architect or engineer

Do you need an architect or an engineer?

If you are building or renovating your home, you might be wondering if you need an architect or an engineer, or both. It is a question that our domestic clients often ask us. And really, the answer comes down to the design of the home. 

Architects design buildings and the built environment, the use of the building’s space, spatial and elevational design, and they may help with planning permission.

An engineer can also design and draw your home, they may not be as creative, but the home will be functional and practical. They have an in-depth knowledge of building regulations, materials and costings. Their knowledge of the planning permission process will get your home over the line with the local authorities. 

If you are happy with a simple layout, and most homes have a simple layout, then an engineer is perfect for the job. The engineer can draw the home with design features that will give your home a beautiful aesthetic. The same is true if you are looking to renovate your home or build an extension. An engineer’s design capabilities are more than enough.

If you are looking for a more bespoke home design, an architect will be more creative. They are trained to look at how to use the space creatively. If you have a particular vision, then an architect may be the better option. You will need to work with an engineer on the build regulations and ensure site suitability.

When it comes to your home’s design, make a list of what is important to you. What do you need in the home: 

  • Do you need open plan living?
  • How many bedrooms?
  • What will be the most used rooms in the house?
  • Is this your forever home, or will you sell when you have an empty nest?

Know what you need from your home will play a big part in who you need to design your home. When you meet with engineers and architects ask for a portfolio of work, they will be able to show you homes that they’ve designed and built.

Your budget will also play a role in deciding whether an architect or an engineer is suitable for the job. Often an engineer will be the more cost-effective option, and for most homes, an engineer is ideal for the job. 

At Chancery Group, we believe in working hard to make progress in the most cost-effective manner rather than working hard to fix expensive, preventable mistakes. Our team specialises in Chartered Quantity Surveying, Cost Consulting Services, Construction Project Management Services, Project Management Surveying and Chartered Engineering Services.

We provide these services across the Republic of Ireland to a wide variety of clients in the private and public sectors, including developers, main contractors, specialist subcontractors, government agencies, religious orders, court services and commercial enterprises. To find out more about our services, contact us via email or call us on 057 935230