When building a new home or altering a home in any way, it is crucial that the design process is carried out as well as possible and this is where a building designer can help you. Designing a building is about more than just drawing up a set of plans. Building sites are unique and a building designer will be able to minimize any problems associated with the site while maximizing its potential and possibilities.
Building designers create extremely detailed plans. Everything needs to be included, from the timber and structural components to be used right down to the specifics such as what door handles should be used. This is so that builders are able to quote on exactly the same things when they are tendering for the job. Another reason that such detail is needed is because the specifications in the design will ultimately become part of the contract with the builder.
Find out their level of experience and ensure that the designer holds professional indemnity insurance. Finally, ask what fees they charge for their services and obtain a written contract so that no hidden charges can arise in the future.
Like architects building designers often charge based on a percentage of the total cost of your project. They will also vary their fee based on the level of service required, with a basic, enhanced or full typical. In terms of percentages, basic level service could be 5 per cent of the total project, with full service costing 7.5 per cent - with larger more costly projects typically requiring a full service offering. Why not use our Get Quotes service to locate three local building designers to quote your project?
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