Jack Jarrett Architects

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I really need an architect?

If you need planning permission then it is likely that you will need an architect. Unless your project is very simple it makes sense to at least talk to an architect for advice before you get going. We appreciate employing someone to design or remodel and build your most valuable asset is likely to be a nerve racking experience, so we’re more than happy for you to contact us to see how we can help.

We offer a free consultation for prospective clients within half an hour of our Trowbridge studio, where we'll explain the processes needed to transform your idea into a built reality. For a consultations further afield, we may make a nominal charge to cover our costs. This fee is refunded however if we are subsequently appointed for your project.

What does an architect do?

Architects are highly skilled and professionally trained to turn your aspirations into reality. A key part of our job is to guide you through the design, planning and construction process, whether you are constructing a new building or adapting an existing property.

We’ll talk through your initial ideas to understand what you are trying to achieve, and work with you to develop your project brief and finalise the budget. We'll develop a number of initial proposals to see what suits you best while helping to increase your building’s value.

What should I do first?

Before contacting an architect, you should draw up a project brief. This is your wish-list for the project. Focus on what you want to achieve, noting down all your requirements and highlighting any problems that need solving. Think in terms of how you will use the space now and in the future, rather than what needs to be built.

You should also try to establish your overall budget. This will help you discuss costs upfront to ensure your dreams are attainable and avoid disappointment at a later stage.

Once you’ve considered your initial project brief and budget, it’s a good time to contact us!

Fees and Process

Our fees vary depending on the complexity of the project and the appropriate level of service required. Following on from our initial consultation, we’ll provide a breakdown of the expected services and costs for each stage of work to allow you to budget accordingly before you even appoint anyone.

We base our services on RIBA’s ‘Plan of Work’, which sets out the key stages of a construction project from conception to completion. Before we start work, we’ll itemise and agree with you full details of our services along with the terms and conditions, which will be specific to your project. Every project is unique, and we tailor our appointments to each situation to suit the needs of our clients, but we've outlined the typical services we provide here.

How much or how little you commission us is up to you – from coming up with an initial design to seeing the project through to completion. We’ll always work with you to deliver a service appropriate to your project.

Why Jack Jarrett Architects?

Architects have a very unique ability to see things from the widest possible perspective and also focus in on very small things that make the difference to your project. As a small practice, we pride ourselves in delivering a highly personable service to our clients, closely working with them to deliver projects tailored to their specific brief and context.

We can come up with unexpected solutions, ensure consideration is given to whole life costs and maintenance expenditure, and we can guide you through a whole range of processes – from coming up with an initial design to seeing the project through planning and construction to completion.

As an accredited RIBA Chartered Practice, we comply with strict criteria covering insurance, health and safety and quality management systems.

How do I get started?

Still not sure where to begin? Call us for a chat on 01225 800688 or email us at studio@jackjarrett.co.uk - we’re always happy to talk through an idea and see where we might be able to help you.