Fees vary based on the complexity and size of the project and if the client wants full Architectural Services or limited Architectural Services. Within the industry, full architectural fees range from 10 percent to 12 percent of the construction cost for new homes and 15 percent for remodel projects.
Full Architectural Services includes oversight of the contractor and design during construction. Limited Architectural Services excludes oversight of the project during construction.
Fees are based on one of the following options:
- A percentage of construction cost
- An hourly rate
- A lump sum based on work involved
- A lump sum plus expenses
Involve your architect from the beginning! You’ll benefit from better project design and quality, modifications to optimize your space, and potential opportunities for cost savings. Plus, the architect serves as a liaison between client and contractor and ensures a smooth and positive process. Your architect will budget approximately 15 to 20 percent of the scheduled fee for the construction phase.