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Question DetailsAsked on 4/25/2015

What can we expect to pay a designer for design and project management fees on a master bath remodel?

The quote we have been given comes to around 25% of our total budget of $30K This breaks down to 10% for basic design, an additional fee to provide documents and another 15% on project management (6 hours per week for 8 weeks). Can anyone tell me if this is a reasonable cost to expect from a designer? Thanks.

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10-20% is not an usual project design fee, depending on whether just "concept and color" or including full structural and utility (HVAC, plulmbing, electrical) plans as well, like an architect would turn out. 10-15% is a usual project management/inspection fee, so all told 20-30% would be a normal range for those combined services.

Normally, for a $30K remodel one would not have 6 hours/week of inspection - usually more like 6 hours/job split into a few visits (foundation, framed roofed and sided, wired and plumbed but pre-drywall, finishes), but more inspection (assuming the inspector knows his codes and standard practice) should certainly keep the contractor on his toes, if he is not driven crazy - because this is the sort of inspection level you would expect on a government job, not a home remodel - and ceartainly WAYYY more than normal for just a bath remodel, which a designing architect would usually do at most a tearout done (to check existing utility layout is as expected and framing condition), roughed-in utilities and then completed finishes inspection on, for total of maybe a couple hours on-site, assuming he had inspection in his scope of work.

BTW - you said "designer" - if doing utility or structural drawings, make sure he/she is properly licensed (architect or civil engineer in most states) or you may find yourself in trouble come permit or building inspection time when they find the drawings are not stamped by an architect/engineer. Just an interior designer cannot legally provide those services in most states - they are restricted to interior or "architectural" finishes only, not structural or utilities design.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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