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Architects provide help with building consultation, plans, new constructions, remodels, additions and inspections. Some work on any type of property, including plots of land, apartments, condos, one-story or multistory houses, new buildings, and more. Architects can offer services whether building plans have already been drafted or not. Professional architectural guidance is available for projects of any size or deadline.

Hourly rate

Some architects charge an hourly rate for services such as consultation on a project, concept development before design work begins and drafting draft documents and plans. When an architect works on an hourly basis for larger projects, there is often be an agreed-upon cap on the number of hours they will work. Hourly rates vary by the firm or by an individual’s reputation, experience and training. Rates range anywhere from $50 per hour to $150 per hour. EGB Production & Design in Scottsdale, Arizona, charges $50 per hour.

Flat fee

Some architects charge flat rates for common small-scale projects that they can safely calculate their time and labor on. Larger projects typically don’t have flat rates because they have too many variables to accurately assess how much time and labor will be spent.

Square footage

Some architects charge by the square foot. Square-footage-based rates vary depending on the architect’s training, the services they provide, the complexity of the project and other factors such as obtaining permits. EGB Production & Design charges $1–$3 per square foot for some projects.

Percentage

For larger projects, such as new construction or total remodels, some architects charge a percentage of the total construction costs. Typically, the pro sets the percentage customers will pay after the total cost of construction (demolition, permits, construction, floors, new windows, etc.) has been determined. Percentages can range within a firm depending on the extent of the services they provide. For example, lower percentages might include drafting with minimal consultation and guidance along the way. Higher percentages might include on-site project management services with every detail attended to. For example, Pattern r+d in Atlanta, Georgia, typically charges 3 percent of the total project budget, and Archwork in Somis, California, charges 10 percent to 15 percent of total construction costs.

Minimum fee

Some architects charge a minimum fee for services to cover their time and effort of engaging with a new client. More established firms are more likely to charge this fee than those still gaining a reputation. For example, Pattern r+d charges a minimum of $3,000 for interior architectural services.

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