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Architecture – Terms of service and prices

If you are looking for FREE ideas, feel free to browse my past designs in House plans and Apartment plans pages, use Google Images Search and find yourself ideas. DO NOT disturb me unnecessarily except if you need few minutes of consultation about my past designs. DO NOT ask me to make new designs for free! If you want one of my past designs in editable DWG format, to customize a floor plan or to design a new floor plan according your requirements, I have the right to charge money.

If you are PAYING, I can my partners can make a new design according your requirements. Specify if you need only a schematic floor plan, or a complete set of architectural drawings (detailed floor plans, elevations, sections, foundation, plumbing, electrical drawings, structural engineering, plus 3D model).

Update: I (Teoalida) will NOT make any more architectural designs. I lost interest to architecture thanks to these IDIOTS who wasted too much time per project, paid too little or not paid at all.

I have partner architects in India, Nigeria, Philippines, Romania and United States. It is for benefits or both ME and YOU, to have your project done by my partner architects. They have university (I don’t have) and offered to work for me if I am too busy but seeing their high experience and cheap prices I decided to pass them ALL architectural projects, to free my time so I can focus on data providing industry where I get paid 10x higher than in architecture.

I do NOT post their contact info here to protect them from being spammed by people looking for free services. You need to confirm your budget with me then I will put you in contact with the most suitable architect, you discuss project details and negotiate price with them instead of me. You can pay me and I pay him or you can pay him directly.

House in Ethiopia

I am sorry for the FEW serious paying customers, but I no longer have time to answer 10 chats and emails, discuss and understand project requirements to quote a price, if only 1 does pay while other 9 disrespect me asking free consultation, free sketches, in some cases even complete set of drawings for free, or paying but too little (especially from India).

If you do not agree to have project done by an architect from my team, go find yourself an architect, DO NOT contact me and ask to design your house myself. I will NOT waste my time designing new houses no matter how many million dollars are you paying.

If you are architect and want to work for me, you are welcome, even students. But I cannot guarantee that all leads I send you, will pay.

leaving architecture business.

Procedure of architectural design service

First, email me your lot plan so I can see exact dimensions and orientation, or at least tell me length and width of your land.

Describe project requirements: in case of single family houses how many floors and rooms do you require, in case of apartment blocks, number of floors, apartments per floor and rooms per apartment. If you have other requirements, tell them all. I will show you several samples to understand your tastes in terms in floor plan and external design, and may ask you other requirements.

Alternatively you can choose one of my designs shown on website and suggest changes, or provide your own sketch (even a pencil drawing) and I will convert it into a professional drawing, or provide photos of local houses taken yourself.

I will show you few designs made in the past and ask you which one do you like more, in some cases I quickly edit a design to show you a conceptual idea as PNG screenshot (please do not judge the quality of service by “first sketch”, it usually have furniture but lack windows and other details).

Now you need to make first payment, BEFORE starting drawing the custom design according your requirements. During design you can suggest changes in dimensions of each room, I will add windows and correct furniture, and I send you final error-free design in PDF format.

You are advised to show the final floor plan to your family or colleagues and make sure everyone will like it, before proceeding to detailed construction drawings. When you are ready, we need to discuss a lot of other details to make sure that the building will be livable and will follow the building code of your country. Including ceiling height, windows size and position, etc. I will make a draft 3D design and show you, you can again suggest changes, and when everything is decided I make final 3D design and final PDF files containing floor plan, elevations and sections. In some cases I send also DWG file that you can edit yourself.

You can pay in stages, 30% for floorplan 30% for draft 3D design, 40% when final 3D design and elevations are completed. Even after full payment I can still revise the drawings free of charge until you are 100% satisfied.

Had customers willing to pay in advance, some customers do not trust me and want to have project finished before paying and “pay only if like it”, which is risky for me because I waste time designing something that customer may not like and don’t pay. If you are along these people, feel free to go to someone else, I am no longer making free drawings hoping to convince you to pay for complete project.

Occasionally (10% of cases) even if you don’t pay, I get personally interested in the layout you you require and I redesign it with greater care, sometimes at different dimensions, to publish it on website as sample for future customers. Example: Pakistan 20x60ft sketch vs final floor plan.

Price of architectural design service

I calculate price based on number of rooms (we count as rooms: bedrooms, living room, family room, study room, but not kitchen and smaller rooms) and the location where it is going to be built.

Single-family houses:

$20 per room for concept floor plan (example PNG / example PDF).

