Formed in 1992, the network is non-profit making and is run by its members who spend most of their professional time working with families who have not carried out a building project before. Because all the member practices are based in their own local area, they have extensive knowledge of the local authorities, other consultants who may be needed such as structural engineers and where to find the best building contractors.
To ensure a high standard of service and accountability, all member practices must have an architect in a senior position, who is also a member of the Royal Institute British Architects (i.e a chartered architect). They also have to demonstrate a track record of working on domestic projects and thorough experience of small scale alterations to private houses.
We understand the help that our clients need and are used to explaining and demystifying the design and construction process. Because ASBA practices are not large corporate companies, fees are competitive and tailored to suit the budget of domestic-scale projects. Apart from great design ideas and inspiration ASBA architects have well-founded practical knowledge of the construction process and management of projects once they are on site. A significant part of the help provided to clients includes ensuring that the detailed construction of a project is well thought out and that construction proceeds smoothly once work begins on site.