Architect or DIY

A guest post by Adrian Saviadrian Savi

In my over 10 years of experience as an architect, I have seen more and more people thinking about doing an  architect’s, an engineer’s or a trades mans’s work.

It might be a whole house, a house addition, or just changing the bathroom tiles and they are doing it for two main reasons:

  • To get it cheaper; or
  • Because they think “If you want something done you have to do it yourself.”

I am not saying that you can’t do most things, but for a whole house you will need professionals.

For instance you will need a sign off from a registered professional for the following parts of a build.

  • Structural design.
  • Electrical Installation
  • Plumbing

But  you may be thinking “Who is going to do a better job for you than you?”. . .  Am I right?

Before you set off on your project remember that those professionals have had lots of training and experience  so:

  • Do extensive research to see what others have done in your situation.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for advice. There are plenty of places online where you can  ask for advice so don’t be shy, it doesn’t matter what others may think of your questions.
  • If you are looking to do trade work practice on some part of the job that won’t be too obvious

Thank you for reading and please leave any comments or question.

Good luck with the house


Adrian Savi  is an architect from Romania.   As well as working full-time as a freelance architect for clients in the United States,  Canada,  Australia,  Denmark  and Norway he blogs on design and architecture . The house in the picture is from his Portfolio at