This job takes 1-2 hours when designing according my own rules, but when designing for customers, it can take few hours or days depending by how many revisions do you ask.

$100 per room for detailed architectural drawings (floor plan, elevations, sections, example PNG) + 3D design.

This job take 10-20 hours if your requirements are clear, this job involve a lot of communication to decide every detail, it can stretch on days / weeks if you ask many revisions and slow communication via email.

Designing a 3D model like JUN’s house takes 3-4 hours, high-detail geometry like Trianon Palace took about 100 hours.

Multi-family houses: for 2 or more identical houses, price will rise with 25% of the price of initial house.

Apartment blocks: gross floor area up to 400 sqm = $400, up to 800 sqm = $600, up to 1600 sqm = $800, up to 3200 sqm = $1000, and so on.

Above prices are valid for third-world countries (India, Pakistan, Burma, Indonesia, Philippines, rest of Africa, etc).
Middle-income countries (Malaysia, Thailand, Latin America, Middle East to Maroc, South Africa, etc) need to pay 1.5x more.
High-income countries (Europe, United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore, etc) need to pay 2x more.

Above prices are valid as 2016 for historical reference only. I decided to NOT make new designs for customers at request (except in special cases, if you come with an interesting project and I am not too busy, I will do concept floor plan only).

I do not have a specific number of revisions, because I can show you drawing progress and you can suggest changes before finishing it. But I had paying customers who asked changes back and forth, disturbing my schedule, delaying me from doing my “other business”. While may be logical to charge extra fees from customers asking excessive revisions, the inability to know in advance how much time will take each project discourage me to engage in new architectural projects.

For new customers: I will connect you with my partner architect teams, here are prices of Indian and Philippines partners for single family houses or small apartment blocks (<20 units):

Preliminary design – $300-600
– Floor plan and elevation in PDF and AutoCAD format
– 3D Model and 2 Computer Generated Images taken from the model. 3D Studio Max file and PNG

Submission drawings – $1000-2000
– Architectural Plans and details (done by Architect)
– Structural Analysis Report (done by a Structural Engineer)
– Structural Plans and Details (based on the Structural Analysis, integrated into plans by Architect)
– Electrical Plans and Details (advised and drafted by an Electrical Engineer but drawn by Architect for integration into the plan)
– Sanitary Plans and Details (advised and prepared by a Sanitary Engineer and done by me for compilation)
– Bill of Quantities done by Architect

Personally I use only AutoCAD, my partners use also ArchiCAD, Blender, Revit, 3D Studio Max

Purchase ready-made AutoCAD DWG files

If you are NOT interested to design a custom floor plan for you, you can buy ready-made AutoCAD DWG files of my past projects and edit them yourself.

Price: $20 starting fee + $20 for each house plan, $20, $30, $40 for apartment blocks. The price formula is made to give discount for bulk purchase. If you want one house DWG file you pay $40, if you want 5 DWG files you pay $120.

3D designs are also AutoCAD DWG files and can be sold at negotiable prices.

How to purchase: contact me and specify what drawings you want to purchase, for purchasing 1 drawing you can click PAY button below, for purchasing multiple drawings I will make them a ZIP archive and put it on server, create a product in Store so you can pay with PayPal or credit card and receive the files automatically in your email.

Around 2015 I was thinking to turn website into an online shop with BUY buttons at every project so you can buy each drawing individually automatically without contacting me, but doing so I was not able to offer discounts for bulk purchases. Also, by contacting me BEFORE paying we can make sure that you are not wasting money buying floor plans that do not fit your requirements.

Do not ask for free DWG files because I do not give my projects for free! If you are student and want free drawings, go on BiblioCAD.com and download what other people have uploaded there. Most drawings on BiblioCAD are made by students so quality is not comparable with mine, and you cannot contact designers to make modifications, which I do, this is why I charge money for my service.

Notes

If you want a fast reply you are advised to contact me via LIVE CHAT in bottom-left corner of screen. If you contact me via email or comments, you NEED to reply at email and confirm that you are interested, before making any sketch for you. So far 50% of people sending emails or offline messages never reply after my reply (up to 90% in case of Indians, which probably request house designs on multiple websites and by the time I reply them. they are no longer interested in my service).

I get contacted by many non-serious people, some looking for consultation and not interested in my full service. People who are just dreaming for a house, not ready to build it, undecided, etc. Such people do not deserve attention and can be forgotten, but they makes me difficult to identify the serious people interested in my services, to pay attention to their projects.

