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Design Services

Construction Services

Sample Project Cost Breakdown

Costs listed below are meant for guidance only and may not reflect your unique project

minorreno

12%

Design only fees

$12,958

$107,958

Total Project Costs

$95,000

$592,300

Minor Renovation Cost

Average Boston home value

Average Boston home value

Gut Renovation Cost

$592,300

$190,000

$14,307

Design|Build Fees

Total Project Cost

$204,307

gutreno

7%

$591,415

Total Project Cost

Design|Build Fees

$41,415

$550,000

$592,300

New Construction Cost

Average Boston home value

gutreno

7%

Design Services

Pre-design

  • Zoning analysis
  • Gather information about community concerns and issues that may impact the proposed project
  • Site analysis
  • Document existing conditions
  • Conduct a feasibility study to determine the project's financial viability
  • Establish sustainability goals
  • Establish project design goals
  • Establish program requirements by listing spaces and their characteristics
  • Diagram spaces and their functional relationships
  • Develop a conceptual budget
  • Evaluate opportunities for increased value or build a Pro Forma

Design costs vary depending on scope, but the following is a good starting point to estimate design fees

  • 7% of total project costs if DBB is the contractor and the designer
  • 12% of total project cost if DBB is not the contractor

A lot goes into the design and can be broken down into 5 phases. The breakdown on the right shows how the design fees are broken down. Read below to see what happens at each design phase.

  • Preliminary building plans
  • Preliminary sections and elevations
  • At our leisure if deemed necessary
    • Study models
    • Perspective sketches
    • Electronic modeling
  • Preliminary selections of materials and systems
  • Preliminary estimate of the cost of the work (construction cost)

Schematic Design

Design Development

  • Plans
  • Sections
  • Elevations
  • Typical construction details
  • Equipment layouts
  • Preliminary materials and systems specifications
  • Updated estimate of the cost of the work
  • Drawings and specifications that establish in detail the quality level of materials and systems required for the project
  • Updated estimate of the cost of the work

Construction Documentation

Even if we're not chosen as the general contractor we can be retained for construction administrative services to ensure your contractor sticks to the plan and effectively answer any questions the contractor may have. Services include:

  • Field reports that document daily activities with photos
  • Respond to contractor's Request for Information
  • Iron out any issues that arise during construction that require design intervention
  • Make decisions on behalf of the owner to keep construction moving
  • Review contractor applications for payment
  • Manage project close-out procedures and documentation

Construction Administration

Design Development

Construction Documentation

Construction Administration

Schematic Design

Pre-Design

Design Phase

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Design Fee %

40%

20%

10%

20%

10%

Construction Services

  • PHIUS Certified Builderâ„ 
  • New construction
  • Additions
  • Renovations
  • Deep-energy retrofit