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Category: Building a New Home

  1. How to Choose an Architect

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    After finding and buying your perfect building site, one of the most significant decisions you’ll make in your home building project is choosing an architect. 

    But what are the first steps to take to ensure you find an architect who can design your dream home. 

    Are you Experienced?

    The first thing to make sure when choosing an architect is to ensure that they are qualified, experienced and accredited. All architects must be registered with the Architects Registration Board, by law, so make sure you shortlist an Architect who is registered.

    This guarantees a certain basic standard of work, and means they will have professional indemnity insurance in case anything goes wrong and you need to pursue compensation

    I Like Your Style

    Architect practices come is all shapes, sizes and styles, from traditional approaches to ultra modern and they may specialise in certain types of build or materials. If you know what overall style you are looking for then is should help narrow down your choice. 

    The Cost of a Dream

    Its always worth remembering that the cheapest options may not be the best and its important that you speak to your architect about what costs are involved. 

    A good portion of your budget will be spent on designing your home, and being clear and upfront about your budget with your Architect is important for them to be able to plan your project and respect the limits of your budget.

    Finding Your Way

    The Architects Registration Board have a list of questions to ask your architect when you meet them for the first time, you can find out more here:

    And the Homeowners Alliance offers practical advice for Finding an Architect here:

    At Carey Developments Ltd we are well known for our superb quality new build developments across Co Tyrone but we also offer Design & Build, Architectural Services, New Build, Residential & Extensions. Contact us any time to discuss your new project or dream home. 

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  2. Buying Land to Build a House in Northern Ireland

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    If you stumble across the right site or you are gifted a piece of land to build your dream home on then you are a part of the lucky few! Most of those who are starting their new build journey will have to spend many days or weeks, perhaps years hunting down the right plot of land. 

    If you are at the very start of beginning to search for your perfect site, there’s a few tips to get you started.