Heitzman Architects Professional Fees

House additions and remodeling projects:  10% of construction costs

New custom houses:  12% of construction costs

Other new buildings:  7% of construction costs


Fees include the following services:

  1. Site analysis
  2. With input from you, create a list of functional requirements for the project - the "program"
  3. Building Code and Zoning analysis.
  4. Measured drawings
  5. Schematic Design:  Creation of one or more plans which satisfy the program
  6. Design Development:  Refined plans, elevations of the exterior, preliminary details and specifications
  7. Structural engineering
  8. Mechanical engineering:  heating, ventilating and air conditioning design
  9. Sustainability analysis
  10. Electrical engineering: power, lighting, telephone, computer network distribution, intercom system, fire alarm
  11. Plumbing engineering:  sanitary and storm sewer, water, and fire sprinklering
  12. 3-dimensional physical study model or 3D computer imaging
  13. Construction Documents:  drawings and specifications from which the project will be bid and built
  14. Quality control checking and peer review
  15. Bidding to three or more general contractors
  16. Bid analysis and negotiation
  17. Preparation of Agreement between Owner and Contractor
  18. Construction administration:
    • Meet with general contractor and sub-contractors once a week during construction
    • Inspect of construction, approval and certification of contractor's pay requests
    • Review contractors' waivers of lien
    • Monitor contractor's schedule
    • Review and approve shop drawings and samples
    • Prepare punch list of work to be completed
    • Issue Certificate of Substantial Completion and project close-out


Services that may be requested by you, provided on an individual fee basis are the following:

  1. Architectural general consulation: $100.00 per hour
  2. Feasibility studies: 2% of project budget
  3. Interior design: $150.00 per hour
  4. Interior purchasing: 15% of discounted cost of furniture and materials purchased
  5. Structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbinbg engineering consulation: $150.00 - $200.00 per hour
  6. Construction cost estimating: 2% of construction budget
  7. Detailed scale models: $2,000.00 to $7,000.00
  8. Colored photo-realistic rendering: $3,000.00
  9. Boundary survey: $2,000.00 for a typical house lot
  10. Civil engineering: topographic survey, site grading and drainage design: $6,000.00 for a typical house
  11. Soil boring analysis $2,000.00 for a typical house - 2 borings
  12. Testing for hazardous materials: $1,500.00
  13. Review of contractors' qualifications: included in fee
  14. Building permit standard plan review online submittal: included in fee
  15. Building permit Self-Certification for eligible Chicago project: $1,000.00
  16. Historic research: $100.00 per hour
  17. Preservation tax assessment freeze application: $3,000.00


Typical cost of construction experienced over the past few years:

Residential remodeling: $200 to $250 per square foot

Residential additions (family room, kitchen and bathrooms):   $200 to $300 per square foot

Cabinets and plumbing fixtures are not usually included in construction costs - cabinet costs can be $10,000 to $30,000 and appliances can be $7,000 to $25,000 depending on number and quality

No two projects are alike. Cost depends on the complexity, materials selected, and market conditions.


Good Client + Good Architect + Good Contractor = Best Building