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Old 09-14-2009, 05:50 PM
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I know my question will vary widely but can anyone give me a rough idea of what it costs to hire an architect for a new home in the Seattle area?
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:09 AM
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Default a wide range for sure

very loaded question...
$2 per square foot for a very basic, undeveloped, "hand-over" builders set of drawings, (not recommended)
up to.....
15% of construction for a full services set on a small project (8-10% on a larger project). expect thoughtful details, help with finish selections, bid negotiation assistance and some construction administration in this range of pricing.
you will probably not find this range of pricing under one roof though.
i would think a reasonable expectation for a quality set of drawings (in todays economy) on a mid-size house would be somewhere in the 5-6% of construction range.
there are a ton of factors that play into the fee, i would recommend taking the time to interview a handful of architects and get proposals.
whichever route you go, your home will benefit from a little extra time going toward the design.
i still hear clients talk about things they love about a house that we designed together.
they would not have gotten that level of a project had they decided to cut the design budget.
hope this helps, good luck.
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