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What to consider before meeting with your architect

You’re about to embark on the planning of a new extension or renovation of your home. You’ve checked all the credentials of your chosen architect and have a meeting set up – things are underway!

If you aren’t quite sure what you should prepare before you meet with your architect, we have some pointers for you.

Architects plans

  • To begin, have a simple brief in mind (better still, write it down) – if all you do is prepare a sentence or two which sums up what you want to achieve, you’re already on to a good start.
  • Don’t forget the background – Where are you now? – make sure your architect is clear on the starting point and what’s not currently working for you. Have your existing floor plans at the ready to use when talking this through.
  • Don’t be shy about budget – your architect can only make the best recommendations with the full picture. Share your overall total budget for your project.
  • Consider what you want with your lifestyle in mind – our homes can really define how we live, so it’s really important to consider what you want your home to ‘do’ for you.

How do you envisage enjoying the space, with whom and when?

This is where you need to consider things like natural light too – do you want to be able to enjoy an early morning coffee with the morning’s rays or are you one to soak up the remnants of the day’s light later on? See more below on light specifically.

  • Be clear on the must and must-not, the likes and dislikes – and give visual examples – it’s really important to know what you really have your heart set on and what would count as a disaster. Research and use images to show your architect exactly what you do and don’t want, so things don’t get lost in translation.

What about when it comes to light?

  • Understand where natural light falls across your home and garden – then use your existing floor plans and this knowledge when talking through potential options with your architect.

  • Lifestyle goals – We touched on this above – how do you want to spend your time in your new living space?If this is a kitchen dining extension, which will act as a hub of the home and a space for entertaining, then you will want to let in as much natural light in as possible to keep the space bright and full of energy. For extra-large spaces, our Modular rooflights are a great option and can include opening roof windows for added ventilation.
  • Do a little research into any ‘must-haves’ – As you’re pouring over Pinterest and diving into Home & Garden to pick out examples of what you do and don’t like, it’s well worth doing a little more digging to understand the pros and cons if you have set your heart on something you’ve seen.For example, if you’re looking to become more eco-friendly, have you checked general thermal efficiency ratings of rooflights or bi-fold doors you really want? (Granted, it might not be the most interesting part of planning and design, but a little swotting up can save you time and ultimately, money.)
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for less ‘traditional’ ideas – Internal glazing – love it! Wrap-around, floor-to-ceiling window – amazing! If it won’t work, then your architect can soon tell you but don’t be coy about pushing for something a little different to bring in that extra natural light.

Take a look at our gallery for some rooflight inspiration before you meet with your architect and do get in touch if you want more detail on any of our products.

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AshleyNicholson

perfect , elegant and simple which is what we wanted. looks good. Builders told me easy to fit and fiiting instructions were appreciated as they were very clear

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AsifAhmed

Excellent service, I had a few questions regarding installation and these were answered very quickly, very happy to recommend EOS!

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Very happy with the service on time no delays

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Anonym

Quick delivery and great product

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SeanOwen

Looks great. Very solid, good quality. Service was wonderful, delivered in a couple of days as promised

Posted 3 months ago

Andy

We purchased a flat roof light last year and we're so glad we did. It's made such a difference to the light we get into the room and looks amazing too. Top product and great results. Our builder was impressed with it too and how quickly his question was answered when he was installing it.

Posted 3 months ago

Anonymous

As part of my build project I researched many companies looking for good quality skylights and a company that could offer both opening and fixed skylights. EOS fitted all my requirements. Both Elliot and Chris were consummate professionals in dealing with my queries and ensuring I got my delivery on time. The skylights were solidly constructed and we love them. The only thing I will say is that if you order a bespoke size, make sure you can wait 6 weeks from order to delivery.

Posted 3 months ago

IanGriffiths

Very pleased with rooflights . Easy to fit . Great communication both when ordering and delivering. Would definitely buy again.

Posted 4 months ago

PeterJaggard

Brilliant company to work with, always ready to assist, and very good communication. Excellent product, of great quality and looks brilliant, well pleased. Thanks to all at EOS

Posted 4 months ago

MadeleineBradbury

Delighted with our rooflights. EOS did everything they said they would do when they said they would do it. We were a bit nervous about doing our own fitting but we got precise, practical instruction diagrams and all went very smoothly

Posted 4 months ago

JeffereySmith

Excellent rooflights and easy to fit

Posted 5 months ago

AndrewHamilton

Excellent product, delivered on time. Would certainly use this company again,

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Anonymous

Rooflights are high quality and fixing instructions clear.

Posted 5 months ago

PaulSeabright

A great product. The speed and efficiency of the online purchase and then the delivery of the items made the process a hassle free pleasure that is all to rare these days.

Posted 5 months ago

KevinTimmins

From ordering to receiving our rooflight everything went great, we built the upstand ourselves from the drawings supplied and the light fitted perfectly. Excellent product at a great price. Wish everything on our extension went that well. 5 stars all round.

Posted 5 months ago

ShafiqCaan

Hi, excellent service and they added solar control without additional charge.

Posted 6 months ago

Anonymous

Clearly a top quality roof light which is beautifully made. I looked at several manufacturers and the EOS had the best insulation among those I looked at. The frame is substantially made and the glass perfectly set into it. It was really simple to fit and the superb drawings allowed me to construct the kirb with confidence and accuracy. Delivery was fast and the unit well supported and protected on a pallet.

Posted 6 months ago

Jeremy

Very impressed with dealing with EOS, great quality product, courteous and good communication which helped make my decision to purchase the 2 Roof lights I needed from them. Thanks for your help.

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Michael

Roof lights turned up day we asked for van driver was very helpful and in position look great !!!

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Joe

Great product and customer service

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Ray

I was really pleased with the quality of the roof lanterns I ordered 2mt x 1mt and 1.5mt x 1mt. We have all heard the old saying you only get what you pay for and this product is spot on ,great build quality would highly recommend

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