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Hello!  Our architect has flaked out.  We’re 2 months into a 5 month building project in Tamarindo.  He suddenly wants an exorbitant amount of money to do very little.  I’m not against paying, but would like to find someone else to step in.  Does anyone know of a good construction project manager in Guanacaste?  

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7 hours ago, erin4882 said:

 We’re 2 months into a 5 month building project in Tamarindo.  He suddenly wants an exorbitant amount of money to do very little.

Sounds familiar.....

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Erin,

Sounds to me like your architect is playing the old 'bait & switch' game with you.

Do you have a signed contract with him which specifies the work he was to do and for how much?

¡Puena Suerte!

Paul M.
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My understanding is that the Collegio of Architects sets the rates (expressed in percentages) for the various services an architect can offer. That is, s/he can charge a specified percent for initial rough plans, a specified percent for finished blueprints, a specified percent for getting permits, a specified percent for recruiting a builder and soliciting bids, a specified percent for . . . <all the other steps in the process through to completion>. With that, the client can choose just which services s/he wants from the architect and can know what those services will cost.

The Collegio of Architects uses a "reference cost" per square meter of the building project to compute the architect's fee(s) for each service to be provided. That reference cost has no basis in fact; it's just a number they dream up and it's much less than the actual cost of building. Its only relevance is for computing the architect's fee(s). 

For example . . .  Let's say you're building a 100 square meter house (that's about 1,077 square feet). And let's say that the Collegio's reference cost is $500 per square meter. To the Collegio, the project should cost $50,000 (again, only a reference cost for the purpose of computing the architect's fees).The Collegio might specify one percent for initial rough plans - $500. Finished blueprints - 2% or $1,000. Getting permits - 0.5% or $250. Soliciting bids and selecting a builder - 1% or $500. Supervision of the actual construction with weekly inspection visits - 4% or $2,000. (Understand, please, that the numbers in this paragraph are strictly for illustration and are not meant to be actual, real world figures.)

You could ask your architect what the basis is for the services s/he's proposing to provide and how those costs are computed. Perhaps s/he can give you a contact at the Collegio of Architects who could verify these costs.

 

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