Yes, we are. If clients prefer, and where it is feasible, instead of visiting properties in person, we are visiting with clients via Zoom – to have those important initial conversations as well as to work on developing concepts and designs. Otherwise, we will continue to visit in person.
The only reason we would absolutely need to visit your property in person at this time is to take measurements in order to prepare existing drawings (or for another consultant to do this instead) and to take photographs of your property. Without this information we would be unable to develop a proposal in sufficient detail.
If you prefer, though, you could provide us with those measurements instead, or we could work on outline proposals based on estate agents plans in order to help you get your ideas moving forward. We do understand that you may not feel comfortable with us in your home just yet.
You can be sure that, if we do visit your property, we will be taking extra care with masks and sanitiser to help keep us all safe.
When you employ an Architect, you’re not just paying for drawings – you’re paying for their knowledge, skill and experience. While working through a design, an architect will be thinking about how it could be built, the structural implications, the applicable Building Regulations and the likely cost.
Employing an architect may seem expensive, but their fee is only a small percentage of the project cost. Architects bring creative thinking and value to projects of all sizes. They are skilled at making the best use of the space that you have, ensuring that the light is right, the feel is good and that the space works for you.
We are ARB and RIBA registered and bring our expertise, knowledge and skill to all projects that we work on. We will guide you through the work stages and work with you to maximise the potential of your project to best suit you.
Architects’ fees vary depending on the location and complexity of the project and level of service expected from them. Some architects will base their charges on a percentage of a total project cost, others as a fixed price lump sum or on a time charge basis.
Our fees vary depending on our scope of work. Once we have spoken with you, and possibly visited your project, we will prepare a fee proposal for your consideration. Our proposal will typically include for all stages of the project – from the initial design stage through to monitoring works on site.
Depending on the size of your project we may alternatively present our fees as options: Basic; Standard; Enhanced. The options will be specific to your project. It will give you the opportunity to consider how much value you would like for us to add.
Our fees for each work stage are typically lump sum, as this gives you cost certainty. We break our fee down into the RIBA’s work stages, allowing you to select all or part of our services. As a guide, depending on our scope of work, our fee could be 4-12% of the construction cost.
Yes, we do. We offer a free Pre-Design Virtual Meeting where you can show us around your home and we can discuss your ideas, aspirations and requirements. We will answer questions about the process, time frames and associated costs.
Alternatively, for a small fee we offer a Pre-Design Site Visit Assessment, where we would meet you at to your home or property to have a more in depth conversation about your project.
No matter which pre-design option you select, following the meeting we will provide you with a fee proposal for our architectural services. Should you decide not to take our appointment any further you are free to continue conversations with another designer, for them to continue the process.
You should first consider whether the other designer is offering a comparable service. We are always happy to review a competing quote to see if we are able to reduce our scope of services to match.
Every architect has a different way of working and will provide you with a different experience and solution. We suggest that you choose your designer on the basis that you like them; that they understand what it is that you’d like to achieve; that you feel that you can work with them for the duration of your project.
We offer a friendly and professional service and aim to understand what you’re hoping to achieve and to exceed your expectations.
Project management involves the organising and purchasing of supplies and materials; the organising of sub-contractors, etc. On a domestic project, this role is ordinarily undertaken by the contractor. It is the contractors duty to organise and manage the day to day running of the project and to ensure that they have the correct materials on hand at the correct time.
An architect would typically be appointed as contract administrator on a domestic project. This means that our role would be to carry out site visits to see that the work is progressing in accordance with the contract, issue weekly site reports with actions and instructions and certify payments, etc. We do not offer project management services, but we do offer contract administration services.
We are experts at designing schemes that meet the requirements of planning departments. We work hard to gain successful outcomes for our clients no matter where a project is located.
We have found that the appointment of a planning consultant on a tricky site can improve your chance of success. Planning consultants understand planning policies in great detail and speak the same language as the planners – so can really help argue your case if need be. We have good working relationships with a few planning consultants and will recommend one if we feel it to be appropriate for your project.