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A percentage-based fee is a method of compensation which links the fee for the Architect’s services to a percentage of the construction cost of the project. The percentage will vary depending on the type of building, the construction value, and the type of construction contract, and other variables.
— American Institute of Architecture

A primary concern for any building project is "How much?". At Cummins Residential we want you to be informed about the reality of construction costs in Southern California. We use a percentage based fee structure that takes into account complexity and construction value in order to come to an appropriate fee for our services.

In the current market construction runs at about $135 / SF for construction of a shell finish structure, that is, a structure that is weather tight but not completely finished on the inside. For an average quality finish it runs about $175 / SF and $225+ for High Quality finishes. Specific build costs can be acquired from the contractor you ultimately will select to build your project.


Our fees are generally 10% - 15% of the construction budget for full service through permit on a given project. There are other factors that could reduce this number and your specific project would need to be reviewed for an accurate quote to be provided.