How much for a unique house?
December 31, 2008 9:13 AM Subscribe
How much does it actually cost to commission an architect to design an "interesting" home?
posted by electric_counterpoint to home & garden (10 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
[First, let me apologize to the architects who might be reading this: my job, too, involves a lot of questions from people who misusue terminology, bear wild misconceptions, and just generally don't understand the basics. Still, I tried Googling, I swear!]
I'm curious about a ballpark figure. I'm sure the price is variable, but I wonder (aside from the obvious, like the size, the location, and the architect's reputation) what the variables are? I'm not thinking of hiring this generation's Frank Lloyd Wright or anything; I'm just curious about how much "extra" it would cost to build a one-off home that looks a lot different from the standard American styles (I've paged through a couple issues of Dwell recently and liked a lot of what they featured). If this is too broad a question, could you show me some examples of recent, interesting houses and roughly how much they cost the owner?
As you can probably tell, this is just idle curiosity. Still, I think building a home someday, somewhere is on my list of far-off life goals, and I'm starting to wonder just how far-off it'd have to be.