Choosing an architect is a very important decision, you must select someone that makes you feel comfortable and that you have a great deal of faith in. A good architect will come to the table with ideas suggestions and designs, not just provide what you have asked for. To complete your project is a lengthy task, be prepared to set aside plenty of time for brain-storming your dreams with the right person.
Dial A Contractor's accredited architects will complete your drawings and process them through the municipalities, saving you both time and planning permission delays. Please make sure your plans are approved prior to asking for building quotations.
WHAT DOES AN ARCHITECT DO?
Architectural practices provide creative solutions that are customised to suit each client’s personal requirements. By working closely with its clients to ensure optimal satisfaction our architects are able to continuously produce outstanding architecture that is personalized in accordance with the homeowners’ lifestyle requirements.
New Designs of
Alterations and Additions
Alterations or additions to existing buildings can be a nightmare if you decide to do this without the experience and assistance of a professional. We offer a professional service to manage and assist with such projects.
Restoration and Maintenance
Sometimes restoration or maintenance work may be required on existing or older buildings. Clients often do not know where to start. We have extensive collective experience in the field of restorations and maintenance work. This includes old houses or buildings in the city or rural areas. We specialise in maintenance manuals for new and existing buildings and also offer a professional service to manage and assist with restoration and maintenance projects.
A client may appoint us on an hourly basis for any architectural consultation, such as ideas, concepts, design, finishes, architectural style, regulations or finishes.
The standard full architectural service or partial architectural service is calculated as a percentage of the final or estimated building cost. The recommended fee scale, published in terms of the regularly updated Government Gazette, can be downloaded from the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) website, at www.sacapsa.com Although there is a recommended architectural fee structure, the fees are always open for negotiation.
Fees are likely to be influenced by:
- The extent of the architectural professional services and the type of procurement
- The size and complexity of the project and any specific requirements
- Works to existing buildings (refurbishment and extensions), which are likely to be significantly more resource intensive
- The repair and conservation of historic buildings
We provide a free consultation at the initial briefing. This consultation is not to provide design solutions, but to confirm the client brief and the type of architectural service that is required. After the consultation the architect will provide a complete fee letter outlining the scope of work and fee structure for approval. Work will only commence after written acceptance has been received from the client.
ALTERNATIVE FEE OPTIONS
Our fee for architectural services is expressed as a percentage of the final or estimated construction cost and is best used for clearly defined building projects
Lump sums or fixed cost
A fixed lump sum may be suitable where requirements are clearly defined from the outset. A variable lump sum may be calculated from an agreed percentage at the beginning of each stage, based on the latest approved cost. This is beneficial where requirements cannot be predetermined.
This option will be appropriate where the scope of services cannot be foreseen or does not relate to construction work. This includes providing partial services or additional services such as feasibility studies or protracted negotiations.
The fee can be structured to take into account the value added by your architect’s services (for example, the increased value of a site or building less development costs). In addition to the fee, expenses may also be chargeable for the cost of drawing copies and other documents, travel, accommodation, etc. Disbursements, such as the fees that must accompany applications for building regulations or planning approval, will also be chargeable.
The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)
South African Institute of Architects (SAIA)
Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA)