Engaging an architect can be confusing.
Take a look at the 10 steps by which the process of working with Crafted Architects tends to flow
Phone Consultation – No Charge
On-Site Briefing – No Charge
Feasibility / Survey – Fixed fee
Feasibility & 3D Designs – Fixed fee, invoiced monthly
Planning Application – Fixed fee, invoiced at submission of application
Construction Drawings – Fixed Fee invoiced on completion of drawings
Appoint a Contractor – No Charge
Appoint a contractor – no charge (or fixed fee for tendering the project)
We provide the lead design role and we brief and coordinate the work of these consultants who are appointed by the client (approximate fee bands for a bespoke family house are given in £100’s after each; plus VAT):
- Land Surveyor – to provide an electronically measured survey of the site and building before the design work can commence. (5-10).
- Arboriculture / trees – to identify and survey those affected on site during the early design process. (5-10).
- Ecology – to survey and recommend action to avoid disturbance to wildlife, prepared to coincide with their seasonal movement and submitted with the planning application. (5-15).
- Highways (less often with single house commissions) – specialist advice on vehicular movement and highway safety. (5-10).
- Planning Consultant – We have a strong level of experience within planning and can provide assistance with planning issues. We spend much of our working time designing and sometimes there is a need to engage a professional who can interpret Policies, and case precedent, to fully establish the regulatory framework. We work alongside consultants productively, and the advice we give you will synthesise the input of each.(15-25).
- Acoustics (rare in private work) – to identify and contain unwanted noise. (7-10).
- Energy (usually at the technical stage, post-planning) – to measure the building’s energy requirement, specify its thermal performance, and advise on renewable sources. (5).
- Structural engineering (at the technical stage) – to provide calculations to ensure the structural performance of the building. In projects where the structure is designed to be visible, to provide a sensitive and creative role in support of the design. (20-75).
- Mechanical and electrical consultant (used on larger projects) – in projects where the complexity of the heating, plumbing or electrical services is such that they need to be designed and drawn alongside the technical drawings prepared for the building fabric, an m&e consultant may be appointed. Care must be taken to ensure that the specification is appropriate to the (domestic) commission. (20-40).
- Quantity Surveyor – on projects where financial control is governed by a bank or if there is unusual complexity a QS is required. (20-60).
- Party Wall Surveyor – for legal agreements necessary when building close to neighbouring boundaries. (20-40).
- Historic Building Consultant – often we produce appropriate supporting statements but it can be invaluable to engage with specialist heritage support in critical cases. (15-30).