Internal conversion - Architecture job in Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire

Job description

We are looking for someone to provide ideas, CAD drawings and full design and structural plans that conform to building regulations.

We are looking to convert our kitchen and garage into an open plan Kitchen Dinning area, as well as converting our current dinning room into a utility room off the kitchen. This will also require moving our current toilet to a new location, rearranging plumbing/electrics, adding in new windows to the front and back of the garage, full garage conversion (including floor, walls, ceiling, pluming and electrics etc). We would also like to have a second back door from what will be the new utility room.

We would like as much help with any building warrant/planning permission as possible.

We are looking to start the work some time in spring 2019.

Feedback

Feedback for Port Charlotte Homes

We hired Sirus as our architect on a project to design a new kitchen/diner conversion.

Initially, Sirus appeared polite, conscientious and patient. His communication was great, copying us into every email to engineers and the council. He was fast at starting his drawings and appeared to be prepared to get the work done as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, this only seemed to last until he got his first 80% fee “After submission of Building Warrant Application”. Once his first drawing went in to the council he became hard to get hold of and on one occasion we had emailed, phoned several times (leaving messages), text and messaged via MyBuilder without any response in weeks. This obviously caused frustration and our relationship started to break down. Sirus then became rude and unpleasant to speak to on the phone.

We ended up agreeing to pay him his full fee to end our contract but allowing us to use his drawings for the rest of the project. Once we did this we realised that the drawings he did were not even complete and there were several points from the council that still needed addressed. Fortunately, we were able to proceed much quicker without Sirus and obtained the building warrant within 5 weeks ourselves.

We would definitely NOT recommend Sirus for any future jobs, but to pay a little extra and get someone with a little professionalism.

Port Charlotte Homes's reply:

After long illness now I have a chance to respond to Grant's Allegations:
I have provided my architectural services to Grant and his wife as per my contract with them. As per our contract after submitting Building Warrant Application, I got paid 80% of our agreed fee and 20% was to be paid after obtaining the building warrant. I have received first email from the BC Officer and responded and forwarded the revised drawings within two days to the council. Few weeks later I received the second email with additional points required to be addressed. while dealing with the second email, Grant have decided to change the layout within the utility room and I have advised them changing the drawings will beg an additional work you should pay £200. Grant refused to accept it and asked me to justify it in writing which I did. They declined to pay the additional fee and they have advised me that they wish not to continue with my services and under The Royal Institute of British Architects rules they had to pay me in full as they were terminating the contract. I was not impolite with them at all and even I asked them to contact RIBA to establish themselves that if the client changing the design they will have to pay additional fee for the revisions. Grant's claims that they could not get hold on me is not true and I had no reason to avoid them. BC Officer was very impressed with my replies.I wish Grant could substantiate his accusations. I have all my facts and emails to prove him wrong.