How do I work with a builder?

Buildings and Architecture are collaborative processes. It is important to assemble the right team to suit the project in the early stages, so the project benefits from the power of their collective minds and expertise. We can help you assemble your team.

WAYS TO SELECT YOUR BUILDER

Traditional tender

Your designer will prepare the documents, and put the project out to tender, generally a list of builders is preselected, and each will submit a price. Your designer will compare them with one another and assist you to make a decision. A contract is then formed with the successful builder.

Negotiated with a select builder

We recommend you research builders and select one based on track record, chemistry and fit, and workmanship. You can then negotiate directly with the builder and form a contract. 

 

CONTRACT FORMS WITH YOUR BUILDER

Architect as third party in Lump Sum contract

Here your designer is formally a third party in the contract as administrator and all payments and requests for information are processed through us, this could be via hourly rate or lump sum. 

Architect as advisor to Lump Sum Contract

In this arrangement you are directly contracted with the builder and payments are direct between yourselves – your designer is not formally part of the contracting process and you could engage your designer separately to advise you during this phase, this could be via hourly rates or a lump sum. 

Architect as advisor to Target Sum with set builder margin 

In this arrangement you are directly in contract with the builder – your designer is not formally part of the contracting process and you could engage them separately to advise you during this phase. This could be via hourly rates or a lump sum. The target sum would be set, all trades and suppliers would be tendered and savings transferred to you from this competitive pricing process, with margin applied on top.