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Homeworks Design

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Based in: Frome, BA11 6PU
We specialise in survey, building design and planning applications with construction drawings if required. The process is ...
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Urban Buildworx

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Based in: Newton-le-willows, WA12 9ZJ
We at Urban Buildworx Ltd take your vision through to reality with the design, planning & building regulations application...
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Marshall Lloyd Jones Studio

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Based in: Eastbourne, BN21 3EJ
We are a new creative practice specialized in Residential design, Loft Conversions and House extensions in the UK. We offe...
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Plan It UK

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Based in: Sidcup, DA15 8AT
Why choose us? ✓ Affordable Rates ✓ Fixed Prices ✓ Free PDF copies ✓ Free Planning Consent Submission ✓ Free Revisi...
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Urban Pix Studio

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How much do Architect services cost?

If you’re looking to hire the services of an architect, one of the first things you’d probably want to be sure of is the cost it’ll take to have one for your project. It should, however, be stated that architect fees can vary widely, not only in their level but also in the methods of their calculations. They vary from lump sums payable at varying stages of the project and percentages of the construction cost to hourly rates. In this post, we’re going to give you a good insight into the world of architect costs so as to help you make informed decisions, set a budget and start to plan. Let’s take a look!

First and foremost, it should be stated that the cost of hiring an architect can vary largely based on a number of factors. These factors include the reputation and experience of the architect, the complexity of the project, the location of your property and lots more. In general, you can expect an architect to charge within the range of 5 percent to 10 percent of your overall build costs. However, you should expect an architect with several years of experience to charge more than an architect who just completed their final year studying. And when it comes to the complexity of the project, you’ll naturally expect a complete remodel of a full property to cost a lot more than a more modest project like a kitchen extension. What’s more? Some areas in the UK such as the south east (especially London) costs can cost a lot more than other regions such as Northern Ireland, Scotland and the north of England.

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The average price
of an Architect is:

£5,366

Architect job Architect cost in 2022
Commercial architectural services £1,075-£12,922
Residential architectural services £680-£6,982

Architect service qualifications and accreditations

Architects are trained to design and create plans and technical drawings for building construction, restoration as well as renovation. Are you interested in following a career path in architecture or perhaps you simply want hire a qualified architect for your project? Regardless of your purpose, knowing the qualifications required for an architect can help you in a number of ways. In this post, we’re going to give you an in depth insight into the certifications needed to become an architect so as to help you make informed decisions moving forward. Let’s take a look!

First and foremost, you should know that there are a number of routes to becoming a fully qualified architect which includes degrees, apprenticeships as well as work experience. With that in mind, there are two important qualifications to become an architect. These qualifications include an architecture degree recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) as well as two years of professional architecture experience.

Generally, it takes a minimum of seven years to become a fully qualified architect through training which is usually divided between three main stages including:

  • A 5 year degree programme in architecture. This programme must be one that’s recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as well as the Architects Registration Board (ARB).
  • A minimum of 2 years’ work experience in a recognised Architect’s practice.
  • And finally, a professional architecture examination. This is where your performance in your work experience would be assessed. It involves a written examination which usually includes an assessment on a case study of a project you’ve worked on as well as an oral exam.

Services offered by Architect

When it comes to house projects, one of the first decisions you’ll have to make is whether or not you’ll need to hire the services of an architect. As this is not required by law, several homeowners may decide to overlook an architect’s services, while others may not even know what it is an architect does. However, one thing you should know is recruiting one can have an immense impact on both the cost as well as quality of your building works. So, what exactly does an architect do? Let’s take a look!

First and foremost, being fully aware it’s up to you to decide whether or not to hire an architect, you may want to know why they might be necessary. Most home and property owners will hire an architect when undertaking major building works such as extensions and entire house refurbishments, while others hire architects for relatively minor projects like remodelling a bathroom. However, in general, employing the services of an architect for major projects that’ll affect your home’s exterior like an extension, loft conversion and basement conversion will give you a peace of mind knowing the addition to your home is safe and legal. Although, this will become less necessary if you have a clear idea of what you want and you also trust your builder’s vision and judgement.

