Architect much did you pay?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Maz, 18 Feb 2008.

  1. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    I need to sort out an extension at my mum's house in Sheffield. It's a single-storey bathroom extension that has barely enough room to swing a cat in (quite literally, just a toilet/basin plus shower).

    I spoke to one architect whose fees were £650+vat (£763.75). Another one told me it'd be 10% of the build cost (one builder told me the build would be roughly £7k, hence £700 for the architect).

    Neither of the architect quotes included the council's inspection fees etc.

    What's your experience of architects w.r.t. extensions and does £700ish sound reasonable?

  2. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Unless it's a specialised toilet architect, I'd go with the builder.
  3. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    imho, they're a bunch of overpaid time wasting plonkers.

    have a chat with the LA building inspectors to see if it can be done under building notice, where a plan is enough and let the builder and BI sort out the specification of each stage, the foundations, insulation etc. are standard requirements and a good builder doesn't need drawings from some twat in an office to tell him what it should be.'s an outrage, the roofer does 20%, the plumber 20%, the builder the rest and he gets 10% for printing a couple of plans off a computer?
  4. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Simon L X+Y does them free for Cyclechat members, I believe.
  5. Speicher

    Speicher Vice Admiral Moderator

    The estimates you have seem very high. An Architect was involved in drawing up plans for this house, moving the garage forward (into a car port) building a room where the garage was, and changing another room. He did a complete plan of the whole house, oversaw the planning application etc and charged about twice what you have been quoted.
  6. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    The fees sound perfectly reasonable to me. Often, jobs like extensions are very fiddly over details of complying with the Building Regulations.
  7. Slim

    Slim Über Member

    Plough Lane
    Mine charged a percentage of the build cost (I think around the 10% mark) but that included managing the project from start to finish. His work included organising planning permission, inspecting the builders work to ensure the correct materials were used, etc. I did think it was a lot of money but at least if anything went wrong I had someone to sue check with.
  8. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    that's true, but a good builder can achieve this....and you don't want to employ a bad builder.
  9. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    most arcitects charge a percentage rate which depends on whether it's new build or renovation work. Might get a guide if you check on the RIBA site.
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