If you are really interested in my services, and I accidentally forgotten you, just contact me again. I do not enjoy re-emailing every one to ask if you are ready / still interested in my services.

If you like my concept but have another architect/designer to do final project, I can sell you any of floor plans displayed on website, in editable .DWG file. This may save some time of your designer. But don’t forget that I can also offer a personalized floor plan for your requirements!

If you pay your designer but do not want to pay me too, DO NOT ask a free sketch from me, go from start to your designer.

Funny case: I do a FREE 20-min sketch, the customer likes it, then when we negotiate price for the construction drawings, he say that cannot pay because he have no money and is just helping his mom / brother / cousin / boss, to find a good concept plan. But hey, you do not need to pay for first sketch! Instead, you should tell about me to your family, so when they are ready to build their home, to come at me for the final drawings.

Should reorganize website?

Some people may suggest to organize the website in separate posts for every house plan, and tag them like India-style, 2-storey, 3-bedroom, 100-200 sqm, modern house, etc, so we can filter them, like in a Blog. However, I DISAGREE, this system can be used only if I have large number of projects finalized including 3D design, and will encourage people to serve themselves and steal my works, then where the “services and prices” should be shown? Showing on a single page few houses in different architectural styles plus prices may encourage people to contact me and eventually turn into customers. Probably there are already too many houses on website and would be better to delete few of them and keep only the BEST 10.

Statistics: most downloaded house plans (as 2014).
House & apartment design statistics (Excel file with all my house and apartment designs, one per row, showing room size of each room for calculating gross floor area and compare different housing models).

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    • rashpal on April 15, 2015 at 5:22 am
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    Hi

    I would like have your professional consultant advice, regarding of my piece of land, which is approximately 730 sqft . It’s located in Malaysia.

    I hope you can draft a simple idea for me , i would utilized this land for our future stay, like a small house , me and family,

    My intention double storey . Which provided 3 room 2 bath . Will be great if can design the layout

    Thanks in advanced ,

    Regards
    Rashpal

    1. We talked over CHAT, I sent you a sketch, you said that will purchase the land then talk again, I emailed you a second sketch then did not heard any reply. What’s going on?
      Did you purchased the land? I am worried about you… trying to purchase a cheap piece of land in an old Kampong which was half demolished during last years. What if tomorrow the government send you eviction notice too? Your investment will be GONE.
      Sorry if I am wrong. Maybe you can help me with info about Malaysia kampong clearance programme?

    • May on April 20, 2015 at 12:38 pm
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    Hi. can you do a complete architectural design including floor plans/elevations/sections,etc. for a single storey rowhouse here in Philippines? It will be a 4 unit apartment, 1 bedroom 1 toilet, kitchen and living room for each unit. Just a simple design.. Size of each unit is 5×5 square meters. Thanks. and hope to hear from you..

    1. Yes I can do complete architectural drawings… as I did for JUN and Jhanice seen on page.
      But first tell me total land dimensions, are you sure that 5×5 is optimum size? https://www.teoalida.com/design/sketches/one-room.png
      Then I am SAD for the families who cannot afford more than 25 sqm. For a normal family the minimum should be 2 bedroom, about 40 sqm.
      How many people do you think that will live in each house? What would be the rent or sale price?

    • Van on May 9, 2015 at 5:11 am
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    Hi There,

    I just want to inquire how much will it cost me if you will design my dream 1 storey family house.
    Planned Floor Area: 135.0 sq.m.
    Bedrooms: 4
    Bathrooms: 2
    Lot Size: 292.0 sq.m.
    1 Garage Bays

    Thank you in advance to your help.

    Regards,
    Van

    1. Didn’t you see on previous comments and also at top of page, that you need to provide length and width of the land if you want to design a new house for you?
      Without length and width, I can only tell to look at my past projects… nearly square https://www.teoalida.com/design/Semi-Detached-House-54-91-107sqm.png or long and narrow https://www.teoalida.com/design/Shotgun-House.png
      Price for complete project with elevations, sections and 3D design will be 250 USD.

    • mae on June 9, 2015 at 8:22 am
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    Good day,I have 80sq meters lot length 10meters width 8meters..what design would you recommend 2 story house 1 bedroom and 1 cr together wtih the kitchen and dinning on the ground floor and 2 bedrooms at the upper storey, I will utilize the space firewall at the back & right side.

    1. Lots with bigger width than depth are not favorable. And if there is only 3 bedrooms in the house, putting one on lower floor will make living room extremely small. I suggest either 3 bedrooms on upper floor, either 3 bedrooms on upper floor plus 1 in lower floor. If you want only 2 bedrooms at upper floor then how do you cover rest of space? open terrace?

