You can hire us for as much or as little as you’d like. We start with a $250 flat fee for a Design Session with an architect in your home. They will:
- Review your Goals and Ideas questionnaire before they meet with you. Then they’ll discuss it with you
- Discuss their design ideas for your project. These are preliminary. You won’t get a finished design, but you will get some great ideas.
- Discuss the permits you will need.
- After the meeting they will go back to their desk and write up a detailed Design Proposal.
If you accept the design proposal we bill hourly for architecture and do fixed price construction bids based on the materials and labor rates at the time of bidding. Costs can range from $200 per square foot to over $1,000 per square foot. We can tailor our service to either end. Design, soils engineering (if needed), structural engineering, a survey, permits, site work, tree removal, drainage and utility upgrades are the typical hidden costs that surprise you during your process. When you diligently plan on these expenses the cost will easily be over $300 per square foot. I’d recommend you budget at least that. Just keep in mind that every $100,000 in project costs is about $500 per month in mortgage payments.