If you have got to the point where you are thinking about house extensions, then it may be the first time you have to deal with architects like architects for home at Ivor St, London NW1 9PL. The article below takes a look at architects in general and what sort of job they do.
Where you are most likely to need an architect is in designing a floor plan for your extension and most likely if you do employ an architect you will have a look at some of their plan s from time to time and it can be a bit of a mystery at first until you work out what you’re looking at. This is basically a diagram drawn to a useful scale size showing all the walls, rooms, doorways and other features of the building on a single level. These plans include important fittings such as washbasins, sinks, water heaters and so on, because these fixtures will normally need electrical and / or plumbing installation, which may affect the rest of the building structures. These floor plans may include additional notes on anything else important for a builder or sub contractor to follow such as construction methods, type of finish and so on.
The architect’s floor plan is very similar to a conventional geographical map in that the floor details are depicted from a bird’s eye position i.e. Directly above. The key difference is that the distance form which the details are drawn is about a metre above the floor, so that anything below that height is included, anything above the height cut off is excluded and anything which is at that level is shown in sectional view.
Similar to, but not quite so detailed, is a garden plan or garden design. These may be prepared by an architect if the garden is particularly large, but much more usually by a garden designer. The plan may even be your own! While most garden designers are experienced in horticulture and the art of designing a garden and the laying out and planting of suitable plants, some are also landscape architects. These architects will have dome more formal training and will have qualified with a university degree in their particular field. Most landscape architects will design plans for larger estates, both private and public such as local authority parks and gardens as well as country homes and hotels.
Landscape architects also draw up landscape plans. Much of the work mentioned above for local authority green areas or urban parks and estates comes under the need for landscape planning. Their work will probably go well beyond the narrow limits of park and garden design but will also involve plans of buildings and the relationship of access roads, pedestrian pathways, buildings and green spaces.
The last type of plan that involves architects to be mentioned in this brief introduction is the site plan. This might be related to the last type of plan but is usually more focused and detailed. If a site has seen recent demolition for instance and is going to be converted into a new housing estate that might include apartment blocks, pathways, new drainage, power supplies, lighting and the like, then a detailed site plan will be drawn up by specialised architects which will show the engineering and construction requirements of the new area.