While finding the lowest design fee may seem to be prudent, you may be unknowingly sacrificing the suitability and relevance of your project, and possibly making it more costly to build.

The reason is simple. Design fees are a direct reflection of the amount of time devoted to the development of your design, and the preparation of your construction drawings, both of which are very important. With low fees, you invariably will receive less.

It’s worth noting that design fees generally represent only a small part of a project budget. In many cases, the long-term benefits of a well-designed project, with complete drawings, outweigh the minimal initial short-term savings.