IS IT WORTH THE MONEY?
The idea that architects are always expensive is a myth. There are a few top individuals who command daunting fees and are only appropriate for wealthy clients. However, the reality is that most of us make a modest living.
To put it into context, surveys of average income consistently show that ordinary members of the profession earn less than many other construction specialists – 10% less than a bricklayer or scaffolder and around £10,000 less annually than a plumber. Architects could seem expensive because you’re not buying something solid that goes into your home, like bricks or a boiler; instead you’re getting time and skill, which are hard to quantify.
A potential client recently explained to me her doubts about how to choose a designer because she wouldn’t know if she was getting good value for money until the work was well underway. All I could say is that she should look at previous projects, talk to the people who commissioned them and then decide who she considered the most competent and trustworthy. Obviously, the fee has to be competitive, but cost effectiveness will depend on how well the chosen professional does their job. The right firm for her will easily cover the costs, as well as delivering a wonderful home.