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At Archilink we regularly get sent questions from clients & users about the architecture process. Our mission is to simplify this process and so we thought it would be useful to answer some of the most common questions we get asked. This list is by no means exhaustive so if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of the team today.

How much should I expect to pay for a:

Loft Conversion:

Simple conversion of existing attic space can be as cheap as £10,000 – £20,000 , with prices tending to be higher in London and the southeast where tradespeople are more in demand. The price is higher for attic conversions that include dormer conversions, Hip to gable conversions and mansard roof conversions which range from £30,000 – £58,000.

You may also need to include 10 – 15% for other professional fees such as Architect, planning application and building warrant fees: this will be around £1000 for a simple attic conversion.

Single Storey Extension:

As a general rule of thumb, extension prices can be worked out by figuring out how much it cost per m². In many parts of the UK, the cost for a home extension is usually between £1,350 – 1,500 per m². For example, if you were planning a 4 x 5m single storey home extension in London, the total build cost for this would roughly be £36,000.00

You may also need to include 10 – 15% for other professional fees such as Architect, planning application and building warrant fees: this will be £5,400 at 15%. This would take the total estimate cost for a single storey home extension to £41,400 (Excluding VAT).

Double Story Extension:

Generally, if both storeys are the same size then 50% extra of the single-storey extension will be added to the total build cost for a double-storey extension. For the same dimensions as the single storey example this will be £36,000 + 50% = £54,000.00.

This will also require 10 – 15% for other professional fees such as Architect, planning application and building warrant fees: this will be £8,100 at 15%. This would take the total estimate cost for a double storey home extension to (Excluding VAT)

New Build Property:

Spon’s Architects’ and Builders’ Price Book 2017 gives an average building cost of: £1,375 to £1,725 per m2 for detached houses.

A good quality 2 storey house 100 m² (3 Bedroom) in Greater London using one main contractor: £172,000. The same property located in the Midlands: £131,400. By project managing the build yourself and using subcontractors rather than one main contractor the cost can be reduced. For the same size property, using subcontractors in London would cost £155,000 and £118,300 in the Midlands. However, this approach is not for the inexperienced or faint-hearted!

 

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How long does it take to build a:

Loft Conversion:

Loft conversions can vary from converting an existing attic into a habitable space to adding various editions to the roof space to achieve more height. In its simplest form attic conversions can be as quick as 6 weeks.

Single Storey Extension:

For a small relatively simple three metre, single rear extension, construction time is usually around three to four month.  However, this time schedule does not take into account the time taken for design and planning phases as these can vary depending on whether if your project requires planning or other permissions.

Double Story Extension:

For larger double height rear extensions, it may be around five to seven months. Again, this time schedule does not take into account the time taken for design and planning phases as these can vary depending on whether if your project requires planning or other permissions.

New Build Property:

Taking on a self build project can be a daunting prospect, especially if you are building your own home for the first time. There is a lot to be done before you even break ground on site, from finding the plot, arranging your finance and securing planning permission. Once you do start on site a 12 month schedule is fairly typical.

 

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How do I find an architect?

No matter what you’re looking to do with a property, the architectural design will be the core of your project. Whether it’s a new build, a conversion of an existing property or an extension, getting the architectural design right at the beginning is essential for turning your idea into a reality. We acknowledge the importance of looking at other sites, profiles and checking reviews across multiple platforms.

We recommend looking at the architects profile on Houzz, reviews on google and posting a project on Archilink to receive quotes.

 

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How do I get more clients as an architect?

Use A Lead Generation Service  – The absolute quickest way to get new architecture clients is to sign up for a lead generation service. A lead generation service is a company that specialises in running online ads to attract people who are searching for an architect in your local area.

Increase Website Traffic – An online presence is essential for architectural designers as it will funnel clients searching the web for their local architect to discover their individual website.

Brand Awareness – One of the most significant features of digital advertising is the ability to demonstrate the distinctiveness of your firm in comparison to others.

Instant Communications – At a younger age surrounded by social media and innovation, the millennial generations are known to demand instant access and communications.

Live Video Streaming – live streaming has become a great tool to introduce your brand and personality to a much wider audience who can tune in from any part of the globe. This will add a human touch to your online presence as the public will be able to interact with you in real time.

Social Media Based Advertising – There are a plethora of social media forms now out there, which can be utilised to significantly grow your architectural brand organically or through paid digital advertising.

Email Marketing – Present and forthcoming customers aren’t constantly searching on the web, architects can still connect with these clients using targeted emails. Sending regular emails to your potential clients is a great way to keep them updated and this can be done in the format of a weekly newsletter or sharing future updates of your firm.