If you’re not sure of what you want or lack ideas, an architect will be of huge benefit to help you get the best out of your project. Also, if you don’t trust your builders or you’re almost always busy or inexperienced, an architect can help supervise the builders to make sure they don’t deviate from the plan. In short, an architect can help you manage the whole process to ensure the quality as well as safety of your home extension.

Architect FAQs

Are there different styles of guttering?

There are lots of different styles and colours of guttering to suit any property. Half round is the standard style, but guttering is also available in ogee (half square), deep flow (U shaped), and square styles or box guttering (three straight sided).

What can a commercial architect offer?

Commercial architects can produce plans and technical drawings as well as offering advice and assistance to help you achieve your desired goal. They will also put a creative spin on your building project – perfect for retail or office buildings. Commercial architects will make your building stand out from the crowd!

Do I need an architect to build a house?

Like building an extension, you’re not legally required to hire an architect to build a house. However, given the amount of money you’ll be investing in your project, it’s vital to get it right. Clear, accurate plans are essential for any builder or other tradesperson to get the right materials in the right place. Building projects that go wrong because of inaccurate plans can at best look odd, and at worst be structurally unsound.

We’d recommend hiring either an architect or a skilled design and build company to create the plans for your new house. If you hire an architect to do your designs, you can choose whether to involve them further in your project, or use another professional or your own skills to take care of any applications and project management.

How to reduce architect fees?

If you’d like to hire a commercial architect, but have a limited budget, there are a few options you could try.

Firstly, if you’re happy to manage the project yourself, you could just engage your architect to create the designs and technical plans. It will then be up to your builder and any other contractors to follow them. You’ll need to put some serious time and effort in to make sure that this goes smoothly, but it will reduce how much you’ll need to pay your architect.

You could also consider reducing the scope of your project. Many architects charge a percentage of your project’s total construction cost, so if you scale down the work then their fees will be lower. Alternatively, you may be able to negotiate a set fee if you want to guarantee that you won’t pay more than a certain amount.

What do commercial architects do?

Commercial architects specialise in designing buildings for business or public use, rather than residential, like offices, shops and schools.

Commercial architects will typically have expert knowledge of the unique needs that different types of commercial building have. This includes safety and design requirements for bigger buildings that typically contain high numbers of people.

Will a commercial architect be expensive?

Not necessarily. Commercial architects may charge either a fixed fee, an hourly rate, or a percentage of the building contract. They could also save you substantial amounts of money as their plans and drawings may stop issues arising later in the construction.

What is the best guttering material?

The best type of guttering material will vary depending on the requirements of the property. For example, on listed buildings cast iron or aluminium guttering may be required to maintain the character of the property. Generally, UPVC is the accepted standard for almost all modern properties.

Can I carry out guttering work myself?

It’s recommended to use a professional guttering company to repair or replace guttering, as well as to carry out cleaning. These companies have the required insurance and will comply with health and safety standards, particularly when working at height.

Architect help and advice

Your Guide to the Hidden Costs of Redesigning your Home Published: 01/12/2017 Redesigning your home takes lots of planning. You need to work what you want it to look like and how much you want to spend. This might sound pretty simple, but there are several parts of a renovation project that homeowners tend to forget to plan and budget for. To stop you getting any nasty […] Read this article
3 Design Ideas to Make your Home Feel Bigger Published: 27/06/2017 Nowadays, space for housing is limited and typically pricey, specifically in city areas. People who are dedicated to residing in the UK’s most significant cities often need to compromise on space and wind up living in homes that they feel are too small. This has, in fact, produced a boom in creative small-space design. Architects […] Read this article
6 Features to Ask Your Architect for Published: 08/03/2017 When working with an architect or designer on your building plans, it’s important to concentrate on getting the details right. Things that are commonly focused on include room sizes, window styles and design flows. But there are also lots of other smaller details that need attention. Less significant details are often neglected on building plans […] Read this article

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