Your investment

Architect’s fees can sometimes be daunting, with different architects having different fee models. The process of designing and delivering a piece of architecture is inherently quite complex, which is the reason why there are so many different fee models around. I always try to keeps things as transparent as possible with my pricing structure so you know exactly where you stand.

My pricing structure

I don’t offer set packages and fees. Every client is offered a completely bespoke service tailored to their exact requirements, so to give you an idea of my pricing structure I’ve developed some examples for the three most common types of enquiries I receive. If you’re a business owner or have a conservation project, your requirements are likely to be quite different, so please get in touch with me and I’ll be more than happy to discuss them.

Example 1: New-build home in Worcestershire

Construction budget: £600,000

  • Stage 0: £85 per hour (recommended budget = £750)
  • Stage 1: £10,000
  • Stage 2: £8,000
  • Stage 3: £9,900
  • Stage 4: £680 per month (recommended budget = £8160)
  • Stage 5: £85 per hour (recommended budget = £1500).

The total fee here is equivalent to about 6.5% of the construction cost. However, in this case it is being charged as a series of fixed lump sums. You know exactly what the fees are going to be at every stage, and you can stop at any point and know what your total investment will be.

Other things you might need:

  • Site survey: £1,000
  • Additional design iterations: £85 per hour
  • Contract administration: £85 per hour (recommended budget = £2,250).

Example 2: Barn conversion in Warwickshire

Construction budget: £250,000

  • Stage 0: £85 per hour (recommended budget = £750)
  • Stage 1: £5,000
  • Stage 2: £4,000
  • Stage 3: £4,500
  • Stage 4: £680 per month (recommended budget = £5,440)
  • Stage 5: £85 per hour (recommended budget = £840).

The total fee here is equivalent to about 8% of the construction cost. As with the first example, the fee is charged as a series of fixed lump sums and you can stop at any stage.

Other things you might need:

  • Building and site survey: £1,500
  • Additional design iterations: £85 per hour
  • Schedule of repairs: £85 per hour
  • Contract administration: £85 per hour (recommended budget = £1,700).

Example 3: A single-storey kitchen extension in Worcester

Construction budget: £100,000

  • Stage 0: £85 per hour (recommended budget = £600)
  • Stage 1: £2,520 (two iterations)
  • Stage 2: £2,000
  • Stage 3: £2,230
  • Stage 4: £680 per month (recommended budget = £2,720)
  • Stage 5: £85 per hour (recommended budget = £500).

The total fee is equivalent to less than 10% of the construction cost. A ‘plans-only’ service (stages 0-2) would cost about £5,000 (about 5%).

Other things you might need:

  • Building survey: £1,000
  • Additional design iterations: £85 per hour
  • Bespoke joinery design: 20% of joinery cost
  • Contract administration: £85 per hour (recommended budget = £1,150).

Return on investment

I encourage all clients to see architects’ fees as a long-term investment. It can sometimes be difficult to equate the architect’s service, which is performed over a relatively short period of time, with the long-term value you will derive. However, consider this: If you are going to get 30 years of enjoyment from a beautifully and ethically designed, sustainable piece of architecture, doesn’t it make sense to consider your investment in the same context? Even if you spent an extra £10,000 hiring me, over 30 years that still equates to less than £1 per day, and with my experience I could easily save that amount several times over, through well-implemented strategies that will reduce the lifetime running costs.

Still not sure?

Ultimately I would always advise that you choose your architect based on who you think is most attuned to your requirements. Pick the one you ‘clicked’ with. After all, for some projects you might be working with them for 2 years or more.