Cost Saving Options

COST SAVING OPTIONS WITH PLANS PLUS PERMITS

At Plans Plus Permits, we want you to be smart with your money. We understand that in the building industry, there are bad corners to cut that could take you down a financial rabbit hole, but also good ones. We want to help you avoid paying for unnecessary fees and services and understand the good and bad risks to take along your journey.

There are many unavoidable fees when working with architects, but we offer many cost saving option to help you lower your architectural fees!

“I do not require any 3D”

If you think you have a great spatial mind and able to visualize things from 2D drawings, then this is the option for you.

In today’s design industry, 3D modeling and presentations are usually included in the fees. We understand that some projects may not require a 3D representation and you are happy with just seeing 2D drawings, so request this option if you want to save some time and cost.

Potential risks: If you are not trained in understanding 2D drawings, you may find it difficult to visualize the design, therefore misinterpretations can lead to more design revisions and more fees

“I will select building finishes by myself”

This option is perfect for clients who want to value manage the design themselves.

There are many building finishes (such as brick type, wall paint color, floorboard product etc) that need to be specified when building your project. Architectural fees include sourcing and specifying the right finishes with the client, usually based on the material palette conceptualized during the design stage while assessing cost.

However, if you want to search for the right finishes for the right cost yourself, then make sure to select this option for further cost savings. During the design development stage we will give you a list of products to search for, and we will assess the appropriateness and approve your selections for construction.

Potential risks: Architects have a wide knowledge of building products and know where to find them, so without the architectural assistance, the process may take longer than expected.

“I will select internal fixtures by myself”

This option is perfect for clients who wants to value manage the design themselves.

There are many internal fixtures (such as sinks/taps, appliances, lighting etc) that need to be specified when building your project. Architectural fees include sourcing and specifying the right fixtures with the client, usually based on the conceptual look and brief requirements while assessing cost.

However, if you want to search for the right fixtures for the right cost yourself, then make sure to select this option for further cost savings. During the design development stage we will give you a list of products to search for, and we will assess the appropriateness and approve your selections for construction.

Potential risks: Architects have a wide knowledge of building products and know where to find them, so without the architectural assistance, the process may take longer than expected.

 “I will search and engage consultants myself”

This option is for clients who want to save some fees by engaging consultants they personally know and trust.

Depending on the scale and the type of your project, you may require a number of external consultants to assist in the realization of your project (such as land surveyors, building surveyors, structural engineers etc).

As part of our architectural service, we will search and gather multiple quotes from right consultants for clients to approve and engage. If you are comfortable with liaising and searching for local consultants yourself, then you can take control of who you engage while saving on architectural fees. We will simply confirm which consultants and services we require for the project, and you simply go hunting.

Risks: We have relationships with certain consultants who we have worked with and trust. They may not always be the lowest in cost, but we can be confident about quality and cooperativeness. If you are selecting consultants yourself, you may be in risk of receiving poor service from consultants we have never dealt with.