so you will only ever pay for the work that has been done. In addition, an architect can coordinate with various consultants and engineers to ensure all parties are on the same page throughout the project.


Beautiful self-build

Bright lights emphasise the beauty of this new build by Andy, Architect on Design for Me


5.   Your self-build architect will….

solve various construction issues that may arise as the project develops. Specifically, your architect will be able to prepare change orders that are necessary when there are deviations from the original plan.  

Colourful self-build inspiration

Innovative new build from Design for Me Architect, Jamie



All architects are required to hold professional indemnity insurance. So if there is anything in the design work which causes problems later down the line, you will be protected under their insurance.

If you have any comments or need some advice in finding an architect, please drop us an email on and we’ll be happy to offer some advice!


Finding the right architect

The key to a successful self-build is good research and planning and it’s wise to get your architect involved as early as possible to help with this. Choosing the right architect for your self-build is a critical first step,  but we know that finding the right one can be a bit of a minefield. This is exactly why I set up this website in the first place! Register your project below and we’ll help you to find the right person for your project in no time…


Emily  Design for Me


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