Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Portsmouth home architect to transform human needs and desires into visual concepts and habitable structures. When you hire an architectural designer, you are not only hiring someone for their architectural services, but also to manage and coordinate other parties involved in the project. As you search through Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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dwell design was set up in 2009 with its approach set out to bring sustainable, passionate, well-executed and... Read More
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West Hampshire | Green Architecture | Meticulous Design Quality
Sustainable, passionate, well-executed and meticulous design, we have maintained our stance of straightforward...
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  • 11 projects in the Portsmouth area
Initially set up in 2006 as Studio Lundi by Olaf Olafsson and Julia Bradburn, our aim continues to provide... Read More
Specialising in New Builds & Extensions
Experienced Architects Specialising in Extensions | Hampshire & LDN
We offer a complete service to our property clients from inception of a building project through to construction...
We strive to produce elegant homes which our clients love to live in. They are created using skilled design,... Read More
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Residential Architecture Professionals: Surrey | Hampshire | Berkshire
We use our knowledge and experience to provide a truly bespoke service to all of our clients and create...
Making your dreams come true through end to end Architectural Design Service and Interior Design. I offer a full... Read More
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RIBA Award-Winning Architectural Practice Designing Homes & Extensions
In order to exceed the aspirations and expectations of our clients, we strive for a close personal involvement in...
fiftypointeight is an RIBA chartered architectural and interiors practice specialising in residential new-build... Read More
Wiltshire based, Family-Run Architects Specialising in Luxury Homes
As an award-winning, family-run practice of architects with extensive experience designing high end homes, we...
nimtim are an approachable and vibrant young architecture practice operating across London and beyond. We take a... Read More
Design Squared Ltd are London-based architects providing a comprehensive range of professional architecture... Read More
This is your home, your future. You’ve got ideas and you see real potential. You just need help getting there.... Read More
OB Architecture is an award winning RIBA Chartered Architecture studio specialising in the design and... Read More
Our London team of RIBA-accredited architects work primarily in the residential sector in and around Central,... Read More
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FAB Architects is an architecture and design studio founded by Will Fisher and Mike Bell. With 2 decades of... Read More
We are based in London in the South East and specialise in working with private clients and home owners to... Read More
Kathy Adam at Adam Design works with London clients to design beautiful, luxury homes abroad. She specialises in... Read More
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
dwell design
Architects and Building Designers in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
"dwell design began working for us on the extension and refurbishment of our new home after the plan drawing company we had initially been recommended totally let us down. By comparison Anthony and the team were thorough, interested, passionate and knowledgeable with much appreciated attention to detail. I felt that Anthony took the time to understand what it was that we were looking for in our home and tailored the plans to suit what we really needed, coming up with a design that worked for us. The final result is all we had hoped for and more and would not have happened without all the hard work from the dwell team. They have all been a pleasure to work with."
- David Frank
Martin Ralph Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
"From beginning to end of our project Martin Ralph Architects were professional, considerate and creative. Their team were always available for advice or comment and we are 100% pleased with the final design. The finished product is a home we are proud of and which uniquely blends with the mature conservation area it sits within, yet, incorporates contemporary features that are both subtle and stunning. Visitors and public repeatedly comment on its appeal and transformation. The overall project was a product of diverse input but conceptually our architect Olaf Olafsson was the major influence and the result is testament to his ability. We never plan to move again."
- brucibaby
Des Ewing Residential Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
"We used Des and his team for a new build and renovation project in Leicestershire. From the beginning they focused on our requirements and ensured they delivered it. The building was well designed, fitted the conservation area perfectly and on budget. The DesEwing business provided a unique design that gets noticed for all the right reasons. Materials used were the best and even the choice of brick made a huge difference. We would recommend DesEwing Residential Architects without reservation. Kate Smart"
- context53
VC Design Architectural Services
Architects and Building Designers in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
"VC Design was recommended to me and I would do the same without hesitation. We contacted Veronica about drawing up plans for our ground floor extension and although conceptually we had a clear idea of what we wanted to she was invaluable in advising us how to best use the space and our options within the parameters of planning. She also contacted previous clients and arranged for us to see the work they had done, this allowed us to see first hand some of the ideas we had discussed. Veronica submitted the planning application and we have now received our approval - a job very well done."
- juliaelizabethlee
fiftypointeight Architecture + Interiors
Architects and Building Designers in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
"Angus helped us develop plans to convert our attic in our 1930's house into two additional bedrooms and a bathroom, in addition to redesigning the first floor layout. Through thoughtful design and a good understanding of our requirements he developed a number of options for us. Through close communication and a practical design application the end result is a 1930's house with fresh and modern feel to the first and second floors. I would thoroughly recommend Angus & Fiftypointeight Architecture and indeed hope to be able to use him again soon, when we tackle to the kitchen..."
- rachelorr
nimtim Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
"Nimtim were asked to help with a total refurb of a 1 bedroom Victorian flat. A collaborative process between owner and architect resulted in an open plan design maximising space, whilst respecting the character of the property. They were able to translate my ideas and expand on it, further improving the idea. Nimtim oversaw tendering and the subsequent works in a professional way, keeping the project on budget and time. The whole journey was enjoyable and with an amazing home at the end!"
- cavdoorn
Design Squared Ltd
Architects and Building Designers in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
"I have been working with Design Squared for nearly two years now as there photographer. Dealing with Design Squared is a pleasure, and i always enjoy photographing there projects. When meeting there clients, i always get great feedback on how professional they are, and the way the operate. I deal mainly with Alice, the office manager, who is always very friendly, and helps me a great deal with the specifics of each photoshoot. I would highly recommend them!"
- Chris Snook
Absolute Architecture & English Cross
Architects and Building Designers in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
"Absolute Architecture was a joy to work with. Kate Cooper and her team worked with a tiny, decrepit home, large garden and stables from 1908 and turned the property into a show piece. They were sympathetic to the original design and area while making the home user friendly and comfortable for contemporary residents. They were knowledgeable about the many local laws and guidelines and used the best local craftsmen for the renovation and addition, all in a timely, warm manner. We are so proud of our lovely home; it came out truly beautiful. Thank you Kate!"
- Leslie B
OB Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
"I have instructed OB Architecture on three major projects and can thoroughly recommend them for their design skills and client interface. One was a luxury 5,000 sf house in Henley on Thames whose design has exceed all expectations. The second a block of 9 apartments and ground floor commercial in London SE1 and the third a 9 acre site in West Berkshire upon which I hope to secure permission for a country house. The latter is ongoing The house and London project were completed satisfactorily in no small measure to Olly Bray and colleagues' skill and dedication. The practice which is young, brings a fresh and new outlook. All great stuff"
- Trevor Jenkin
Giles & Pike Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
"We hired Giles Pike Architects to help us with a complete renovation to our home (extending from two bed to four bed and completely redesigning the internal space). We wanted to make the most of the light and space we had on our small plot. From the beginning Tom and later his associate Ellen were complete professionals and were a pleasure to work with. Tom provided us with an indication of the build cost once we had settled on plans and the quotes we received were very close to his estimates. Ellen was great at informing of us of any changes that arose to the budget - in our total build unexpected costs totalled less than 1% of the build. Giles Pike themselves also came in within the agreed budget. They worked closely with the builder to ensure the project ran to time - there was a small overrun due to an issue that was encountered at the very beginning of the build - but this only set us back a month (on an 8 month build) and we knew about it from very early on. Tom and Ellen provided us with lots of ideas for not just the layout but also the finish and were willing to incorporate changes we proposed - sensitively suggesting improvements to ensure that we met our original brief. The space we have now is amazing and we love our new home. We were initially hesitant about spending additional money on using an architect. But we couldn't have been happier that we did. Completely worth the money - we definitely wouldn't have the home we have now without them and the build would have been so much more stressful. If we were doing it again we wouldn't hesitate to engage this team."
- Helen Morris
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How do I find the best Portsmouth architect for my home design project?

