After meeting you and seeing the project site I get a feel for the scope of design work which will allow me to propose a fee for design and drawings. This will include ample design time to get your project right, and then everything you’ll need for a building permit – stamped blueprints, structural engineering calculations, and the Title 24 energy documents. I usually include some hours in the package to help support your project during the actual construction phase. All these services are provided under one contract, thus streamlining the process.
I can leave you with a list of recent clients to call as references, as well as a list of current projects to tour if you wish. If you decide to proceed, we meet again, this time to sign an agreement and get started!
I usually propose a set fee based on my past experience knowing the amount of time spent on projects of similar scope. Working this way has proven to be stress-free for both parties and produced a long succession of satisfied clients. (I don't like the idea of basing a fee on a percentage of construction cost. I feel it favors the architect in an unproductive way and kills the incentive to find cost savings in your project.)
It’s also possible to enlist my help with simple hourly consultations at your home or project site. I usually recommend this if the direction the homeowner has for the project is not real clear yet.
As you first consider a remodel or addition it can sometimes seem there are too many variables to try to sort out. Maybe you are uncertain of bearing walls, plumbing alignment, ease of adding a second floor, or maybe just how to rearrange the various spaces to achieve the flow you’re after. It can be liberating to have misconceptions eliminated and instead have clarity regarding the possibilities and the priorities.
I’m available for on-site consulting and just general brain-storming. After these sessions you can take whatever days or months you want to digest the information and mull over any new insights we developed together about how to proceed.