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RAAarchitects are committed to providing a high quality service to all our clients. We do not aim to be the cheapest as we want to be able to maintain this high standard of design and service.

We explain to all our clients that the most important part of the construction project is the design component and in particular the selection of the architect. The variations in architects fees are generally a small part of the overall construction cost of a project but it is critical that you select the architect that will be right for you and your project and not make a decision based on fees that may only end up being one or two percent of the project value.

Below is a guide to the different methods that we use and we are happy to meet and discuss your project and to provide a written fee proposal.

RAAa uses a number different methods to calculate fees depending on the complexity of the job, the estimated construction cost and the number of stages that we will be completing on the project. The methods are:

Hourly rates

Hourly rates are normally used for small jobs (generally under $300,000 construction cost) that are too unpredictable to provide fixed fees and too small to provide percentage fees.


Fixed fees

Fixed fees are normally used for jobs that are easier to quantify the work such as Complying Development Certificates, or projects where it is vital that the client knows the costs at the start.

We will write a detailed proposal including a schedule of the deliverables that we will provide so that the scope of work is clear to the client and to us.

Percentage fees

This is the traditional billing method for architects. The fee is a percentage of the final construction costs of the project including the client supplied items that we have specified or assisted in selecting.

The percentage depends on two things. Firstly, the complexity of the project, houses and complex building have a higher percentage fee and simple or repetitive projects such as warehouses have a lower fee. Secondly, the construction cost, the higher the building cost the lower the percentage fee.

Generally, the fees for a house will vary between 10% to 15% depending on the construction cost and other complications such as council area.

The fees for alterations and additions are generally higher as the work is normally more complicated than a new build.

Fees for apartments building and commercial jobs are on a case by case basis and we are happy to meet and discuss your project and provide a written fee proposal.