Studio Z Services – Remodeling Projects
Residential renovation projects designed by Studio Z typically start with a design consultation. A design consultation gives you an architect’s expertise at a reasonable price. If, after the design consultation, you would like to work with Studio Z for your project, we will write you a contract proposal including the following steps.
The total cost for a remodeling project is typically in the range of 8 – 12% of the cost of construction*, plus expenses, although smaller projects can cost more as a percentage of the cost of construction.
Phase 1. Documentation of Existing Conditions
It’s important to start with an accurate set of existing drawings and a clear understanding of the existing conditions when designing an addition or a remodeling project. To that end, the entire house (or the affected parts of the house if the project is small) must be completely measured and photographed as part of a field survey.
Based on the field survey, Studio Z will produce drawings of the existing floor plans and the exterior elevations that will serve as the basis for the designs.
If you have floor plans of your home, or if you can obtain a copy of the plans from your local building department, this will save some time. However, it will still be necessary to check some of the measurements, photograph your home, and enter the floor plan and elevations into the computer.
The cost for documenting the existing conditions will be a fixed fee based on the complexity of the home and the size of the area to be documented. For most homes, the fee will be between $1,000 to $2,000, plus expenses.
Phase 2. Schematic Design
During the design phase, Studio Z will work closely with you to design the changes to your home so that it can become the home of your dreams. First, we will develop two or three conceptual designs for your home based upon your program (your list of needs, wants, and dreams). The first designs will probably be limited to floor plans, although we’ll give a lot of thought to the three-dimensional aspects of the design as we work out the floor plan details. We’ll schedule a time to meet with you and review these designs. During that meeting, we’ll probably come up with some additional ideas together, which we will quickly sketch out for you. We typically suggest that you wait a few days before informing us of your decision about which design (or which parts of the various designs, or which new direction) you would like us to develop, since your ideas may change as you think about them further and discuss them with family and friends.
Once you’re ready to move forward, we’ll continue developing the design and schedule a second design meeting. For example, if you like the kitchen and mud room from Design A and the master suite from Design B, but don’t like any of the family room configurations, we’ll put together a drawing showing the kitchen and mud room from Design A combined with the master suite from Design B, and develop some additional ideas for the family room. We’ll also work on the exterior appearance now that we have an overall floor plan concept to guide that development.
The second meeting will be similar to the first: we’ll discuss the designs and continue tweaking them together to suit your needs. We’ll meet at least once more to finalize the design, and more times if necessary. The goal of the design phase is for us to collaboratively redesign your home so that it meets as many of your needs and goals as possible.
When you are satisfied with the design, you can give copies of these drawings to your contractor(s) to have him or her confirm the budget.
The cost for the schematic design phase will be a fixed fee based on the complexity of the design ideas, the scope of the project, and other factors, and is typically in the range of 2 – 3% of the cost of construction*, plus expenses.
Phase 3: Design Development
Once you approve the schematic design, we will further develop the design for the parts of the project that you choose to proceed with at this time. Design development will include refinement of the floor plans, exterior elevations, building sections, and interior elevation designs. We will meet with you to review the design development drawings, and will provide up to two revisions to the design development drawings.
During this time, you will select hardware, finish plumbing fixtures, appliances, kitchen and bath cabinetry, tile, stone, flooring materials, decorative lighting fixtures, shower doors, etc., as appropriate for your project.
The cost for the design development phase will be a fixed fee based on the complexity of the design ideas, the scope of the project, and other factors, and is typically in the range of 2 - 3% of the cost of construction*, plus expenses.
Phase 4. Bidding and Contract Negotiation (As required)
When the design development documents are complete (at the end of Phase 3), Studio Z can assist you with obtaining preliminary pricing. When the construction documents are complete (at the end of Phase 5), Studio Z can assist you with the negotiation of the contract for your project and answer any questions that the bidding contractor(s) may have concerning the design and drawings.
Charges for the bidding and contract negotiation phase are usually billed at an hourly rate. The total fee varies based on the clients’ knowledge of construction and comfort level with discussing the project with contractors and subcontractors.
Phase 5. Construction Documents
When you are comfortable with the design, and typically after you’ve gotten a preliminary cost estimate from your contractor(s), Studio Z will proceed with the construction document phase. During this time, we will produce drawings and specifications as required for building permit applications and as the basis of construction. We will need to meet at least once during this phase to discuss electrical and lighting requirements, as well as any questions we have for you.
The design should be finalized before construction drawings are started to avoid additional costs.
The cost for construction documents will be a fixed fee based on the complexity of the design, the scope of the project, and other factors, and is typically in the range of 3 – 4% of the cost of construction*, plus expenses.
Phase 6. Construction Observation and Administration
During construction, Studio Z will answer your questions as well as the contractor’s, make site visits at appropriate points, and help you and the contractor resolve any issues regarding the project. Upon request, Studio Z will help you develop a punch list (a list of items requiring attention before the job can be considered complete) and accompany you on a final walk-through.
The fee for the construction observation and administration phase will be a fixed fee based on the complexity of the design, the scope of the project, and other factors, and is typically in the range of 1 – 2% of the cost of construction*, plus expenses.
* It’s a challenge to explain the costs of construction, but we almost always have to gently tell people that construction costs are higher than they think. In 2016, a simple sunroom addition might cost about $75,000, while a large addition with interior remodeling might be closer to $300,000. A whole house remodeling project could cost upwards of $500,000. Before we meet in person, we’ll discuss the probable costs for your proposed project, including construction costs and architectural fees, so that you can evaluate your options and determine whether the project is within your budget or not.
To help you have a more realistic picture of where your budget should be, I recommend you look at Remodeling Magazine's Cost Vs. Value Report, which takes 35 of the most popular remodeling projects, gives you their average cost in the Detroit Metro region and also lists what you can expect for a return on your investment.