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I usually do sf costs, then add for bathrooms and kitchens. Before this pandemic I would tell people around $200-250/sf then add $20 for bathrooms snd $40k for kitchens. Flippers always tell me they can do it for much less.
Of course it depends on how busy the contractors are, which if they are any good, they are overbooked and not giving away their services in this climate.I used to pride myself on getting the numbers right, with a tight range. More recently the prices are more varied, and preliminary estimates by the contractors prior to drawings are always higher once they are done.Might as well advise the clients beforehand about fluctuations these days. They know what's happening so you'll both be on the same page early on.
I agree; yet I think the issue seems to go back to the inception: the setup of a project; the Owner's due diligence for project feasibility and a clear set of expectations in the programming phase. And this is where we as Architects could step-up our game, add value for truly professional services.
Though it's the Owner's burden to determine upfront if a project is to be driven by budget, schedule, or performance, giving each a priority number from 1 to 3, it's often in the Architect's power to extract this information by asking questions, guide an Owner unfamiliar with projects on the importance of setting parameters and putting enough effort in programming. In the end, the Owner is only after a finished product, and in more recent years, a digital as-built twin.
I would like my clients to look back and express that the greatest value of my contribution was in this, without which the project would have been a disaster. Establish our value from inception, construction, close-out, operation and subsequent improvements. A more holistic set of services.
Does it sound too romantic?
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