Fees – Residential & Commercial Architecture
We are always happy to write a Proposal of Professional Services to address your specific project. We’re sure you will find our fees to be extremely competitive. Additionally, an initial site visit/ consultation is always FREE, regardless of the fee structure selected by the owner/ client. Request a consultation here >
How do we charge for our work? Q Sterry will typically address fees and billing for your project in one of two ways.
Hourly Fee Structure
- The hourly billing structure is usually the most cost effective approach.
- Who is this best for? The hourly structure is best suited for a client who is more decisive and has a clear vision of the finished project.
- The execution of a contract may or may not be required with this fee structure, depending on the projects size and complexity.
- This fee structure is most suitable for smaller scale projects.
- I this arrangement, you only pay for hours worked, nothing more, nothing less.
Fixed Fee Structure
- The fixed fee structure may result in slightly higher project billing than the Hourly Fee Structure.
- It gives the client a clear total amount of professional fees early in the project.
- Who is it best for? A fixed fee structure is usually more appropriate for a client who may be a little less decisive and/ or must have an absolute cap to the fees.
- This arrangement helps to ensure that the client knows exactly what the project is going to cost in terms of total professional fees.
- This structure will be written up in a Contract Proposal. This proposal will outline the project, expectations, and all services specifically included and/or excluded. In addition, the contract will list the incremental benchmarks that need to be approved by the client along the way. This to ensure that we are in agreement about the design direction.
- Significant or substantial changes to previously approved decisions will be billed in addition to the contract sum as, “Additional Services”.
- This fee structure is usually most appropriate for larger scale projects.
Finally, if you must have a fee structure that we currently don’t offer, such as a percentage of construction cost, we’ll be happy to accommodate.