Architect Fees

Old 06-29-05, 09:08 PM
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Architect Fees

Getting ready to interview a few Architects/Designers to design my new home. I realize the rates vary depending on the area of the country but what are typical fees that an architect would charge for a ~3000sq-ft house? Hourly or flat rate? Does this include any consultation with the architect during the build or would that be an additional fee? What types of questions would you ask an architect during an interview? Thanks for any comments!
Old 07-01-05, 03:08 PM
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the AIA (American Institute of architects) reccomends their members to charge 5-10% of the cost of the project. Around here the average is closer to 3-5%.

The questions I would ask:

Time Frame from design to start of construction
What is included in the original fees, whats not included.
Whats considered a change and what is the cost of these changes.
references. (call and ask these basic questions... on time, on budget, with quality, how much help once the checks were cashed and cinstruction began).
I would ask how much access the architect gives during construction.

I personally in my business am a contractor's designer. I complete the plans, gain permit and stay hands off unless there is a need for my expertise.

I would also get three bids form local residential designers. Experience does not always happen in the classroom.

The most important issue in working with an architect/designer is the relationship and communication between you the homeowner and them. If communication is poor so will the project. It is a long term committment 6 months to a year or more. Think about whether it will be an easy relationship to maintain during that time period.

I hope this helps.

Brian Garrison
General Contractor/Professional Building Designer.

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