Our process is simple. Please see below for the steps and associated fees:
I. We Design: (Billed hourly or at 2% of Construction COst. If billed hourly Cost varies; Typically $7-12,000 for a significant addition, $15-30,000 for a new home)
We bill hourly until we find a solution that you love.
We do a quick square-footage assessment to predict costs.
We keep your budget in mind and make efforts to design towards that.
We bill frequently so you know how much you are spending.
You can quit at any time—zero commitment.
II. We do a Construction-Cost Estimate: (Architect per-sq.ft. estimate: FREE; OR a Professional itemized estimate: $2,000-$3,000)
We offer you a choice of the following estimating methods:
we get you a rough estimate for the cost of your job. (We update your square footage assessment of construction costs for free.)
or you can hire our cost estimator for a detailed estimate. Costs vary with the size of your home.
or we can ask a Contractor for a preliminary estimate. (Some do this for free, others charge.)
From this estimate we either:
go back to the drawing board and tweak drawings to reduce the scope of work (back to step 1, Design)
or we move forward to 'Getting the Job Done!'. We do the work described below and use this estimate to base the initial fee.
III. We Get the Job Done: (Our Fee = 10% of Construction Cost)
We create Construction Documents for permitting, bidding, and construction.
We coordinate engineers and surveyors etc to compile one comprehensive permit and construction package.
We help you find a contractor and analyze bids.
We participate in construction over-site until the completion of the job.
*Most architect's total fees fall between 8 and 15% of construction cost for all work shown above.
Do you have a job that you foresee costing less than $200,000 in Construction Costs? We are not taking jobs with estimated construction costs of less than $200,000 at this point. We are very sorry. If you feel you have a unique circumstance (like you would like to build a 'Tiny Home') please call and ask.