Considering An Extension? Your Guide To Architect Fees

Considering An Extension? Your Guide To Architect Fees

In Many Cases, Using An Architect Can Save Money And Time

If you want to extend your property in East London, how much do you pay in architect’s fees? Good question! That’s why the team at Lyss Homes has done the research for you, and can now bring you the information you need.

We’ll explain how the fees are worked out and the things you’ll need to keep in mind if you’re hiring a firm of architects to work on your project.

Do I Really Need To Use An Architect?

If you’re keen to extend your home on a budget, you may be wondering whether you really need to use an architect’s services, especially if the project is quite small and requires no planning permission. Many homeowners believe it’ll be more cost-effective and simple to approach a builder, tell them what they want, and then allow them to get the job done. But, while this may sound like a perfectly sound approach, it may often backfire!

In many cases, using an architect can save you money and time as they will offer advice about how to maximise both your budget and the room in question. Architects can identify things that will be overlooked by non-design professionals, and that means they can improve your project design, help you get even more out of the space, and give you the best possible return on your investment. When you have architectural drawings, you’ll also be able to compare quotes from different builders more easily.

What Will Engaging An Architect Cost?

Of course, there are numerous variables that come into play when determining what an architect will charge for their services. Some of the factors to keep in mind include:

  • The complexity and size of your project. The bigger and more challenging the project is, the more you can expect to pay.
  • How the work is charged. Different architects charge for their work in different ways. Some quote hourly rates while others use a fixed fee system. Others ask for a percentage of the total final cost of your project, which could vary from 5% to 15%.
  • Your postcode. Where you live matters too. Architects operating in certain areas will charge a premium.

What Do Architects Include In Their Fees?

Different firms will offer different services, and the services that one company will provide at a standard cost may be charged at a higher rate by others. Nevertheless, there are a few common services which will almost always be included within a quote. These include:

  • Existing layout drawings
  • Architectural drawings for the project
  • A planning package for securing planning permission, if necessary
  • Technical drawings highlighting building regulations

It’s important to look carefully at what is included in each quote before you make a final decision about which firm to use. While an initial quote may appear low, there may be other charges applied at a later date that could take the cost of your project significantly higher.

Take the time to examine the figures carefully and always ask exactly what is included within the quote. Reputable architects will always explain their costs in detail, so never be afraid to ask questions!

If you’re interested in moving home rather than extending your existing property, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Lyss Homes on 02080505452

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