At Procompare, we have been tracking prices and seasonal trends for many years. Based on our proprietary data of historical project costs (acquired from thousands of our Pros) and other cost data from various respectable sources, we have put together a 2021 house planning cost guide, where we have gathered all the necessary information for you to make the best possible decision.

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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Draftsperson — per hour fee
Average cost R700 / hour
Cost range R500R900 / hour

A draftsperson creates blueprints for designing new homes and additions to existing ones. He prepares architectural plans and technical drawings. A draftsperson can charge by the hour or by the square metre (see below). A set of plans for a typical 3-bedroom house takes at least 10 hours to complete. The size and the complexity of the project will also have an impact on the price. Hiring a draftsperson to do a simple house plan is still cheaper than having an architect do it—they can charge up to twice as much. Draftsperson costs range between R500 / hour and R900 / hour with an average of R700 / hour.

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Structural engineer
Average cost R150 / m2
Cost range R100R200 / m2

A structural engineer is an engineer who specialises in the structure of buildings. They determine the strength and durability of a building. They are a key professional in the construction process. The cost to hire a structural engineer typically runs from R100 / m2 to R200 / m2, averaging at R150 / m2.

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Quantity surveyor
Average cost R250 / m2
Cost range R200R300 / m2

Quantity surveyors are responsible for managing all financial aspects of your construction project, both in terms of cost for material and labour. Before the start of construction, a Quantity Surveyor provides a detailed breakdown of the cots on the basis of architectural plans. Based on this report, the builder can can tender a quote. On average, quantity surveyors charge between R200 / m2 and R300 / m2.

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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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Approval of house plan by yourself — submission fee
Average cost R1500
Cost range R800R2200

The submission fee is the price you will pay for submitting your documents to the council. The average cost of a submission fee for approval of house plan is R1500, or typically between R800 and R2200.

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Approval of house plan by yourself — price
Average cost R20 / m2
Cost range R15R25 / m2

Once the building plans for your new home or renovations have been drawn up, you will need to submit them for approval. You can do this yourself or hire a professional to do it for you. Approval of house plan by yourself costs range between R15 / m2 and R25 / m2 with an average of R20 / m2.

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Recent jobs for house planning

