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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 on table

  • 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.

modern kitchen with crittle doors and large rooflight

  • 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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273 Reviews

Jonathan Tregidga Buyer at Legacy

At Legacy we design and build quality homes and properties. A Key part of this is to have a product that fits the bill and EOS rooflights have never failed to impress us on the quality of the item and the staff at the office also never fail to impress. If you need a fixed rooflight then you could do far worse than go with these guys.

Posted 4 days ago

DH construction

The help on the information on there roof lights is brilliant product quality and packaging is really good tooWould recommend Great all round company

Posted 1 week ago

Bob

Great customer service and fantastic product. Delivery and communications were excellent. Competitive pricing and manufactured to the exact sizes we supplied. Roof light looks amazing in our hallway. Would certainly recommend this company.

Posted 1 week ago

Janet

I researched several roof lights and found that Chris Higgins and his colleagues at EOS provided the best technical advice and were happy to address my questions quickly. I purchased the roof light in September 2021. It was very heavy and there were issues with the delivery schedule which was stressful due to the additional manpower I needed to offload etc. EOS customer service did address the issues and I am delighted with the quality of my new roof light. I would like to thank Chris, Natalie, and the team for their help.

Posted 5 months ago

BrianHowarth

We are very happy with both the product and the service we received from the company. The roof light is of excellent quality at a competitive price and the customer service was excellent. It is always good to be able to contact a company once you have ordered a product and this was certainly the case with EOS Rooflights Ltd. Unlike a number of other companies we have had to deal with during our building project.

Posted 7 months ago

DaveRafferty

Great product and excellent service from EOS

Posted 7 months ago

JohnWalsh

I sent in the order for the roof light and received delivery in 4 weeks, at the moment anything that includes glass is taking ages so I was surprised when it turned up on time.

Posted 7 months ago

AndyHill

We have used EOS Rooflights on a couple of projects now and will continue to do so. The quality of the frame which is welded, and the glass connection, is second to none, and this makes for a trouble-free installation. Hillbuilt Construction

Posted 7 months ago

DanielRogers

I did a lot of shopping around when trying to find the right product for our extension roof and the EOS Flex electric stood out in terms of price and overall quality. The ordering and delivery process was fantastic (within a week it was with me) and it took less than an hour to install. Really happy with the quality and finish so wouldn't hesitate in recommending to anyone looking for similar

Posted 9 months ago

SandraSanderson

over the moon fits like a glove , excellent service, and delivery

Posted 9 months ago

StevenJohnson

Fast friendly services. Top quality product. I am 100% confident when I recommend EOS rooflights to my clients.

Posted 9 months ago

MarkLaws

We are very pleased with our EOS Rooflights Our Builder was also very impressed with the quality and will use them in future

Posted 11 months ago

AlexanderWhite

Im very happy indeed. Instructions were clear, it went on a treat and looks great.It was a pleasure dealing with you, I shall recommend you

Posted 11 months ago

Anonymous

Very helpful customer service

Posted 11 months ago

JustinGourley

Most importantly of all, a great product - smart and clean design - looks superb. Service was excellent, very responsive - addressing questions quickly and adapting the design as needed. Fully recommend

Posted 1 year ago

Anonymous

We have had very good service from you delivery on time and fitting very easy.We are now enjoying the benefits of having the room flooded with light.Many thanks

Posted 1 year ago

KateAllen

EOS where very helpful throughout, the pricing was competitive with all the quotes we received and the walk-on rooflight was exceptionally well made. We prepared the opening using EOS details and plans and it came exactly as described and fitted perfectly (this seems obvious but surprisingly doesn't always happen). I would 100% use them again and would recommend EOS to others without hesitation. I am extremely pleased with the finished rooflight and it looks brilliant installed. My contractor said it was perfect and came exactly as described too, so good all round.No pictures at present but can provide later! It looks fab!

Posted 1 year ago

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Posted 1 year ago

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

Posted 1 year ago

AsifAhmed

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

Posted 1 year ago

NicoVatnikaj

Very happy with the service on time no delays

Posted 1 year ago