If you’re looking to extend or renovate an existing building, or you’re planning a complete new-build project, you’ll know how important it is to keep on top of your budget.
Whatever your project, you’ll be looking to add value to the property. Working with a qualified architect is a great way to ensure that the end result is structurally sound, functional and aesthetically pleasing. But how much does an architect cost?
What affects the cost of an architect?
It’s impossible to give a blanket answer to the question of cost, as there are many variables that must be taken into account. Of course, a simple domestic extension will cost less than a complex new-build, and a London-based architect is likely to charge more than one in the Midlands.
Considerations that will affect the architect’s quote include:
Architect’s experience and qualifications
Costs of materials, equipment and labour
Architects have different levels of qualifications and experience. For example, not all practitioners will consider the interior design of the space, so working with an architect who is also well versed in interior design will cost more.
Remember as well that you may not need an architect for your project, so you could avoid the cost altogether.
What do an architect’s fees include?
When appointing an architect, you’re not just paying for a design service. Not all architects offer the same services, but the fees may include:
Measuring and surveying the property or land
Drawing up 2D and 3D designs
Preparing and submitting planning applications
Managing the build project
Liaising with third-party contractors
When discussing quotes with different architectural practices, keep in mind which services are essential and which would simply be a waste of budget. You can keep fees down by making sure you’re only paying for the services you need.
How do architects charge?
Fee structures will vary between practices, but architects will usually charge on a percentage basis.
In the UK, you can expect your architect’s fees to be around 5–10% of the overall project cost. If your total project cost is £75,000, you can expect to pay anywhere from £3,750 to £7,500 for your architect’s services.
Practices that offer a variety of services may use different pricing models for each of these services. For example, architects may charge by the hour for project management on top of their standard design service.
Speak to a few different architects and make sure you understand the individual costs of each service before committing. You might think that one practice is much cheaper than the others, only to learn that many of the services you require require an additional cost.
Speak to Design Haus
If you’re looking to appoint an architect for a build project, get in touch with Design Haus. We’ll be happy to discuss your exact requirements and provide a quote for our architect-led design and build service.