Architects, Architects
Durban North
Property type: House/Townhouse
City or suburb where you need the service: Durban North
Approx. size (sqm): 1200
Estimated project start: 1–3 months
You can contact my wife anytime or you can contact me via email, as I said I am stuck abroad due to the current Covid pandemic. The request is quite simple: We have an old house in Durban North that we have renovated and now we want to do the following works: Carport for the granny flat. This actually already installed but not on the original house plans Veranda shelter by the pool. This actually already installed but not on the original house plans boundary wall is the old precast fence panels that we want to clad with concrete. Not sure if this requires planning permission Install 2 shipping containers, which will be converted into a Gym/storage, carport and workshop area. The attached simple drawings I have prepared will explain the above: a) Site Plan: this will show what is the actual as of today and points 1&2 b) Container Design 3: Is the top view of point 4 c) Container Design 3 Roof: Is the side views and roof design of point 4. So our request is we want an Architect to advise costs for making the plans and getting planning permission approval.
Johannesburg
Property type: House/Townhouse
City or suburb where you need the service: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Approx. size (sqm): 300
Estimated project start: More than 3 months
I'd like to know if there are architects willing to work abroad , since we are looking for professionals who can build our house in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. If so, what are your terms. We'd like to build a new house or remodel our current house ( G+3 , sqm ) . We are looking for a modern house with bright interior & a plunge pool included. Hope to hear from you . Kind Regards,
Phoenix
Property type: House/Townhouse
City or suburb where you need the service: Phoenix
Approx. size (sqm): 24
Estimated project start: Within a month
Deck and build on a portion of the existing building that was not extended. The area is 8m X 3m. Not a big or fancy extension. Basically, the extension involves decking of the area, three external wall. One dividing internal wall to make two room, with one inter leading door. Access to the new rooms will be from the existing building. Each room will have one window. Preferred contact time - after 4PM.
Newcastle
Property type: House/Townhouse
City or suburb where you need the service: cape town
Approx. size (sqm): 600
Estimated project start: More than 3 months
3 Bedroom duplex-using Nutec material; Bottom 1 bedroom, shower, toilet, basin Kitchen & Diningroom Top 2 toilets, shower & bath; 2 rooms upstairs and 1 bathroom (toliet, basin, bath) Sliding doors top & bottom; stairs inside; verandah top& bottom Granny Flat Kitchen, diningroom, toilet, shower, basin, room Lots of cupboard space (BIC)
Pinelands
Property type: House/Townhouse
City or suburb where you need the service: Pinelands, Cape Town
Approx. size (sqm): 57
Estimated project start: Within a month
I am looking to redecorate my lounge and main bedroom only as budget is limited. Happy to consider trainees, junior members of a design team or freelancers as long as they have a good eye for colour and can put a room together. Lounge is 5m x 8m (4 large windows, loads of light) Bedroom 3.5m x 5m Sourcing for decor items from retail outlets preferred. I am not looking for bespoke custom made furniture at this point as my kids are small (4 & 7) and will ruin beautiful, expensive furniture. I've attached pictures of some styles I like.
Architects, Architects
Mondeor
Property type: House/Townhouse
City or suburb where you need the service: Mondeor
Approx. size (sqm): 2278
Estimated project start: More than 3 months
Hi, We looking into a triple floor flat roof cluster house were the under ground will be more of a safety floor for the family without no one but the family knowing about it. The Land is situated by the beautiful set against the Klipriver Nature Reserve with Spectacular Views! Then would love for the ground floor to contain a kitchen, reception, lounge, family room, Indoor glass sliding doors from the garage, Indoor Gym, play floor with bumper cars & few games around for the kids, indoor tennis court and a lovely indoor playing room for the girls, With a lovely patio by the outside swimming pool that will have a view of the Outside Tennis Court. Moving to the 2nd floor that will consist of a lovely glass floor office, Cinema Room, Indoor Swimming Room,1 glorious master bedroom with a dressing room and 5 separate bedrooms with 2 separate bathrooms. I would love for bedrooms to have a stunning more of a fascinating balcony that has a waterfall or water fountain. Kindly leave a space for my organic fruits and vegetable garden and a lovely garden.. I would love to use the same Architects for my grandma's house at Joberton at Klerkdorp in North West but that project has to strictly be for 2 months not more than that.. Looking forward to this lovely & exciting projects!! Best Regards Mrs.
Port Elizabeth
Property type: House/Townhouse
City or suburb where you need the service: Port Elizabeth
Approx. size (sqm): 1000
Estimated project start: 1–3 months
Double store house, 2 wings with 4 garages, House entry way (avoid big hollow space) Double garages on each wing, No round poles (hate them), 4 bedrooms with 2 en-suites Separate study with built in book shelves, Main bedroom with a balcony Main bedroom with a big shower + tab, Other en-suite with shower only Downstairs bathroom both shower + tab, Separate cottage with en suite Kitchen with a scullery and pantry, 2 Lounges, BIG main lounge A big solar system for load shedding, Geyser solar system like I have now (Must) Solar system connected to lights, Plus/ minus swimming pool (Optional)
Pretoria
Property type: House/Townhouse
City or suburb where you need the service: Pretoria
Approx. size (sqm): 570
Estimated project start: 1–3 months
Redo the house . It will be an empty shell. I have 2 properties that must be renovated . the first house has 1 Kitchen 2 bathrooms, 3 bedrooms ,1 lounge ,1 dinning , 1 small study and 1 double garage . The other house has has 4 bedrooms ,1 kitchen ,2 bathrooms , 1 lounge , 1 dinning room, 1 tv room small and 1 double garage .
Hartebeesfontein
Property type: House/Townhouse
City or suburb where you need the service: Hartbeespoort dam
Approx. size (sqm): 370
Estimated project start: Within a month
1. 5 en suite bedroom (main with dressing room) each bedroom must have veranda ( 2 bedroom down stairs) 2. Tv room 3. Dinning room 4. Lounge 5. Cinema 6. Kitchen, scurleruy, pantry 7. Laundry 8. Close balcony 9. Domestic room x 2 10. Mini lift that can accommodate 2 people 11. Pyjama lounge 12. 2 double garage 13. Closed veranda
Lonehill
Property type: House/Townhouse
City or suburb where you need the service: Lonehill
Approx. size (sqm): 1000
Estimated project start: 1–3 months
I am looking to remodel our main bedroom by breaking the wall between the main bathroom and the maid quarters, which means the bathroom will move into the main quarters. I am going to need an architect to give advise. Also need to build a wall in the front of the house. 40 meter in length and 3 meters in height