"Good design is not a cost, it is an investment."


 Zero-Rated V.A.T.


Although you can reclaim VAT on the building costs of new-build projects in the UK - you cannot reclaim VAT paid on any professional or supervisory services, such as work carried out for you by architects or surveyors, etc. (www.hmrc.gov.uk)


Landmark Designs does not charge VAT, which is equivalent to a valuable 20% discount off your design fees for a new-build project (when compared to designers who charge VAT).


Value-for-Money Fees


If you would like to know more about prices, it doesn't cost anything to ask. 

In brief, I use the fee method which is fairest to you. Either of:

  • As a percentage of the building costs: This will vary with how much you want the designer to do.
  • Based on the floor area: This is applied with a ‘sliding scale’ approach that relates to the complexity and type of building. In other words, a large simple building could cost little more than a smaller complex one.
  • Hourly or daily rates: This suits smaller jobs where the design brief is clear.

Cheap Versus Quality

Everyone knows that a cheap design will almost certainly leave you with a building that has not been carefully designed with the highest standards of accuracy or quality of information and will therefore cost you more in the future. The capital costs (including the design fees) of a building are small in relation to long-term maintenance and running costs. Invest in efficient products which have been specified using well-researched professional construction design knowledge to save you money in the long term. Even if you are building to sell, quality benefits such as this will always fetch a higher price.


Read this free factsheet:

Factsheet CB/3


"Obtaining estimates for fees - 7 points you need to know"