How much will an architect cost you?

Below you will find a detailed breakdown of architect prices, together with descriptions what is included in the price and other necessary information that will help you make the best possible decision.

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Architect fee — per hour
Average cost R1350 / hour
Cost range R900R1800 / hour

Most architects will work for either an hourly rate or for a fixed fee based on a percentage of the construction costs. Typical fees range from 5% to 15% of construction costs for new construction, and from 15% to 20% for remodelling. Often it is difficult to estimate the cost of construction. The alternative is to charge per hour. According to SACAP a Registered Professional Architect with more than ten years’ experience, can charge roughly R1 800 per hour. For an architect, expect to pay between R900 / hour and R1800 / hour.

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3-bedroom house plan
Average cost R6000
Cost range R3000R9000

Even though we are witnessing a rapid increase in the proportion of two bedroom homes in SA, three-bedroom houses are still the most popular choice. A spacious 3-bedroom house can measure up to 200/sqm, but it usually measures between 120 and 150 square meters. The cost of a 3-bedroom house plan typically runs from R3000 to R9000, averaging at R6000.

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Pre-designed house plan
Average cost R5500
Cost range R3000R8000

With pre-designed house plans, homeowners can save considerable amounts of money and time. Nowadays, floor plans are not set in stone, so they can often be modified to fit your needs. This typically costs a little extra, but you’ll still save overall. The main argument against pre-designed house plans is that they can't always account for all your needs and requirements and completely adapt to the the chosen site and setting of your future home. The cost of a pre-designed house plan typically runs from R3000 to R8000, averaging at R5500.

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Estate compliance and Municipal preparation of a plan
Average cost R7500
Cost range R5000R8000

Procure a qualified architect or draughtsmen in order to prepare the plans for Municipal approval. While the preparation an submission of required documents in itself is fairly easy, dealing with the different departments involved, complying with all their requirements and negotiating the approval is the more difficult and very time consuming part. On average, expect to be charged between R5000 and R8000 for an estate compliance and Municipal preparation of a plan.

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House interior design project
Average cost R1000 / sqm
Cost range R500R1500 / sqm

This is the price of a complete interior design project, including concept design (sketches, moodboards, etc.), all necessary drawings (2D and 3D drawings, technical drawings, etc.), and project management per square metre. The final price will depend on the expertise and experience of the interior designer and the complexity of the project. The average cost of a House interior design project is R1000 / sqm, or typically between R500 / sqm and R1500 / sqm.

