Frequently Asked Questions
This is why we need to know your budget from day 1. Most architects have little knowledge of building costs and will meet your brief rather than your budget, which isn’t always a bad thing, but having us present means we can advise you on what’s more financially viable. We are able to see the cost implications on architectural features, which means you can reference your budget and decide what to compromise on. Without advising us on your budget, you will be setting yourself up for failure and end up as a statistic in the 80% of people who’s designs do not commence construction.
PC Sums are used when the price of a task is unknown during quoting and PC Items are pre-selections made by the building contractor to give you a more accurate cost of the project. An allowance is given without specifying exactly what it is or what is involved. Generally, the more PC Sums and Items within a building contract, the more power the builder has to charge variations.