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     The usual system of architect fees involves paying a percentage, (up to 10%) of overall project cost to the architect. This creates a conflict of interest, in my view, because if the architect makes choices that increase the budget, the fee also increases. It certainly demotivates the architect to save you money. Many residential designers are in fact degreed architects, and you can get fine creativity from residential designers, degree or not. Check designer portfolios to find the artistry you want when choosing a designer.

     We have a beautiful house design, and our total fees to the designer were well under 1% of the job. In addition, we had complete freedom in choice of materials and methods and built quality for far less than if an architect had directed the process. Perhaps 50% less. Not to paint all architects with a broad brush. Fees do vary, and are certainly negotiable.

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