      You left an INVALID EMAIL. The only GOOD part is that I didn’t wasted time designing a sketch that I cannot send you!
      I tried to email you above question and email bounced back, you checked to be notified via email if someone reply at comment, but with invalid email you won’t be notified.

    • c.p.flora betzi on June 25, 2015 at 11:38 am
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    Sir,

    Width 28 length 35 Pl send us 3 bedroom sketch ground floor 1 bed room 1 hall 1 kitchen and dining call 1st floor 2 bed room and attached bath

    1. This is a quick modification of another sketch: https://www.teoalida.com/design/sketches/28ft.png
      One bedroom at ground floor makes living-dining ridiculous small, What do you suggest? I suggest putting all 3 bedrooms on upper floor. Open space at front at back is OK, or you want also in a side? since the your land plot is big enough.
      Do you pay for fully-detailed floor plans, elevations, 3D design, etc as required for building permit, or just needing a floor plan sketch for ideas?

      1. This was another indian time-waster who leave comment then NEVER REPLY after emailing him twice.
        Probably left similar comments on 10 other sites and someone gave him a suitable sketch faster than me.

    • christopher on July 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm
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    good day sir,i have 100sqm lot 10m x10m.what design would you recommend for me for 2storey house that has 3bedroom with toilet in master room and car garage and fire wall at the rightside..thank you and more power

    1. What come in my mind is a combination between https://www.teoalida.com/design/Squarish-House-100sqm.png and https://www.teoalida.com/design/Detached-House-55-80sqm.png, L-shaped with carport in opposite side of the firewall.

      Do you want fully-detailed floor plans, elevations, 3D design, etc, as required for building permit, or just needing a floor plan sketch for ideas?

    • christopher on July 2, 2015 at 7:48 pm
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    wow very nice,fantastic floor plan..i would loved if you do the fully detailed floor plans for the 3+1 bedroom with carport and firewall..thank you very much for

    1. How much do you pay for complete project? Actually the price formula is public on page, $50 x number of rooms = $200 for you. But first… I invite you for a live chat and let’s explore alternative options and decide rest of details, to make a house for you unique and better than the samples shown on page.
      PS: you did not saw the floor plans shown on website before leaving comment? Do you browse with images and chat turned off?

  1. Every person have different standard we are having business in Dubai UAE and having land 25000 sqr.meter in india. would like to make a four bed room house with frond and back garden and under ground parking house to be built on 2000 sqrtr in centre of land

    1. I think that you confused meters with feet, in the form you submitted at same time with comment you stated 200 x 1250 ft. 4-bedroom houses can be 200 sqm, not 2000 sqm. 1 sqm = 1.07 sq ft.
      This may be a nice house. I emailed you but did not received any reply

    • alexander asidera on January 12, 2016 at 9:53 pm
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    Can i have a sketches for a 80sqm floorplan.. with a 3bedroom. 2 toilet 1 kitchen 1living room and 1 balcony for bongalo type of house… and how much it will takes… iam from philippines… thanks

    1. Without knowing length and width of your 80 sqm land, I can’t make a sketch. You can look at pre-made drawings such as https://www.teoalida.com/design/Bungalow-House-38-56sqm.png but you see that a house with 3 bedrooms and 2 toilets need 56 sqm so is difficult to fit in 80 sqm lot considering the setbacks, now depending if you can use firewall on all 3 sides?

    • alexander asidera on January 13, 2016 at 9:44 am
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    Sir my lot is 300sqm. My dream house is 80sqm.. including the 1 master bedroom w own toilet.. the 2 more bedroom for my daugther and future son child i want to have toilet on the midle of it. 1 living room 1 kitchen. 1 balcony at the back of my house.. because sir my lot is in the front of road and the sun raise is in the back of my future house.. and pls give me a cost estimation… for the house that you sketch… thanks you very much… if i have enough savingsto build the house… i will ask you for your service until i satisfy…. thank you very much..

    1. Can you tell me dimensions of that 300 sqm lot? need to know how narrow and long is. 80 sqm for 3-bedrooms is typical size for Philippines. My favorite floor plan is https://www.teoalida.com/design/Bungalow-House-110sqm.png which can be downsized for you. Let me know if you want different room arrangement.
      Price: $200 design service to do complete project, and cost to build average $400 per sqm (USD), now depending by quality of material used.

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