We have to do quite an extensive refurb job + attic conversion, planning permission is also required, I'm dreading it. To those of you who have used architects: did they do the job on fixed fee or percentage of the construction cost? And what percentage should we be paying?
Most architects will do a fixed fee, if they don't, either insist on it or go elsewhere. Percentages used to be 12-15% for full service, sketch to finish, but almost all firms have come down on these significantly.
Did your architect use builders they already had a working relationship with? Because i guess this would be worth paying for, if there was some trust already established. And did they do the site supervision? Any experiences appreciated.
To be honest, in a house extension a client will quite often insist on a builder they know, most architects would prefer to use someone they have worked with before or at least that they can get references for.
Good luck with it.