It is best to hire a home architect who will be involved in all phases of the design process, from the initial concept to the completed construction. The architect is often the first person you will hire for your project. If necessary, they might also help you select and hire Hampshire subcontractors, which can include the builders, engineers and landscaper. Interior architects are also involved in negotiating contracts for all involved participants. It is for these reasons that it is extremely important for you to have a good relationship with the Portsmouth residential architect you hire. He or she can be the tie-breaking vote between you and the general contractor and can be your biggest advocate during the construction process. Different architecture firms in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK provide different services, so the scope of the work can span from pre-design environmental impact studies to selecting furniture and finishes, depending on what your specific needs are.

What sort of process can I expect from a residential architect?

As far as the process goes, the architecture firm or individual that you choose will start with concept drawings and finish with construction drawings and documents. Some firms even design with 3D renderings and videos, but that should not be assumed. There should be plenty of meetings between you and your building designer until you have agreed upon a design that you are completely happy with. Always keep in mind that the designer will have building codes to follow, and likely pre-existing design limitations when dealing with a remodel, so while they might not be able to execute your exact ideas they always have your safety and aesthetics in mind. One of the most important duties of a residential architect is to serve as managers and supervise most aspects of construction, as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors, so you can expect them to be present throughout the entire building process to ensure everything is executed as planned.

It is very important to hire the right professional for the job. Remember that the most well-known or established designer might not provide the best architectural services for your needs. It all comes down to the individual project. Research and ask people whose work you like for recommendations. It's important to have somewhat of an idea of the style of house architecture that you prefer, as well as the amount you would like to spend. Residential architects in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK are natural problem solvers. They will assess the entire situation and help you to solve your problems too. Don't settle for a single company too early. Call and interview a few. Make sure that you feel like your personalities will mesh well and that you like their professional perspective.

Questions to ask prospective Portsmouth interior architects:

  • What is your fee structure?
  • What does the cost include?
  • Do you have professional liability insurance?
  • Can you handle my special requests (ADA, LEED etc.)?
  • What types of renderings (3D, video, illustrative) will you produce?
  • What is your experience with similar projects?
  • When do you expect to start and be finished with the project?
  • What do your services include? (It's best that the services are until construction is completed.)
  • What happens when the cost exceeds the budget?
  • Can you provide me with references?
  • Would you say your work has a defining style? (This is important in case the architect's personal style will interfere with your vision.)
  • Will you help with hiring a general contractor and subcontractors?
  • What do you estimate the cost will be?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any complications you foresee with this project?

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