Every client is different, and so is every home. We work with you to create a home that satisfies your wants, needs, ideas, and dreams. Whether you're starting from the ground up with a new build or remodeling your current home, we are here for you at every step, to guide you and create an amazing space you're happy to call home.


The ID8 Team has created a process that helps eliminate the overwhelm of decision-making. We structure a series of meetings to determine your style as well as the level of involvement you want to have in the process of decision-making for your project.

We understand that sometimes visualizing how your project will come together is often difficult for clients, so we digitally model and render your project so that you get a feel for the spaces and finishes before building starts.

Once we reach the construction process, we provide clients with an online app login to be able to see how the project is progressing, review our site visit reports, check in on progress photos and issue updates, and access our resources for project status reporting and budgeting. In our top construction administration/management package, we even work with your contractor to ensure that schedules are regularly updated and printed for meetings every two weeks, and that purchases, shop drawings, and submittals are reviewed and analyzed in time for accommodating lead-times.

We wish this was a simple answer for you, we really do. The challenge is that every project is different and needs different things from us. Ultimately, it's helpful to understand that Architects bill by the hour, kind of like lawyers do. So, if your project requires more work, time, deliverables, spaces, structural gymnastics, and liability for us (we generally like to refer to that as the "project scope"), it's going to cost more. 

A good rule of thumb is to think about your total project construction or renovation budget. Assume that an average Architectural fee is roughly 10% of the construction cost. Now, again, that varies A LOT and can be down as far as 5% or as high as 15%, but you can be certain we are being asked to do very different things for those two ends of the spectrum. So our goal is to help you figure out the balance between what you need and what you are willing to invest in the process by adjusting the project scope.

All of the above. I know that sounds a little funky, but that’s the way it goes. We typically do a retainer deposit at the beginning that covers 25% of the project design fees or $10,000, whichever is less. From there, we bill monthly as we complete services, and then the retainer is applied to your LAST invoice. That retainer does two things: 1.) it prevents people from using our services and never paying us for our work, and 2.) it helps a homeowner with a quick gut-check: “Do we really want to invest in this?” If the answer is ‘no’, that’s totally okay with us. We’d rather know that ahead of time than two months into the project when they decide they want to quit halfway and don’t have a complete design.

Sorry, friend. That’s just not how this works. Design professionals are naturally FULL of ideas. If you don’t like the first one, there are probably three hundred more where that came from, so we want to be clear that you’re not hiring us to hand you the perfect design right out of the gate, you’re building a relationship with us so that we can help you develop ideas and then narrow down the options to a design that works best for your circumstances. It’s not OUR design for YOUR space. It’s our process, yes, but it’s your project, and we’re working with you to figure out the best solution for you.

Again, this varies by Project Scope (there’s that magic phrase again!) If we put together a limited services agreement, for example, that leads a homeowner through the process of plan and 3D exterior development, but leaves all of the decisions of the interior finishes and cabinetry layout and accessories to you, we’re looking at roughly 2-3 months to design. If you’d like to have us on board to help you make all the decisions along the way and hand a fully detailed set of
documents to your contractor, the design process ends up being about 6-7 months. The advantage here is stress off your shoulders knowing you have help making every decision and having a full set of documents so every decision you’ve made thus far is well documented and communicated to your contractor.

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    Step One

    Contact us! We'd love to learn more about your residential project!

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    Step Two

    It's survey time. We'll ask all the questions and use the results to assess the project scope and guide our first meeting.

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    Step Three

    Initial meeting and proposal. From material selections to billing, your proposal will provide an overview of your project. During the first project meeting after we receive a signed proposal, we'll have draft contracts to talk through and get signed.

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    Step Four

    Execute the design process. After a contract is signed, the fun begins. We start working on schematics, materials, and plans.

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    Step Five

    Construction begins. We work with you and your contractor to ensure things turn out how they were designed.

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    Step Six

    Home sweet home. We hope you live happily ever after in your dream home!


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ID8 Architecture
418 Main Ave, Ste 1
Brookings, SD  57006

(605) 679-9475



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