Top Rated Architecture Services from $35/hr

Best Architects in Melbourne from $35/hr

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  • 4 Reviews
    5.0 

    We are a freelance 3D Visualisation and drafting service, producing quality Design Concepts and Drafting. Our 3D renderings create a powerful first impression of what a new development will look li... Read more

    Melbourne,VIC

    Dom: Very pleasant to deal with. Gave package option with different pric...   Read more reviews

    8 September 2015

  • 8 Reviews
    5.0 

    we have been invloved in most appilcation in the building industry, which enable me to have a wide knowledge as a builder.  Read more

    Melbourne,VIC

    Jassi: Very happy with him, he is the best I've hired. Ver professional.   Read more reviews

    7 September 2015

  • 48 Reviews
    4.8 

    Our mission is to deliver innovative and cost effective engineering solutions for our clients. All JP Engineers and Associates personnel have completed relevant tertiary qualifications and are m... Read more

    Melbourne,VIC
  • 4 Reviews
    5.0 

    braouDAKIS DeSIGN is one of Melbourne's highly respected design practice providing excellence in residential architecture. Stunning house designs, clever affordable house extensions, home reno... Read more

    Southbank,VIC

    Yasmin: Amazing model of house. 3D images show all of the house inside and ...   Read more reviews

    17 November 2013

  • 2 Reviews
    5.0 

    Salt Architecture is an architectural design practice based in Melbourne, Australia. We specialise in the end-to-end process from conceptual design to construction. Our all inclusive and hands-on a... Read more

    Collingwood,VIC

    Clint: Kan from Salt Architecture was fantastic to deal with. Fast, effici...   Read more reviews

    17 September 2010

  • BA
    4 Reviews
    5.0 

    As an young enthusiasm architectural team, we would like to enhance quality of space in environment friendly, aesthetics and cost saving which somehow lacking in busy metro areas. If it's also w... Read more

    North Melbourne,VIC

    Cam: BLDE showed a great level of responsibility and competence to compl...   Read more reviews

    23 August 2016

  • 2 Reviews
    5.0 

    I have been working as an Architect for 12 years with experience in a diverse range of projects including domestic renovations, high end residential, multi-residential, commercial and hospitality. ... Read more

    Richmond,VIC

    Gyanendra: Excellent job   Read more reviews

    27 April 2017

  • WHY USE SUMMERFIELD DRAFTING & DESIGNS? Two reasons - Experience & Service Delivery. Experience: I have been an architectural draftsman for thirty years and have extensive experience in the ... Read more

    Melbourne,VIC

    Penny: I was very happy with Summerfield Drafting & Design. Terry listened...   Read more reviews

    4 April 2014

  • 3 Reviews
    5.0 

    We are the property subdivision professionals and dual occupancy townhouse designers with an unrivalled town planning approval success rate across Melbourne and surrounds. Talk to the experienced e... Read more

    Toorak,VIC

    Jim: They are really good. Very professional. They are really professional   Read more reviews

    11 January 2016

  • SMDP

    I am a Registered Member of the Building Practitioners Board with relevant public liability and indemnity insurance . We design extensions, renovations, and refurbishment of existing and new hom... Read more

    Kew,VIC

    Heather: Very nice, professional and helpful. Reasonable fees for the project.   Read more reviews

    15 October 2012

  • 3 Reviews
    5.0 

    DraftAway is an Australian based multidisciplinary outsourcing company. We provide a full range of Computer Aided Design (CAD), Building Information Modelling (BIM), MEP Drafting and 3D Modelling a... Read more

    St Kilda,VIC

    Sue: Very helpful   Read more reviews

    4 March 2014

  • 9 Reviews
    5.0 

    Y Architecture is a small boutique practice based in Melbourne, Victoria. The practice specialises in residential architecture, with a focus on crafted solutions base on clients' needs, budge... Read more

    Seddon West,VIC

    Pak: I engaged Yan of Y Architecture for my first major home renovation ...   Read more reviews

    23 July 2017

  • 7 Reviews
    4.4 

    Creative yet strategic thinkers, the Whelan Design team endeavors to break through complexity and provide innovative solutions for a diverse range of projects within the commercial, industrial, and... Read more

    Malvern,VIC

    Qiao: Am a repeat customer, it was a trouble free experience every time,...   Read more reviews

    17 December 2016

  • 3 Reviews
    5.0 

    Eljack Design is a small building design practice focused on residential design and drafting including new homes, period homes, extensions and renovations, dual occupancies, unit developments and w... Read more

    Spotswood,VIC

    David: I would not hesitate in recommending Jason. He started from a blan...   Read more reviews

