At Dualchas we understand the huge financial commitment that a building project entails - that is why it is important to manage costs from the outset. This is not just about the cost of the build - it is also about understanding the full project costs, including consultant and statutory fees, where VAT may apply, and the programme of works.

An experienced architect will take you through all these items, helping ensure that the brief and the budget tie together. Exploring and testing the brief at an early stage can also pay dividends - the further a project progresses, the more costly changes can become. It is also about prioritising where money is spent - if a significant budget needs to be allocated against a top-of-the-range kitchen, it is better to know that an early stage rather than risk disappointment later!

This section gives some detail on the consultant  and construction costs that can be expected, although details can only be given when the size and type of the project is known. It should be borne in mind that VAT is due on all consultant fees (20%) at present, but not on construction cost of new builds. Work to exisiting buildings can also have VAT applied at 20%, although where the building has been unihabited for a number of years, it may only be 5%. Check this webpage for more information on VAT.

Whatever money you commit to a project, the one thing guaranteed is that an architect will add value, lifting your project from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

For more information about appointing an architect please read : 'Why use a Chartered Architect?' and 'Architect's fees'








March 15, 2017

Dualchas seeking Architect in Glasgow

Dualchas Architects is looking for a talented architect for the Glasgow office.  Should have at least three years post qualification experience and be ARB registered.  Should be creative ...

November 02, 2016

New Dualchas house in Sleat completed

Ancala, a Dualchas-designed house near Armadale in Sleat, south Skye, has been completed. The three bedroom house has dramatic views over the Sound of Sleat to the hills of Knoydart, with t...