Working with your architect

Building or renovating a home for most people is a once in a life time venture involving considerable time and expense. Engaging the services of an architect should mean a home specifically tailored to your needs adding value to your property and enhancing your life style. The benefits reaped should greatly out-weigh the fees paid to him or her.

Any architect that you contact should be more than happy to show you examples of their work and discuss your needs and ideas of how you see yourself living in your new home before you make a final decision.

Before your architect can start work he or she will need a careful briefing from you defining the spaces and services that you require and how much you want to spend.

The design stage of the project will involve the preparation of preliminary sketch drawings, proposals for using the site and building to best take advantage of the sun and shelter etc and the basic layout and design of the building. Once you have approved this the design will be further developed. This will involve considering the local planning requirements and requirements for a septic tank if necessary and any other regulations specific to your site for instance if your property is close to a historic monument or in a historically classified area. When the plans are finalised they will be submitted to the authorities along with all the other required documentation which your architect will prepare for you. As owners of the property you will be required to sign the finished planning application forms before they are submitted to the local authorities.

You have been a great help to us, not only with your work but also in finding us a geometre and builder. We have found it refreshing to have someone who has kept their appointment times and has always replied to our emails…we will certainly recommend you”.
P & J Finch

Your architect should always act as a professional adviser and agent for you, providing unbiased information and advice on how to proceed in respect of certain information. 

How much will it cost?

Depending on the type and size of project each job is judged on it’s own merits and there are a number of options for the calculation of fees which will typically vary due to:

  • The extent of the architects services and specialist skills.
  • The size and complexity of the project and any project specific requirements.
  • Works to existing buildings (refurbishment and extensions) which can be more resource intensive.
  • The repair and conservation of historic listed buildings can be very complex and the fee may be proportionately higher.

Fees are typically quoted as either: 

  • A quoted percentage of the final cost of the building work 
  • A lump sum
  • Time charges

For full information about fee scales see this downloadable pdf