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. Viewing my past designs on website is FREE, but we charge money for downloading editable DWG files, for changes in past designs or for making new designs according your requirements.

If you are PAYING, we 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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You need to provide project main requirements and confirm your budget with me, then I will put you in contact with the most suitable architect to discuss project details.

I have a team of partner architects, located in India, Kenya, Philippines, Romania and United States. I do not post their contact info here to prevent people looking for free services to spam each architect. I lost an architect (he no longer want to work for me) after I sent him few “non-serious customers who don’t pay for services“.

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. I never been to university (I self-taught), while my partners have diploma from architecture university, they 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 IT / data providing industry. It is for benefits or both ME and YOU, to have your project done by my partner architects.

I thank you to these customers, they convinced me that architecture is the WORST profession for me. Read more: leaving architecture business.

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. After payment, 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.

As 2020, ~20 people contact me every day, mostly IT companies enquiring about purchase databases, thus I avoid wasting too much time chatting with people enquiring about architecture, to identify if you are serious or not, since most of them never pay as explained above. 90% people contact me for free consultation, free plans, being in early planning stage and not ready to pay an architect, some people were willing to pay but much lower than standard fees in architecture, etc, these people don’t deserve my attention.

If you are serious and ready to PAY an architect, please inform me so I can pay more attention to you. If you don’t receive reply from me, just email me again or ping me with a message via LiveChat. I do not have time to send follow-ups to every person contacting me to ask if you are still interested / ready to pay an architect.

If you want a fast reply, contact me via LiveChat in bottom-right corner of screen. Out of people contacting me via email and replied, they did not replied me back (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 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 by me, 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!


Price of service offered by me (2012-2016)

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, including talking about every detail, it can stretch on days / weeks if you ask many revisions and slow email communication instead of chat. 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.

I do not have a revision limit, because I can show you drawing progress and you can suggest changes before finishing it. But some customers 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 determined me to NOT engage in new projects after 2016.


Pricing of service from partner architects (2017-present)

You need to provide me project main requirements and confirm that you can PAY for service, then I will put you in contact with the most suitable architect to discuss project details and negotiate price. For single family houses or small apartment blocks (<10 units) they charge like this:

Concept / 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

Note: prices are valid for Indian and Philippines partner architects. American partner architect charge higher. For larger projects, request a quote. Personally I use only AutoCAD, my partners use also ArchiCAD, Blender, Revit, 3D Studio Max.


Procedure of architectural design service

To get a price quote and get started, first you must provide site plan that indicate location of your property, land dimensions and orientation, category / width of road. Some countries require larger setbacks at main roads thus buildable area is reduced.

If your land have 90-degrees corners, providing only length and width may allow us making concept designs without site plan, but we cannot guarantee that it will fit your surroundings, so for best results please provide site plan.

For single family houses: how many floors and rooms do you require?

For apartment blocks: how many floors, apartments per floor and rooms per apartment?

Other requirements: open kitchen or separate room? En-suite toilet in every room or common bathroom? Lift is required, swimming pool or clubhouse?

Alternatively you can choose from sample designs posted on website and suggest changes, or draw yourself a sketch (even a MS Paint or pencil drawing) and I will convert it into a professional drawing, or provide photos of local houses taken yourself. We quote you a price for preliminary designs and detailed construction drawings.

You must pay in advance half of price of concept / preliminary design. Once money is deposited, we start designing a floor plan according your requirements, as well as 3D design if you want, and show you screenshots, you are advised to show them to your family or colleagues and suggest changes if needed. Once satisfied, you need to pay other half of agreed price, and we send you final PDF / DWG floor plan and high quality 3D renders.

Next, we proceed to detailed construction drawings. Again, you must deposit half price in advance and pay other half at final. For large projects you can pay in multiple installments. Evn after final payment, we can still revise drawings until you are 100% satisfied.

Note: some of concept designs shown in House plans and Apartment plans pages are made in first years of studying architecture, from my personal interest, without being paid by anyone. Before 2015 I was making 20-minute free sketches, to impress customers hoping they will pay for detailed floor plan, elevations and 3D design afterwards, and to help me training and get new ideas to post on website.

About 10% of sketches designed at requests from customers, I liked the concept and even if customer did not paid, I redesigned them with greater care, sometimes at different dimensions, to publish on website as sample for future customers. Example: Pakistan 20x60ft 20-minute sketch vs final floor plan.

Now, I have a team of professional architects who require advance payment before making any changes in past designs or making new designs. They spend time study building code of your country, to offer you guarantee that design will get approved for building permit.

Some people promised payment after seeing project finished and “only if like it”, sorry but we dealt with too many scammers who stopped replying and gone away once satisfied with our design, effectively wasting our time which we could use working for a paying customer. If you cannot pay us in advance, feel free to someone else, post on Reddit or architecture forums and maybe you find a 1st grade student willing to take risk to spend his time designing without getting paid (but quality won’t match ours).


Notes

 

I noticed that professional architecture firms do not display many floor plans on their website, I also came across few customers ready to pay an architect after they visited other pages of my website, for example Buildind codes or Housing in Philippines WITHOUT seeing floor plans designed by me (the House plans and Apartment plans pages). I think whenever was not necessary to display 50+ floor plans on website to get paying customers, and displaying them just made me spammed by people requesting floor plans for FREE.

Some people suggested making separate pages for each house plan, and make option to filter by tags, example: India-style, 2-storey, 3-bedroom, 100-200 sqm, modern house, etc (similar with houseplans.com). This system is NOT viable for me, unless I have few thousands houses, each with 3D design and floor plans available for immediate purchase.

My strategy was NOT to sell my past designs, but rather to impress visitors with my past designs so they can pay for a custom design. However in 2019 I added option to purchase past designs as AutoCAD DWG files (floor plans only) and depending by customer feedback I will add later option to purchase elevations and 3D design too.

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 get started, to come and pay me for detailed drawings.

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).

35 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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