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I’ve talked to a few architects /architectural designers and still to fully decide who I would like to go with or whether I might use an in house design service.

 

However one thing I am noticing is the lack of ‘compatible’ architects in my area.

 

I originally had my mind set on a well-known self-build architect who done fixed price (circa £25k to do everything, which included CDM and SE) but as time went on discussing with them I felt my budget (£240-270k for build @ £1200/m^2) was not really their preferred market and it put me off a little plus they are 80 miles from where the plot would be.

 

I then came across an experienced AD who I am meeting on site this week, even though I haven’t actually finalised the plot purchase as I wait for a few things to fall in to place, but he seems to match my expectations on price (£12k including SE)  and is experienced in SIPS and timber frame. But he is from 200 miles away. My only reservation so far is the distance and the ease of being able to go through those initial stages of design collaboration.

 

So the last few days I spent some time phoning local architects in the Ayrshire/ Glasgow area. But struggling with people who understand what I want to do. They are either way out there and looking for customers who wants a turnkey managed process and a % based fee. Or they are cheap but don’t necessarily understand modern building methods or tools.

 

Ideally – I will use an Architect/AD to help with design, planning and building warrant.  From there then contract with  TF/SIPS supplier to supply and erect and then manage subcontractors myself.

 

The selected person would ideally provide a fixed price and be well versed in modern methods of construction for TF/SIPS as above and understand building to a budget, but I seem to be struggling to find this locally.

 

So two questions:

  1. Do we think distance is an issue? (I know we can do everything online, but sometimes a 5 minute meeting can do what takes days be email).
  2. Does anyone have any good Architects / AD contacts in the Glasgow / Ayrshire area who are well versed as above?
  3. Can anyone tell me what I actually want - as I swing between doing it myself / using and AD / Using in house design almost daily 🤣

 

I am a Chartered engineer (mechanical design) so I can do all the learning and planning and managing bits and very easily understand and draw my house. But I believe there is value in using a professional with regards to house design to do things that I wouldn’t think of. However I don’t want an architect who is away with the fairies or not on my wavelength. Hence I feel like an AD is where I need to be because they can add this value at a reasonable cost.

 

Note: I’m not looking for fancy glazed gables with spiral stairs. I’m looking for good fabric first well thought out functional house with some (budget) appropriate features which take it from what I would design to something a bit better that flows well and make sense for my family and needs. A pragmatic approach to house design with a little bit of architectural flair.  

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Allan Corfield Architects are specialists in self build and only 100 miles away, and do fixed fees, but more like 20k than 12k I fear.

 

Talk to them?

 

https://www.houseplanninghelp.com/hph168-an-example-of-how-much-it-costs-to-hire-an-architect-with-allan-corfield/

 

https://acarchitects.biz/

 

Not a recommendation, but seem to be flexible.

 

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19 minutes ago, Ferdinand said:

Allan Corfield Architects are specialists in self build and only 100 miles away, and do fixed fees, but more like 20k than 12k I fear.

 

Talk to them?

 

https://www.houseplanninghelp.com/hph168-an-example-of-how-much-it-costs-to-hire-an-architect-with-allan-corfield/

 

https://acarchitects.biz/

 

Not a recommendation, but seem to be flexible.

 

F

@Ferdinand  They were the first architect.....came across great. But I felt that once we were going to get seriously into it that I might fall into the not so important category.

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To give you a comparison, I'm in an expensive area paying ballpark 25k architect and 12 SE for a larger build on a complex site. Using an architect firm with many awards etc for design and building regs they are good value in my opinion but their cost to me is a smaller percent that your original option is to you. If planning TF surely you can use them for a large part of design and SE so will be in their fees anyway, be careful to not pay twice. Good luck

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