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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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243 Reviews

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 2 days 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 3 days 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.

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ShafiqCaan

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

Posted 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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.

Posted 3 weeks ago

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

Posted 1 month ago

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

Posted 1 month ago

Richard

I always get my sky lights from EOS. They are reliable, friendly and very good quality. There technical help is invaluable. Richard Abbey Building

Posted 1 month ago

Andy

We recently bought an opening roof light 1 metre x 1500 and a fixed roof light 1 metre x 1500 and we have found EOS Rooflights very competitive in price and of high quality also technical advice was very good.

Posted 1 month ago

Nicola

In the middle of Covid 19 lockdown they were able to advise, honestly estimating the future timing of delivery. I had to wait, which was not surprising, but their service was very personal.

Posted 1 month ago

Paul

Very good quality flat roof windows , good seling-advice service , fast delivery.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Ordered my roof light well in advance of delivery date And it arrived on the pre arranged date. The item came with fantastic fitting instructions and requirements, a pleasure to fit. I’ll be recommending these products to future clients. Nice to see great design and ease of fitting with a sales and delivery service to back it up.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Quotation was prompt, the technical questions I asked were promptly replied to by the team and when the order was placed, I was kept updated with progression and delivery date. My non-standard delivery request (by hiab lorry to off load) was handled well and I would recommend if you don't have a team of burly builders as the window and upstand (mine was 3.2m x 1.3m) is exceptionally well made, robust and very heavy!

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

EOS Rooflights provided two high quality rooflights which were well well made (when compared to others I have seen), with good customer service from Elliot and Chris including drawings and installation advice. The delivery company were however a disappointment, using a lorry which was too high for the builder to safely unload from, and a driver who couldn't be less bothered. EOS recognised this and offered compensation.

Posted 1 month ago

Iona

Excellent all round. Very happy with the rooflights and the excellent customer service and follow up care. Happy to recommend EOS!

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Sharon

Good communication from the very beginning , helpful and informative to help us find the most suitable rooflights for our project. Items arrived as scheduled and was of expected quality. Won't hesitate to recommend .

Posted 1 month ago

Simon

I was extremely pleased with my rooflight and the service I received

Posted 1 month ago

Matt

We bought rooflights through EOS for a project in London. They were easy to install and look great and we had no issues.

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