An architect can help with designing and planning your home extension. Unless you want a simple, basic extension with no bells and whistles then go ahead and do it yourself. However, in most cases, an architect is essential. An extension costs a lot of money after all – it deserves professional attention. Not only that but an architect will be able to keep you up-to-date with architectural trends, provide ideas you’d never considered before, and produce drawings necessary to show your local authority Building Control and Planning teams. An architect will also have contacts within the industry to help you access specific materials you would like to use.