Fees, Budget and Cost
Project design fees are phased to allow the client to review the project at multiple points during its schedule. For an explanation of each phase please see the design & construction process notes.
- The initial design consultation is provided at no cost to clients within 30 miles of Washington, DC.
- The Site Documentation & Analysis and Conceptual Design Phases are typically invoiced at an hourly rate with a not-to-exceed maximum fee. This fee is dependent upon the size and scope of the project.
- The Construction Documents fee is typically calculated as a percentage of the construction cost but may also be billed hourly if a full package of drawings isn't necessary.
Construction Administration is typically billed as additional service at hourly rates or as a percentage of overall construction costs.
Although architectural design and construction require considerable investments of time and resources, they translate into unique and valuable additions to your property. When developing a budget for the job be sure to consider the potential ecological and financial returns on your investment. The Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects notes;“One rule of thumb is to invest ten percent of your property's worth in the planning and development of the site. Consider that appropriate landscape improvements are estimated to return 100 to 200 percent of their cost when a house is sold. Landscape development is the only home improvement that can boast this kind of return on an initial investment.”