Before you even begin approaching architects, you will need to have a brief in place. An architect will want to know what you’re looking for so that they can determine whether they are interested in taking the project on. You don’t need to have a list of everything you want to be set in stone, but an idea on the following would be useful to steer your architect in the right direction. The list could include the following; the number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, architectural styles you would like, materials you favour and finally are you after an open plan arrangement. When it comes to finding an architect for your project, one of the easiest ways to do this will be simple Google search, targeting your local area. Social media is another good source. Instagram is teaming with architects and designers to showcase their work. If you happen to find any you like then they’re likely to have their contact details on these platforms where you can get in touch – RIBA (The Royal Institute of British Architects) has a useful find an Architect tool to help you along with your search. Alternatively, it would also pay for you to get in touch with the local area you’re building near and see if you can spot any homes which you like. There is no harm in asking the owner who carried out the work on the property. The benefit with a local architect will also mean they are familiar with the design of the homes which suit the vernacular, might be friendly with the local planning authority who might also go on to recommend local builders who they’ve worked on projects with before. Once you have found a selection of architectural firms, invite them round to the site and meet with you to discuss your project. Ideally, you will need to interview at least four architects to see what design proposals they can come up with, judge if you will be able to work together and get on and see whether they can produce the kind of home you are after, and also you’ll be able to gauge a greater understanding of whether your dream home is realistic and affordable.