Why use an Architect?

A well-planned design for your abode is well worth its weight in gold. Employing the services of a professional designer or an architect - with the experience relevant to your needs and lifestyle - will pay dividends in the long-term - Craig Hutchison (CEO: Engel & Völkers)


Our team has amassed extensive experience in participating in the development of exceptional residential, commercial, industrial and health sector infrastructure projects over the last 30 years with a qualified team of professionals who collectively have over 70 years of experience in the Architectural profession and infrastructure development.


Architects are highly skilled and professionally trained to turn your aspirations into reality. They will guide you through the design, planning and construction process whether you are constructing a new building or adapting an existing property.

Creative & Impartial

Architects apply impartial and creative thinking to projects large and small. They add value, whether from maximising light and space, adding functionality, or achieving the best return on your investment. A study by The Modern House shows that a home that is well-designed can increase the sales price by 12%


Study reveals that design is a differentiator for home buyers and they are prepared to pay more for a home that has a pleasing aesthetic look and feel and that accentuates their lifestyle. So yes, good design does command a higher premium.


An architect will also make sure that plan approval with the authorities is a seamless process and includes getting the required compliance certificates. “It takes time, money and effort to get compliance certificates but it is well worth it down the line. Rather ensure that your home fits with the regulations instead of having water damage problems in years to come, for example.”

Smart Design

Architects also understand how smart design can save you money, and as a result, increase the value of your home. “Passive energy design can make significant savings on your heating and cooling costs. You shouldn’t have to switch on the air-conditioning in Summer because your house is too hot. A house should be designed in such a way that it is comfortable throughout the year. This is where passive design energy principles come into the picture. For example, a creeper planted in front of a window will prevent too much heat entering an area, whilst in winter the leaves fall and allow more sunlight through,” explains Gouws.

Healthy House

A healthy house means healthy inhabitants. A professional can help you design a home that considers both the health of the environment and the building. “Ventilation is extremely important. A house needs to act like a great big lung, so air needs to flow comfortably through it to ensure a constant circulation of clean air. The healthier the house, the healthier you are and the more you’ll get out of your investment,” says Gouws.

Big investment, best Value

Building is a big investment, so it’s important to get the best value you can. Using an architect may seem like a luxury, but it can maximise your budget and open up new possibilities. Furthermore, in terms of lifestyle experience as well as sales price, these elements will only appreciate. “If you’re considering a renovation, making an addition or building a brand new home, getting a good architect and interior designer from the start will pay dividends later,” concludes Hutchison.


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