I normally do not work with or need an Architect for the work I do for clients, however, I am getting into a major renovation that will require several structural changes and the clients would like a specific look to the new space as well as certain features added/changed. I have met with one Architect who looked over the place, took some basic measurements, talked with the client and then bid us good day and he would submit a cost analysis for his work.
Several days later the lad presented his costs and it was about $21000. Things that made me go huh? was the fact that his drawings would Not include mechanicals and detailed interior elevations. The drawings would be sufficient for “me” to GC the project but not detailed enough for tenders? (how do you get a reliable bid from subs with no scope to the project). It would be my conclusion that the Architect sees the client as being wealthy (they are) and cost would be A-ok because of the prestige his firm holds.
What should reasonable Architecture fees be and how should they be based ie. set fee, percentage of final cost, square footage etc. thanks for the help.