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Recent jobs for architects

Florida
Property type: Apartment/Flat
City or suburb where you need the service: Florida
Approx. size (sqm): 50
Estimated project start: 1–3 months
Hi - I currently have a cottage which was a previously converted garage that was already added onto. I want to now remodel this. It is along side another small bedroom (domestic quarter) which I want to breakthrough. The space will contain a small living room open planned with a bedroom and then the domestic quarters broken open to become a new bathroom. I would like this drawn up so I can get building / renovation costs.
Architects, House plan
Port Owen
Property type: House/Townhouse
City or suburb where you need the service: Port Owen
Approx. size (sqm): 200
Estimated project start: 1–3 months
Modern contemporary 4 bedroom house for family with kids. Property is on river bank overlooking estuary to South. Access road on Nortern side. Property slopes by 3m from road down to riverside. Cosy with entartainment space and maximum views of river. Double garage with storage space. Needs to comply with Admiral Island achitectural guidelines.
Gillitts
Property type: House/Townhouse
City or suburb where you need the service: gillit
Approx. size (sqm): 60
Estimated project start: Within a month
Interior remodel, removable on non load supporting walls to create open plan living. Extension to create more space, extend roof and or add awnings to create outdoor living space, add a pool, add a fire pit, add a deck, add a built in braai pizza oven/ outdoor kitchen and plan retaining walls. I require assistance in the planning, layout and drawings for the build project to be done in stages as and when finances are available.
Austerville
Property type: House/Townhouse
City or suburb where you need the service: Austerville
Approx. size (sqm): 50
Estimated project start: More than 3 months
This is a bit of a mixed request. We have a lot of space, but I am not sure how to keep it well organised. I have a 3 and 5 year old, so the house needs to be functional and safe, with no frills that I am unable to maintain. The kids spend most of their time indoors, as outside is not adequate for unsupervised play. We require set up of office space (for work from home), some organisation of my hobby & craft space, storage space and my kids' bedrooms. We also have a space which the previous owner used as a hair salon, which we are wanting to turn into a gym space (child friendly), however this section of the house will require some building work, as it is not properly waterproofed. There would also be some miscellaneous maintenance work required.
Waverley
Property type: House/Townhouse
City or suburb where you need the service: Waverley
Approx. size (sqm): 300
Estimated project start: More than 3 months
Garage 7 x 8 Leef area 7 x 8 (dalk klein bietjie groter?) Kombuis 5 x 4 Waskamer 4 x 3 Kind 1 kamer 4 x 4 Kind 2 kamer 4 x 4 Studeerkamer / Gastekamer 4 x 4,5 Badkamer 1 : 3 x 2,5 Gaste Toilet 1,5 x 2 Badkamer 2 (En suite) 3 x 2,5 Hoofslaapkamer 4,5 x 5 Stoep 6 x 4 Buite Braai area (pit) 4 x 4 Swembad 3 x 5
Architects, Interior design
Craighall
Property type: House/Townhouse
City or suburb where you need the service: Craighall
Approx. size (sqm): 600
Estimated project start: 1–3 months
We have bought a newly renovated stand alone house in Craighall. it has 4 bedrooms, two lounges and a dining room. My wishes: to have the home professionally decorated into a stylish, but comfortable home. It needs to be homely, but not basic. I generally like the traditional classic look but this house has modern elements and hence my need for assistance so that it doesn't look confused. The look needs to be sophisticated, but also functional because we have a toddler and family may still grow. Obviously it needs to be cost effective. Expectations: Never having used the services of interior design before, I am expecting collaboration on ideas, advise and sourcing right through to seeing to delivery and staging of the furniture and pieces. Regards
Johannesburg
Property type: House/Townhouse
City or suburb where you need the service: Eye of Africa, Johannesburg
Approx. size (sqm): 1500
Estimated project start: More than 3 months
6 Bedroom 4 Bathrooms 4 upstairs 1 in suit all with study space area 2 downstairs 1 in suit 1 Sacred Room for Prayer ((next to the main master bedroom) Open plan Kitchen (closed washing area), dining area and living area Laundry Room 2 Enclosed double Parking Swimming Pool Underground High sailing Basement Gym Photography Studio Thank you
Architects, Interior design
Makhado
Property type: Apartment/Flat
City or suburb where you need the service: Makhado
Approx. size (sqm): 500
Estimated project start: More than 3 months
I am not sure on the sqm, but I want to build bachelor flats. Looking at it from outside or far, it should look like one house but in actual fact, it should be 3-4 completely separate bachelor flats that share walls. I am not talking about a typical row of flats, it should look like house from the outside or at least far. I have attached a picture of how i would like each of the flats to look like but there is no picture of how it should look like on the outside. I want modern finishes but not too luxurious, the aim is to rent it out to semi-professionals. Key things are clear separation between areas like bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen, there should be enough room for a double size bed, 4 seat L couch, TV, built in bedroom and kitchen cupboards, sink, washing machine, fridge, kitchen table etc. Keep in mind its a bachelor not a 1 bedroom. The aim is to build at least 4* 3-4 bachelor flats so in total i need about 12-16 flats but obviously i want to start with one unit. Each flat must have its own shower&toilet, small geyser, electrical and water meter and an undercover parking. Roof can be sink. Windows and doors plain other finishes can be discussed in future. My key purpose at the moment is a estimate quotation and possible designs or suggestions.
Moot
Property type: House/Townhouse
City or suburb where you need the service: Moot
Approx. size (sqm): 300
Estimated project start: More than 3 months
Ground floor 6x12m- double garage 1st floor 6x12m - toilet, kitchen, laundry, dinning, living, stoep with built-in braai, pool 2nd floor 6x6m - loft 2 bedroom 2 ensuite bathroom bath and shower 3rd and 4th floor is duplicate of 1 and 2 - Open plan, glass, steel, wood, concrete, solar and gas
Architects, Interior design
Epsom Downs
Property type: Apartment/Flat
City or suburb where you need the service: Epsom Downs
Approx. size (sqm): 53
Estimated project start: Within a month
I’m looking for someone who can understand small spaces and maximize the use of it. Looking for simple, exquisite, modern And functional design. Have a small space so need it to be homely and practical and have the necessities. It’s currently a bachelor pad and need it to be more livable since we’re now spending more time at home.