We are committed to developing high quality and carefully considered designs. We achieve this by working alongside clients during the design stage, either in close collaboration or by leading the design process. Our value-for-money designs provide innovative, sustainable and, desirable solutions.
We pride ourselves on explaining design concepts to our clients in easily understood terms that avoid confusion, or better still using 3D computer modelling – a picture paints a thousand words!
Project estimation and accuracy is vital for clients on any sort of budget. We match the brief and possible design solution to a cost or budget. Ensuring accurate costing at an early stage is important. Our comprehensive documentation leads to accurate and competitive pricing. The more information provided, the better the contractors and sub-contractors can price the project, resulting in cost effective solutions. On limited budgets, some items will need to be prioritized and this can be achieved early in the project.
Continued consultation with the client is crucial and we take every step to keep our clients fully informed, and to also manage expectations. It is never too late to alter an item, keeping in mind the cost consequences of that change.
Knowing how much and when you will be charged for our services is important in planning and managing the project. This will be discussed early in the design process so everyone knows and can agree on what is expected. Our charges are typically time and disbursements or a percentage of the construction cost depending on the type of project.
We can invoice monthly on a ‘work to date’ basis or arrange to invoice at certain stages. This will all be discussed and agreed prior to commencing.
Studio26 Architects Ltd are a member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) and use the NZIA contracts for the Agreement for Architects Services.
The NZIA contracts provide a description of the outputs of each stage, and these can help to better explain what is involved in each step of the process.