Step by Step Role of Architects

Not long ago, the building contractor was preparing the building plan and taking up the construction work. But, now, people have started engaging the services of an architect.

People have realized the vital role played by the architect in the entire process of construction. After all, everyone always wants to ensure their building is of utmost good quality. Now, take a closer look at some of the vital role played by an architect in the realm of building works.

ARCHITECTS PROPOSE PRELIMINARY PLANS

Normally, Architects will hold a personal discussion with their client and ascertain the client’s requirements in the proposed building. Thereafter, he will prepare about two or three draft plans.

He will prepare the plan, keeping in view the budget of the client. Once the client zeroes in on any plan, then the architect will prepare a detailed plan.

PREPARE DETAILED BUILDING PLAN

Architects will prepare a detailed floor plan of the building. He will ensure that the setbacks indicated in the plan are as per the standards prescribed by the City Corporation.

As you may be aware, ‘setback’ is the space to be left around the proposed building to ensure ventilation and light. Without leaving the proper setbacks, the corporation such as BBMP, Village Panchayat, KIDB, BMRDA will not approve the building plan.

PROPOSE BILL OF QUANTITIES (BOQ’s) FOR THE WORK

The architect will prepare a detailed BOQs (Bill of Quantities) estimate indicating the cost break up like the material cost, labour cost, interior decoration, etc. The estimate will also indicate the type of material to be used in the construction work.

For example, the architect may indicate the type of sand or Jelly (stones) to be used, the size of the steel rods to be used for the pillars, etc.

The estimate will also mention the type of flooring. Normally, the plan will not include items like the fans, sanitary wares like the sink, taps and other items.

This is because the cost of fixtures depends on the model of the fixture chosen by the client. The estimate will not include a wardrobe and other upholstery.

SITE SUPERVISION DURING BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

The architect will also undertake the work of supervision of the building. Depending on the client’s need, the architect may post a supervisor who would continuously monitor the construction work.

Alternatively, the architect may pay a periodical visit and ensure that construction work is as per the plan prepared by him.

PLANNING WITH NO DEVIATIONS

In any building construction work, deviation from the plan is a common feature. These deviations (Akrama Sakrama) may happen because of various reasons.

However, wherever there is deviation, the architect will consult the client and approve the deviations. Before approving the deviation, he will also discuss it with the contractor.

COORDINATING WITH STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS

While constructing multistory buildings, the architect will take the help of a structural engineer. He will prepare the plans in close coordination with the structural engineer.

The architect’s service charges normally vary from Rs 40 / sq ft to Rs 150 / sq ft on the Proposed super built-up area. However, the service charges vary depending on the nature of construction and the type of supervision needed.

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