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Architect Fees


Architects typically charge for their services in one of three ways:
• Hourly
• Cost per square foot
• Percentage of construction cost

For residential remodels the most common method is hourly.

Architectural hourly fees range from $100 to $150 per hour. Services involved in a remodel include field measurement of existing conditions, concept development, development of design details and structural issues and construction document production. The time required to complete this process will vary depending on the size of the project and the time the Client takes to decide upon and select among the options presented by the Architect. Additions to homes that include new master suites or kitchens can take from between 80 to 150 hours depending on the goals of the client.

The cost per square foot method is less commonly used. It does not work well with remodeling projects and is most often used in the design of custom homes. It assesses a fee based on the square foot measure of the largest concept presented to the Client. Generally, this method limits revisions to a specific number, generally three, and if the Client desires further revisions, the Architect will bill on an hourly basis. Fees range from $2 to $5 per square foot for concept development and $1 to $4 per square foot for construction document production.

Fees based on a percentage of construction cost is most commonly used in large commercial projects. It is difficult to gauge construction cost ahead of time for residential remodels or custom homes. Such fees can range from 7% to 15%.

– Author: Keith Fineberg, KSF Architects


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