Architects try hard to explain
these services, but not many owners understand them very well. These
services are necessary and are typically not negotiable in terms of what they
contain, as it would be nearly impossible for an architect to provide the
on-going services without providing these Basic Services, which is why they are
In brief, these services
typically mean and contain the following items:
The architect takes notes of what
the owner states that they want in the project. Usually, the architect
provides these notes in some form of typed format, possibly with photos of the
property, with some discussion of site features and opportunities for the
to-be-built items. The architect will often include a site visit with a
typed understanding of site elements and how and where the built structures
might be located.
FOR PLANNING PERMISSION
Advising if your project requires
planning permission and producing the relevant information for making an
application to the local authority. You may also engage an architect to provide
services in connection with planning appeals. Your architect may communicate on
your behalf with planning authorities.
This is a catch-all for anything
and everything that the owner can’t handle but needs to be managed for them,
not included in any other service. For instance: selection of colors,
tile, paint, appliances, coordinating a home-owners association and other situations
that can and will develop. It is wise to have the architect on-call for
Architects may offer
three-dimensional hand-drawn or computerized imagery of their designs.
This can also involve 3D animations, which is a movie of a Client’s
project. Images can be either fixed (static) of a single viewpoint, or
have multiple single views. The imagery may be plain and only consist of
lines, or may be near-photo-realistic. Architects typically will not
include such imagery in their Basic Services, unless paid additionally for
these services. 3D computerized imagery may be provided to the Architect
from a third party specialty source, as such imagery typically requires
expensive and complex software and powerful computers to provide high-quality
If you are considering buying a
property or a site, we can help you assess its condition and potential,
research its planning history and advise on any limitations.
For commercial clients, we can
develop a quick concept – “feasibility study” – to estimate the future
building’s parameters and development value.
The consultancy services are
usually chargeable on a time basis.
We often collaborate with
Interior Designers and have developed great working relationship with many
leading studios. However, on some projects we do the design ourselves, and have
accumulated substantial in-house expertise in this area.
Offering Architecture and
Interiors as one package makes a lot of sense, particularly where the design is
an integral part of a minimalist contemporary space. On the practical side, it
dramatically improves coordination and provides significant cost saving as a
lot of duplicate work can be avoided.
Optionally, we can help select
the loose furniture, art and decorative items, and procure them on behalf of
the Client. As a professional practice, we have access to significant trade
discounts, which we are happy to share with our Clients.
At all stages of the project, we
would act as the Lead Consultant, coordinating design input of the other
members of the design team. At the beginning of the job, we would help the
Client put together the Technical brief, outlining the requirements to the
This service is typically
included in our base fee.