    2 December 2011

  • PE
    2 Reviews
    5.0 

    At PSE we strive for excellence by being precise, experienced and courteous. Whether the job is a simple lighting issue or a complete automation system, it can be designed, installed and setup to y... Read more

    Coburg,VIC

    Victor: I would recommend this business to anyone.   Read more reviews

    17 September 2010

  • 31 Reviews
    5.0 

    We have over 13 years experience in the Buiding Design & Drafting business and specialise in new homes, town planning drawings, garages/carports, unit developements & renovations/extensions. FDC... Read more

    Coburg,VIC

    Maree: We were recommended to use FDC for our spa project. The constant c...   Read more reviews

    24 July 2017

  • 3 Reviews
    5.0 

    airstream architects is a young and middle aged (these days i am!) dynamic team of architects with experience in many facets of commercial and residential architecture Read more

    Ivanhoe,VIC

    Lauren: Owen was incredibly helpful and went over and beyond to deliver us ...   Read more reviews

    26 September 2014

  • MDS
    3 Reviews
    5.0 

    I provide comprehensive services in Residential design, utilizing my experience in multi unit development backed up by a tertiary qualification in architecture. My expertise include but not lim... Read more

    Caulfield North,VIC

    Monica: Megas was most helpful in sorting out our problems. He was prompt ...   Read more reviews

    24 June 2014

  • 38 Reviews
    5.0 

    *** Ranked #1 out of 32 local drafting businesses on the Service Seeking website *** I am an Australian Building Practitioner registered as an Architectural Draftsman. I am also a UK Registered ... Read more

    Elsternwick,VIC
  • PHAM TUAN VIET ARCHITECTS is a design focused and collaborative practice with a wide range of experience in residential, community, commercial and urban design projects. We have in-depth knowle... Read more

    Balwyn North,VIC

    Minh: Very satisfying customer! Prompt -reliable professional service wi...   Read more reviews

    9 August 2015

  • SPBD
    12 Reviews
    5.0 

    SAM PEIMER BUILDING DESIGN & DRAFTING operates in Melbourne Victoria and is a highly organised and experienced building design business specializing in the building design and drafting of domestic ... Read more

    Caulfield South,VIC

    Michaela: Very happy with Sam's service, he was extremely prompt and reliable!   Read more reviews

    29 March 2017

  • Registered Building Practitioner with over 12 years of drafting experience in both Residential and commercial projects.  Read more

    Sunshine,VIC

    Cherie: Tom has been very generous in his time, advice and expertise. He ou...   Read more reviews

    24 February 2014

  • Melbourne Engineering Consultants is a company specialising in Structural, Civil Engineering and Soil Testing. With a broad range of experience and expertise in the Building and Construction Indu... Read more

    Bentleigh,VIC

    Tony: I've engaged Melbourne Engineering to prepare a stormwater drainage...   Read more reviews

    18 November 2013

  • 5 Reviews
    5.0 

    THE PRACTICE Sky Archi Studio was established in 2008. Initially operating out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After Sky's migrated to Australia, Sky Archi Studio have relocated to Torquay within the C... Read more

    Chadstone,VIC

    Felicia: Sky’s Archi Studio has helped us numerously on our alteration and a...   Read more reviews

    26 July 2014

  • EP
    28 Reviews
    5.0 
    Laverton North,VIC

    Lee: The job was completed on time, on budget, to a professional standar...   Read more reviews

    9 September 2017

  • BGPL
    2 Reviews
    5.0 

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    Broadmeadows,VIC

    Dean: Great service and good communication Thank you   Read more reviews

    13 November 2011

  • 6 Reviews
    5.0 

    Family owned architectural practice with focus in optimizing our client's property investment with innovative+practical solutions. Our services cover both Victoria and Queensland with multi-facets ... Read more

    Mount Waverley,VIC

    Alison: very professional service very friendly excellent prices i would hi...   Read more reviews

    11 July 2013

  • 3 Reviews
    5.0 

    A1 HOUSE PLANS specialises in the design and drafting of: Extensions (Ground & First Floor) House Additions & Alterations New Houses Renovations Garages Carports/Dec... Read more

    Blackburn,VIC

    Tamara: Steve was prompt at quoting and arranging a time to meet up. His qu...   Read more reviews

    7 May 2015

  • Architectural Draftsman of 25 years experience and a Registered Building Practitioner - Arctitectural Design. Preparation of all plans and documentation for the following: New Homes - Initial... Read more

    Blackburn North,VIC

    Eddie: Quick response. Appreciated   Read more reviews

    23 August 2015

  • 2 Reviews
    5.0 

    Elusive Design & Development provides a fast and high quality service all the way from your dreams to reality. We take on all projects from a small extension, to your dream house, to a multi unit d... Read more

    Westmeadows,VIC

    Sue: Great efficient reliable company. A pleasure to deal with and highl...   Read more reviews

    31 March 2017

Advantages of Hiring Architects

Architects are capable of doing more than just planning and designing various kinds of structure. Their role in the early stages of construction and their input in every building project are quite valuable; however, sometimes property owners, especially those who own just a small portion of land, tend to skip looking for architects.

