My last blog introduced Steve, who emailed me with some typical questions clients who are embarking on a new building project often ask. I covered Question 3, in my last blog "What's the difference between an architect and a draftsperson?". This blog will address Steve's Questions 1&2. This is a typical email we receive. The Following was from Steve in Croydon in April. "Dear Wayne I’m looking to put a second storey on my duplex (semi-detached home). Friends suggested we use “c…..d”, so we got them to do a proposal. In their submission, they have an allowance for the design, drafting and gaining the planning approvals of $15638.00. The thing is….we don’t like what they have designed “it pretty generic”. Is this sort of project too small for an Architect, and what would you charge? How’s an architect different to a Draftsman anyway? Steve" Steve has touched on a couple of items here: How small is too small for an Architect to become involved in? What do architects’ cost? and What is the difference between an Architect and a Draftsperson? Firstly, how small is too small? Well the simple answer is there are no rules, and you just have to ask. Whether a job is too small for an architect can vary widely depending on the experience of the architectural firm and the circumstances of your project. Sometimes firms with an architectural team of varying seniority will allocate smaller projects to the more junior Architects within the firm as they provide great opportunities for more junior Architects to develop skills and have a project that they can “sink their teeth into”. I’d like to add a caveat; this approach is sound as long as the design is under the guidance of an experienced and senior Architect. Whether you are adding a pergola, an outside BBQ area, a granny flat or alterations and additions for your home, there is always a need for it to be a functional and aesthetically appealing space. Engaging an Architect for a small project can make the difference between a space you occasionally use to one that’s used all the time. Architectural critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen said in an interview on ABC’s - Blueprint for Living….. “If the built environment isn’t supporting you, then the chances are it’s probably hurting you…..Everyone needs better – indeed, good – landscapes. cityscapes and building of all kinds”. An Architect can work with you to help make “all your spaces” good spaces to experience life. On to question 2: What do Architects’ cost? It’s a common misconception that architects are expensive. But expensive compared to what? A draft person or a building designer? However, the services they offer are quite different, and they have unique skills and expertise. A good Architect who understands your needs and brief can help turn your dream home into a reality and ensure your property is functional, stylish and attracts … [Read more...] about Is my project too small for an Architect?