Whenever I get a chance to ask another Designer how they go about figuring their fees, the ones who charge by
the square foot invariably state that they charge according to the size of the conditioned space ( heated space ).
This would seem to indicate that they often wouldn't calculate a square footage fee for an unheated attached
garage or for attached decks. While in some cases these portions may not add a whole lot to the time spent on
drawings there are many times when they would depending on complexity and whether the garage was heated.
Many garages have living spaces above them and many decks are multilevel, irregular shapes with several flights
of stairs ( in other words can be time consuming ).
Is this concept of only charging for conditioned space something that is taught at Architectural Technology
or Architect schools ? Can anyone explain the logic in not charging some sort of sq ft fee or allowance fee for the
garages and decks, as in my view they all add to the time it takes to draw !