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    • #709385
      Griffin
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      Hey folks,

      Apologies if this is the wrong place to ask this question, how much would it be for two sets of plans (one is an alternative layout) for a downstairs bathroom to be added to a house ?

      The scenario: My dad has a dodgy hip & the doctor has recommended that they get a downstairs bathroom added on, there is an existing structure there with plumbing but this is pretty much a lean to & to qualify for the grant they would have to knock it down & start from scratch.

      My parents want to make the room into what would be currently be a sun room but which in several years could end up as a bedroom (ensuite). The health board I believe pay 90% of the cost of the construction.

      They’ve been quoted a price already for plans which they have to pay for themselves I just want to make sure they’re not being taken advantage of.

      Appreciate any quotes/advice.

    • #789255
      Anonymous
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      it’s not the sort of job an architectural practise would take one, given that it’s so small. if it’s a nixer for somebody you should be expecting to pay them a reasonable contract rate for their time, but not the full whack as there wouldn’t be as much in the way of overheads that would push a practise’s fees up.

      if you wanted a survey, sketch design and planning drawings for a small effort like that your nixerer would probably aim for 800-1200 for their time, with additional costs for planning fees, newspaper ad and possibly copying.

    • #789256
      Anonymous
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      Mightn’t be advisable to have this done as a nixer. If it’s grant approved, it’s going to need certification at the end to state that it’s in compliance with Planning (unless it’s exempt) and Building Regulations. Check with whoever is providing the grant what they will require in terms of certification at the end of the job and then look for someone who can give you that level of service, and make sure they have PI as this will be a requirement for grant purposes. There isn’t any such thing as a small job anymore, this might require planning permission which would entail a full survey of the house and site, preparation of the sketch scheme ( 2options ?) then preparation of planning drawings etc. aswell as any certification which might be required. I don’t think you’ll get that for € 800 – € 1200.

    • #789257
      Anonymous
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      They’ve been quoted €2,500 which to me sounded excessive for drawings, I agree that a proper contract rate should be achieved, but what is essentially a duplicate set of drawings shouldn’t cost this much surly ?

    • #789258
      Anonymous
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      Depends on the work involved Griffin. If the development does not require Planning Permission, then I would say that € 2500 is probably a bit excessive alright. However, if Planning is required there’s a minimum amount of infomation necessary to get any application, no matter how small, through the validation process. Even preparing and copying the application documents can be a time consuming process. Even if it doesn’t require Planning you’re going to need some thought put into how to the thing is going to be built, and put enough info on the drawings for someone to approve it for grant purposes, and for a builder to build it, and you want 2 versions aswell ! € 2500 might be a bit pricey, but you don’t want some half arsed job either, so see what is proposed for that fee and decide from there.

    • #789259
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Thanks for the advice guys

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