Whether you’re planning for a new home or building or a renovation project, you should enlist the help of local architects. Here are some of the things that residential architects or commercial architects can help you with:

✓ They can clearly define your needs.

Their training in this type of work has enabled them to be thorough with details. By simply asking about your needs and preferences, they can help you better define your requirements and draw lines to determine their scope of work. Moreover, this gives you a firmer grasp of the entire project. You’ll have a clearer idea on the materials to be used and the amount you’re going to spend to implement your plan.

✓ They can give you professional and objective advice.

With a vast range of options available out there, decision-making can be tough. However, because architects are knowledgeable in various aspects of construction, you can consult them about your choices and other things that’s causing you confusion. They can help you see the bigger picture and show you how one material can affect another and how it can be an issue later on.

✓ They can provide efficient and cost-effective solutions.

Because of their ability to see possible issues, they can think of solutions and let you know about all of these early on. For instance, if you have a small property that you want to appear larger, they can work on a certain design that will maximise the space you have.

✓ They can make plans.

Drafting is part of their training, so if you need a building plan for your property to guide you throughout the construction process, they can readily do this for you. However, sometimes architects work with professional draftsmen too. They create a nice layout and design for your home or building so that your builder will have an idea on how your property should look like when it’s completed.

What’s the difference between architects and draftsmen?

Architects and draftsmen have closely related jobs; that’s why it can sometimes be tricky to know which person you really need for a specific job. To avoid mistaking one for the other, remember these three things:

  • Roles. Architects are the ones who come up with the designs, and they handle planning too. Sometimes they can also be tapped to take on project management. Meanwhile, draftsmen are the ones who put the designs on paper; they draw up plans and technical drawings.
  • Licensing. Architects must be licensed; draftsmen are not required to have licences. Architects also need a university degree in architecture as well as a minimum of two years of practical experience in order to obtain their licences. Draftsmen, on the other hand, don’t need to pass a licensing examination in order to be qualified for their job; they only need a TAFE diploma.
  • Tasks. If you’re working on a big project and you still feel uncertain about the design of your property, it would be best to consult and hire architects. However, if you’re dealing with a very minor project and you only need someone to draw a plan for you, getting a draftsman’s architectural drafting services would be enough.

What should you look for when hiring architects?

Choosing an architect requires you to be very selective. A lot of things about your construction project will depend on the competence of your architect, so you should make sure that you’re hiring someone who’s really up to scratch. Check these things before signing a contract with any architect:

  1. Specialisation
    There are many aspects to the roles of architects, and these may change depending on the type of project they are handling. Ask them about their expertise so that you’ll know if they’re a good fit for the job. Professional architectural services may even include any of the following:

    • Documentation
    • Product research
    • Specification writing
    • Conservation
    • Reservation
    • Brief development
    • Post-occupancy evaluation
    • Contract administration
  2. Creativity
    Make sure that you’re hiring innovative architects. Creativity is essential in designing homes and buildings as well as in capturing the needs of property owners. There are also some issues that will require a huge amount of ingenuity, so you should choose an architect who has a proven track record in producing creative designs. Check out their portfolio or photos of their recently finished projects. This is a good way to know what kind of quality you can expect from them.

  3. Reviews
    Find out what other customers think of your prospective architects. Do they deal with their clients professionally? Do they turn up on time? Are they sensitive and observant to the needs of their customers? Have a look at their Service Seeking profiles; you’ll see a bunch of reviews on various architectural businesses. Here are some of them:

"Elements of home offers a personal and professional service that is second to none. Having worked as a builder myself for over 30 years and dealing with many design and architecture services over this time, I found him a pleasure to deal with. He has extensive knowledge and understanding in all areas from design, construction and of course town planning making the process a cohesive and smooth one from start to finish. Highly recommend.” - Mick on Rob Harris

”The team at FDC did a great job from the site finish to the final plans. The email communication was clear and precise and the turn around time to get the job done was fast. I would definitely recommend FDC and use them again myself.” - Michelle on FDC Building Designs

How much do architectural services cost?

The cost of hiring an architect will depend on a few factors like the type, size, and scope of a project. For example, the pricing for commercial architecture and residential architecture may vary from one another. But typically architects charge around $35/hr for their services. If you want to get an accurate quote, post your job on the site and provide specific details about your project. You can receive estimates from as many as 12 businesses.