The initial quote from my favored firm for architectural fees was 15%, just shy of $400K, inclusive of engineering. When my eyes popped out of my head, this went down to 12%, exclusive of engineering, still well over $300K.(These include CM.)
The same house built in Anytown, USA would probably cost about half to build, if that. I'm having a very hard time trying to understand how the fee can be justified on an hourly basis. Does it take twice the number of hours to design the place here as opposed to Anytown? I think not. E.g., at $95/hr does it take 1,000 hours to prepare the construction documents?
I really like the firm and the lead architect. I'm just having a hard time understanding the fee. You know, if they'd said "It's $175K for the actual labor and we charge $150K for the artistry" I could mull that over, but trying to justify it on a purely hourly basis based on the insane local construction cost makes me feel like I'm being taken advantage of.
Am I being unreasonable in my expectations? Are they?
[ For the $1M+ I'd save, maybe I should have the place designed and built in Anytown and helicoptered over here! ; > ]
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