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Architects vs. architectural draftsmen – who should you choose?

24th Feb '16 • By Emily Ayers

There are two separate tiers of architecture, which have massive price variances – architects and architectural draftsmen. What are the differences and which is most suited to your project needs?

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There comes a time in most significant home improvement projects where the idea of hiring an architect is proposed. Particularly if you want someone else to do the construction work or you want to comply with council planning processes. There are two separate tiers of architecture, which have massive price variances – architects and architectural draftsmen. What are the differences and which is most suited to your project needs?

What is an Architect?
 

An architect draws architectural plans in regards to a building design brief. They take into account different materials, often choosing the type of brick, the roof tile and other features of the property. Their work is a creative process, but also a highly technical one, taking into consideration building laws and regulations as well as local authority planning and construction permission requirements. Architectural practices are similar to law firms and accountants, both in the way they operate and the way they charge.

What is an Architectural Draftsman?
 

An architectural draftsman does much of the same work as an architect, but their input tends to be more functional and less creative. The crucial difference is that they are not qualified to call themselves architects, yet they can still produce high quality architectural drawings for your construction team. The main difference between the two in practical terms is cost and if you have an idea of the type of construction you are looking for, this could prove a more sensible option.

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Which Choice Best Suits my Project?
 

Ultimately, the question depends on a few critical factors – namely the size of your project, your budget and how much architectural input you need. For larger projects, architects are a safer bet and they can create truly creative pieces. For smaller constructions and renovations, an architectural draftsman is generally better suited due to budget constraints and the design requirements of the project.

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