Architectural design services – procedure and pricing

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).

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Update: I (Teoalida) will NOT make any more architectural designs. Thank you to these customers, they convinced me that architecture is the WORST profession for me.

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 diploma in architecture (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 and focus on IT / data providing industry.

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 to discuss project details.

I am sorry for the FEW serious customers who wanted to pay me and have project done by me, but I CANNOT continue offering a service when most people want house plans for FREE. Simply answering chats and emails, discuss project requirements to quote a price, is a waste of time if 90% never pay, only 10% have paid me and only after seeing (part of) work done. Once got paid, some customers were not satisfied or changed mind so I had to do changes (wasting my time from doing other jobs) then I cannot sell same design to multiple people (like how I sell databases) because in architecture each customer have different requirements, making whole profession of architect a waste of time.

Website traffic rose from 100 visitors per day in 2012 to 1000 visitors per day in 2015, thus is more profitable to sell completed projects instead of making projects on request basis. Very few people buy floor plan drawings compared with IT companies buying databases, so I no longer like architecture, and the customers needing new projects I pass to other architects who do not have other jobs and can work whole month on a single house project. Read more: leaving architecture business.

I am hiring architects

If you are architect or studying architecture, have some free time and want a part-time job, you are welcome to be my partner. Show your portfolio!

If your experience is limited to Paper to CAD conversion or 3D modeling based on floorplans provided, I do not need you. I need real architects that can communicate with my customers, understand project details, negotiate price, make a floorplan without any reference and be prepared to revise it until customer is happy. You can take payments from customers and pay me a referral fee, or instruct customers to pay me and I pay you, keeping my fee.

Having a portfolio website like mine will help customers I am sending you to trust you. I cannot guarantee a constant flow of customers so you need to have other jobs too. Also I cannot guarantee that every lead I am sending you will pay. Any suggestions how to reduce number of time-wasters is welcome!

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 prefer PayPal and credit / debit card, next options are bank wire transfer and Western Union.

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

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).

34 thoughts on “Architectural design services – procedure and pricing

  1. 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?

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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?

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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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