Commissioning an architect can be daunting. The process itself, with its permissions and compliances, can seem intimidating so it is incredibly important that we guide our clients through the stages involved.
Throughout the process, we pride ourselves on being transparent about the fees involved at each stage of the project. We ensure that we provide consistent updates on the progress of builds and renovations as they happen so that there are no nasty surprises further down the line.
As architects, our designs and their costings are bespoke to the projects we undertake and we take a truly collaborative approach from the very first contact. Understanding a client’s budget and presenting the best design to achieve their goal is the first, fundamental stage in any project we embark upon.
The walkthrough at our clients’ home at the initial site visit is a vital part of the process. As we walk through, we often make suggestions that a client may not have previously thought of or have been aware was possible, but most importantly we listen to our clients’ needs and wants.
Following the client visit, we issue our fee proposal which clearly states the brief, the different RIBA stages which apply and the fees involved in the project. Being transparent, open and honest with our clients is always hugely important.
“Architecture is about trust. As architects, we walk away at the end of the project, but the client will be living in that space every day. Trust and collaboration need to be there right from the beginning.” – Ashleigh Clarke, Founder and Senior Architect