Services & Fees ... how they work

 

Fees

Our fees are fixed and only increase if the project grows in its scope or complexity. Our total fee is arrived at by applying a percentage to the total construction budget. See below for notes on budgets, but generally speaking the percentage for a residential project ranges between 10% and 20%. Rates for commercial projects attract different percentages.

The percentage varies from project to project and is based on each project’s particular requirements. Other issues such as whether the construction is to be done in stages can also influence the fee.

The total fee is then divided into the following architectural stages and the weighting of these stages is illustrated by the pie chart:

  • Existing Conditions
  • Pre-Design
  • Sketch Design
  • Design Development
  • Contract Documentation

Some stages are charged at an hourly rate simply because it is impossible to estimate the amount of time they will require. These variables include:

  • Town Planning or Development Application
  • Tender
  • Building Permit

Our monthly fee during the construction stage (Contract Administration) is capped at a maximum.

A full list of the architectural stages can be downloaded by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

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If you know your budget

Most of our clients know how much they can spend.

We ask a few simple questions to determine whether the budget they have in mind is just the construction budget or the budget for the entire project (including Architect’s fees, consultant fees, local council fees, GST, and so on). Our total fee is determined by applying a percentage to the construction budget.

We then split the total fee into the various architectural stages (pre-design, sketch design, design development, etc). If the cost of the project increases or decreases our total fee varies according to a fee scale.

If you don’t know your budget

Sometimes our clients want to explore what their project may cost.

They often have a ballpark figure in mind for the total cost, but their budget is somewhat flexible. In this instance, what we can propose is a fixed fee for the first pre-design stage. This fixed fee allows us to investigate the different options available to our client and what these options will cost. At the end of pre-design stage we will have a good idea of what the construction budget needs to be to realise the aspirations of the client.

We then draw up a fee proposal for the remainder of the project based on the construction budget that we determined during the pre-design stage.

Our fees are fixed and only increase if the project grows in its scope or complexity. Our total fee is arrived at by applying a percentage to the total construction budget. See below for notes on budgets, but generally speaking the percentage for a residential project ranges between 10% and 20%. Rates for commercial projects attract different percentages.

Full Services & Partial Services

We offer both full services and partial services, meaning, we can take a project through from design to the end of construction or we can be engaged to undertake the design stages only.

Sometimes our clients want to engage us for the design stages and then have another designer or draftsperson complete the documentation for the project in order to reduce the overall cost of the project . 

As such we offer our clients partial services whereby we can be engaged to design the project with an amount of flexibility so that when it comes to doing the construction drawings, an appropriate level of detail can be pursued without adversely affecting the overall design intent.

Why can’t we simply change our modus operandi so that the level of detail fits your budget? Good question. The answer really has to do with the culture of our practice. We will always push the design to a level of resolution that may not be appropriate for your budget. In this sense Nest could be engaged for the 2 design stages:

  • Pre-Design (feasibility)
  • Sketch design

Once we have a sketch design in place, the drawings can be taken to a drafting service who can then submit and manage the town planning application process (if required). Once a permit is obtained (or if this is not required) the sketch design can then be taken to a drafting service whereby the construction drawings can be finalised. The drafting service will follow the overall intent designed by Nest, but will resolve everyday details at a more appropriate budget level.

This process gives our clients an amount of flexibility when it comes to building the house and fitting it out. We could obviously be contacted throughout the subsequent stages to lend a hand or provide some oversight and we’d charge this time out at an hourly rate.  

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