What an architect does

Architects are highly trained in building design, engineering, and ergonomics. At the outset of a remodeling project, an architect will examine your house, listen to your dreams and needs, and then provide solutions and approximate building costs.

Once you’ve settled on a design, the professional can work up simple floor plans or complete blueprints, help select a contractor, work with a structural engineer for permitting, and spot check or oversee construction to ensure it’s being done according to plan.


  • Per hour: $50 to $150
  • Percentage of project cost: 5% to 20%
  • Flat fee: $5,000 to $20,000 on a $100,000 job

Most professionals are willing to negotiate fees on remodeling projects. They might agree to a flat fee for the design and blueprints, and a per-hour fee for site inspections and design changes after construction has begun.


The bigger the remodeling job and the more valuable the house, the more you need a professional.

“Any time you’re changing the exterior of the building, making significant alterations to the floor plan inside, or spending more than 5% of the