Fees and contracts can vary greatly from architect
to architect. Architects may arrive at a cost for their
fees based on an hourly rate, a percentage of construction
cost, a lump sum total, dollars per square foot, or
size of job. In Barbados, the Barbados Institute of
Architects has a recommended fee scale, available to
the public, based on the final percentage of the total
Vicki Telford Architects is more than happy
to send persons requiring an architect or project manager
a proposal based on an initial discussion of the person's
requirements for their project. VTA will confirm the
fees in the proposal. We work on the final percentage
of construction cost for architectural services, unless
otherwise agreed upon. We sometimes agree to negotiate
a limit on the total amount of our fees for basic services,
based on construction cost.
When comparing architects, it is important to know
what their estimate of fees includes. Services can vary
greatly, and it's important to know what you are going
to get. Asking to see actual drawing sets, projects
under construction, and completed projects will give
you an idea of the level of detail and design refinement
that an architect includes in their drawings and specifications.
A typical complete set of construction documents from
our office will include all the information a contractor
will need to accurately price and construct the project.
It will include a site plan, floor plans, lighting plans,
interior and exterior elevations, building sections,
interior and exterior details, and complete specifications.
More complex projects may include additional drawings
as necessary to clearly communicate design intent.
Once you have selected an architect, you'll want to
clearly outline the services to be provided in a contract.
Some architects will use the Barbados Institute of Architects
(BIA) Standard Owner/Architect contract; others will
use their own contract or a letter of agreement. At
VTA we use our Standard Conditions along with a proposal.
Our proposal will establish any nonstandard conditions
and the particular details of your project. We believe
our agreement is a little more detailed and user friendly
and establishes a clear understanding between our client
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