Building tips from Simon King

Simon King gives you the benefit of more than thirty years’ experience with some building tips…

About architects:

  • Find a highly recommended architect
  • Interview at least three architects for your project
  • Pick their brains. They will probably all look at your project differently
  • Ask architects for a realistic time scale for you to obtain planning.

About builders:

  • Seek references from your preferred builders
  • Get at least one reference from a project which is still in progress
  • Ask your builders where their other sites are, look for sign boards and knock on doors to get verbal references

About you, the client:

  • Try to be realistic about what you are taking on and whether you should remain in your home during building works
  • Aim to get your ideas agreed as soon as possible to prevent the build being held up.