Do I need an architect for an extension? The benefits, and alternatives, explained

contemporary extension to barn conversion
In the case of larger and more complicated extensions an architect will be invaluable. Tim Offer Architects designed this striking extension to a previously converted barn to add space and natural light. (Image credit: Matthew Smith)

The question, 'do I need an architect for an extension?' is usually the first to be discussed when undertaking any house design project, and opinion is often divided when it comes to the answer. 

When building an extension, this is a dilemma that usually comes down to budget — bringing another service into the mix will obviously add to costs. That said, many of the professionals you will be paying to work on your extension project, from electricians to bricklayers will also add to your costs yet their input will be invaluable and you most certainly wouldn't want to be without them. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.