How do your Fees work?
Architectural Fees are usually based upon a square footage number and approximate amount of hours projected for your project. Dependent on your project, there will hours completed towards zoning research, measure up, sketches, design development, preliminary design and construction documents. Some architects charge a fixed fee based on the project scope and others may charge hourly rates. We, at PDRdesigns, take an in depth look at your project to see if a fixed fee agreement or an hourly agreement is best suitable for your specific project.
Is my budget realistic?
Budget is the most important piece of a homeowners project and its also the part of the project that gives people the most anxiety. Whether your budget is large or small, each client wants to maximize their dollars spent for a return on investment. The budget equates to how much time is spent on the project. Be sure to tell your architect and builder your “total” budget and include and extra 10-15% for extra items or adjustments as the project progresses. Your architect will be able to tell you if your budget is realistic based on the wants and needs of your project.
The most important item to establish is how much you would like to spend and then understand what is possible for that amount of money.
Can I manage my own subcontractors to save money?
Advantages: Save money when well executed, save time when/if you are on top of it, get exactly what you want since you are picking the materials, you will learn the process better for your next project, and of course, bragging rights to your friends and family!
Disadvantages: Potential to lose money if not well executed, requires an enormous amount of time and flexibility, you are responsible if anything goes wrong, and you have the potential to be dragged out over an allotted time frame.
How long will construction take?
This is a great question and one that holds much importance to a homeowner and their project. Dependent on the size of your project and the details going into your project will ultimately determine the length of time to completion. Seasonal changes must also be taken into account with most projects starting in the spring or early fall.
What approvals will I need?
Your contractor will be able to obtain your permits for construction with your local building department especially in cases on a new home build or addition. You will need specific approvals along the way that your contractor will be able to work with your building department to obtain.