i have a neighbour who is an architect. i have known him for several years and we are friends.he is keen to take on the project.but as they say. should i mix business with pleasure?and i feel i am limited to his design. what is the cost of inviting an architect to my project for a consultation?

  • nicholas mccarthy

    get three architects to look at your project. never rely on one

  • Rachel Haynes

    Hi Nicholas,

    Glad to hear you are going to get an Architect involved in your project! As the previous answer says, it may be worth talking to a few architects to get an idea of what they can do and to find someone you feel comfortable working with.

    There is some information here on the RIBA website about the process of employing and working with an Architect, with a downloadable guide at the end of the page:


    In order to find an architect, you could use the ARB (Architects Registration Board) search online here:


    If you search by your address it will show you architects registered locally to you, and you can then generally find their company details to see if you think they might be suitable for your project.

    Hope that helps & good luck with your project!

  • Dominic Eves

    Also, make sure you aren’t ‘bullied’ into a certain design. It’s your project, not the architects. Have you decided on how you’ll be heating the house yet?

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