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Preliminary Estimates/ Budget

The preliminary estimates are important. This is not the cost of construction. It includes: -

  • The project feasibility;

  • The requirements of the financial institutions with

respect to fees; e.g. the bank charges, legal fees;

  • The actual building construction cost;

  • The topographic plan;

  • Surveying;

  • Electricity connection;

  • Telephone connection;

  • Site works;

  • Insurance;

  • Valuation fees;

  • Contingency fund.

For instance, if the prospective homeowner has a projected Budget of EC$300,000.00, the architect has to take account of the values assumed at different stages and the different costs. Whatever is left will be the construction cost. The architect has to shape the remaining amounts to fit the proposed design.

Design Development Stage

The Design Development Stage is critical. The architect needs to get information to conceptualize the project based on the configuration of rooms and their size. It is important for the homeowner to discuss with the architect other issues, including the type of finishing. The floor finish could have painted, concrete, vinyl, ceramic, porcelain, marble or

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