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Building Costs and Budgets

In this post I’m going to discuss the importance of having a budget that is based on real costs, which all too often can lead to frustration and disappointment if ignored at the beginning and not given the attention it deserves.

When a client calls me to set up an appointment, the first thing I ask them to prepare for our initial meeting is to prepare a budget. It is most important that when you are employing an architect, that you have a budget for your project clearly in mind. Without a clear guidance on the budget, it is impossible to get to a realistic proposal and this can lead to abortive work which is frustrating for the architect and costly for the client.

It’s important that you the client have a realistic idea on what your budget will get you, in terms of floor area and fixtures. Often times clients will use google to get an idea of cost guidelines which can be useful but can also be misleading. Its human nature to see what we want to see which can at times lead to unrealistic expectations.

The RIAI Building Construction Cost Guidelines for Consumers

2016 is probably one of the best places to start when trying to evaluate what your budget should be. This document guides that when ‘traditional building methods’ along with ‘reasonable finishes’ are to be employed, then one should guide a construction cost range for Domestic Extensions at a rate of €1500 to €1800 per m2, and ‘Where the construction methods are non-traditional and/or the level of finishes and/or fittings is high, you should use a cost in the order of €2,000 to €2,500 per m2’.

When starting out initially on your project your architect will advise you on the feasibility of your brief versus your budget before ever embarking on the design process, as it is of no use to either party to run blindly into a design, that will never see itself get off the page.

Joseph English MRIAI

JEArchitecture specialises in the bespoke design of extensions, one-off houses and residential developments. We understand our clients needs, in response to which we offer flexible, convenient appointments and payment terms. At all times we adhere to top-quality, best-practice, regulation and the highest of professional standards. Our signature style is Traditional Form with Contemporary Detailing.