Saving Costs on Construction

rear extension image for service page on Permitted DevelopmentIn the interest of saving costs on construction, you will want optimum control over your budget.

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Saving Costs on Construction

Whether you are thinking of building a house or doing home improvements to an existing home, you will naturally want good value. You will be interested in Saving Costs on Construction, so read on for our advice and tips on which services can save you the most.

You may have even asked professionals how to build a house as well as indications of the cost to build a house. You will need planning permission first to build a home or alter an existing property.

At the design & planning phase, architectural designers can help you visualise some contemporary house building ideas.

Once your planning is in place, the next step is to satisfy Building Control of various aspects of your build. This is the pre-build phase. Building Control will also want to see Structural Calculations in conjunction with your Building Regulations Drawings.

The construction phase: when you are ready to build, construction support services could make significant savings for you.


Our top tips

On where you could save

You may have thought that the cheapest way to build a house is to use cheap building materials, but the best value house construction strategies may surprise you. They apply not only to the cost to build a new house but also to extensions and loft conversions.

piggy bank image for Saving Costs on ConstructionWith your construction savings, you can refund yourself all your design & planning fees!

New build architects London Architecture offer support services for the construction phase. These can actually save 10-15% off your total construction cost, making the fees a good investment if you are building a house on a budget. This is partly because we can pass on substantial trade discounts of up to 80% from our supplier accounts.

floorboards image for Saving Costs on Construction service pageThe good news is you don’t have to compromise on quality to save money.

Using a Tender Service

& Contract Admistration Service

Tenders put you in the driving seat. They are your paper truncheon to make sure your contractor shortlist all quote like-for-like and do not use cheaper materials later.

  • Read our brief descriptions of Tender Stages and Contract Administration here.
  • See our more extensive article on Tender Packs here.


A Contract Admin. / Project Management service takes away the potential headache of disputes with builders and incomplete work. They are paid in arrears for the percentage of work completed, not equal divisions. The final payment is deferred 3 months to account for snagging or flaws.


RIBA model

5 Stages


Phase 1: Design & Planning

1. Site Survey

2. Planning Application Drawings


Phase 2: Pre-build

3. Building Regulations / Structural Calculations


Phase 3: Construction

4. Tender Pack Service

5. Contract Admininstration / Project Management


London Architect

New Build Architects

If you want to modify your home, we can help. Extension Architecture work in all London boroughs within the M25 and beyond. We can offer both planning and architectural support with all the above stages, as we have planning consultants under the same roof as our design team.

Steph Fanizza, Architectural Design & Team Manager

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