Architects' fees vary greatly. Architects traditionally charge based on their own set percentage of total construction project costs, with lower costs typically meaning higher architect percentages. Some do charge hourly rates, often between $75 and $150, or per-square-foot rates, commonly $2 to $5.
Architects who charge more may provide extra services. For example, they may design the kitchens inside houses they build, which could add additional project costs. Some architects' drawings of overall building designs specify most details of construction, whereas others leave that to those performing the work. Some architects also help clients find building contractors and provide consultation before and during construction.