If you would like to consult Gruhe Architects, we would generally arrange to meet and discuss your project, preferably at the location of the proposed work. This will enable us to gain a better understanding of the context and the work that may be required. At the meeting, we discuss in detail your aspirations and requirements, advice on design opportunities and constraints, architectural services / party wall issues that may be required, relevant statutory / construction procedures and timescales. You may also see some examples of our work that may be appropriate to your project. This meeting is also useful to assess if we will be able to have a good working relationship with each other.
Following this initial meeting, we will be able to provide you with a fee proposal based on a letter of intent, with a stage by stage breakdown of costs.
If the fee proposal is acceptable and you would like to commission Gruhe Architects, we will then send you a form of Appointment published by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), to formalize our agreement. We calculate our fee based on the size, complexity and our involvement on the project. In most projects, it is a fixed fee based as a lump sum or a percentage of the construction value, however in projects where the amount of work is not quantifiable; we tend to use an hourly rate.