Steve Hall

SteveHallArchitecture was founded in 2013 to serve clients out of a passion for design excellence, material craft, and good building science. With over 35 years in the construction and architecture industry, broad project experience enables us to explore creative expressions and feasible construction.

The firm holds corporate licensure under the North Carolina Board of Architecture. Individual credentials include professional licensure under the same and a national certificate with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and membership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) national, state, and local chapters:

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Project Locations

Now in its eighth year of practice, about half of SteveHallArchitecture projects are within the intra-Triangle region of North Carolina: Morrisville, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and Fuquay-Varina (#MoCaApHoFu).

About a hundred projects beyond include Raleigh to Durham, Mebane to Greenville, and Fayetteville to Butner, with several farther from Bath to Black Mountain. Career-long experience is across the U.S. and international.

What We Do

Services are broadly available, tailored to the individual project. Traditional and advanced architectural services can be organized into four general phases:


Existing Information Gathering and Evaluation



Here are a few individual pages outlining some commonly provided services:

A critical component of the design process is virtual rendering of project forms, spaces, lighting, and materials.
Architectural Survey
Establishes base information required for renovations, additions, or change-of-use projects to existing buildings.
Architectural Survey, Residential
One example of the information measured and drawn for an architectural survey typical of an existing home.
Site Analysis
Why research the site? Because that 11.2 acres they're selling might only have 5.9 acres of usable area:

  $/usable ≠ $/acre
Property Assessment
Evaluation of a facility, usually for a real estate transaction.

Designs are created with an array of experienced consultants, as appropriate, for interior design, site planning, engineering for structural, fire protection, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems, and other specialties as required. The process is a partnership with clients, owners, tenants, engineers, designers, consultants, contractors, and jurisdiction officials from initial conception to the completion of construction.


Below are a few individual project examples. Click on the project to go to a dedicated page with more information about each.

Wake Oasis
Shipping container-based coffee drive-through
Di Fara
The famous Brooklyn pizzeria now in Cary.
Expressive steel and translucent light to solve structural challenges
Mid-century Modernization
Extensive additions and renovations to create a mid-century modern
Floating A-frame
Modern mountaintop A-frame house
beer bottle shop
A friendly beer hall table for craft beer in reclaimed wood and rich colors
Architect's Office
Space, light, and materials for architects
Small church in Raleigh with a creative approach to cladding
Orangery Addition
Residential orangery addition
RNA Laboratory
Brightening a dark basement for important research
Villa Renovation
Residential space reconfigurations
Barn Complex
Barn, workshop, and office complex
Medical Office Building
Composed of L-shaped forms in glass, brick, and metal panel
House in the Fields
Design exploration in a concrete nautilus shell
Clock Tower Re-cladding
Re-cladding to stop water infiltration on a community building
Reset House
A tool for resetting preconceptions of living
House M1.1
Modern house expressive of a field of view
Modern Kitchen
Enthusiastic approach to modern kitchen design
Science Spaces
Science spaces for exploration, product development, and teaching
House M1.2
Sketches for an interconnected residence and guest house
High School Auditorium and Classrooms
Renovations for a 300-seat auditorium and classrooms
Pedestrian Bridge
Corporate campus pedestrian bridge exactly 100' long
Watauga County Courthouse Roof
Major roof addition over an existing municipal building

Next Steps

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For clients exploring project feasibility, we offer a number of services.

For commercial projects, a jump start offers and initial consultation and information gathering, along with a specific plan of action for moving forward with the project.

For residential projects, review kickstart questions with the residential needs analysis. A more in depth look on how the architectural process works is covered by the residential process.

For more on engaging services, fees, and general licensure requirements for architects and contractors, see working with an architect.


Design effort is related to three variables:

  1. Complexity of the project
  2. Design quality and sensitivity
  3. Detail required in the documentation to understand, price, contract, and build

These three corners of the triangle are closely linked so that for any project, no variable will be more than one level above or below the adjacent.

For example, it's unrealistic that a school wouldn't require engineering or its forms be composed. Likewise, it would be unusual for a house to require the detailed plumbing, mechanical, and electrical engineering needed for a hospital.

So then a simple formula approximates the design fee as a sum of the three percentages from each corner multiplied by the construction budget.

This is a rough rule of thumb for calculating design fees for a project. These might be adjusted for any number of specific design requirements:

Fees and Rates

Typically arranged as a lump sum fee, most projects require a collection of services, including design, 3D models, site evaluation, field surveys, and consultants for structure, plumbing, sewer, HVAC, electrical, telecommunications, site layout, roadway, landscape plantings and features. These vary considerably from project to project, but can be roughly calculated from the expected construction budget:

Residential New Construction: 10%–15%

Residential Renovations and Additions: 12%–17%

Commercial New Construction: 5%–9%

Commercial Renovations and Upfits: 6%–10%

Existing Building Surveys, Code Analysis,
Property Condition Assessment and Report:
$1,500 + $0.10/SF – $4,000 + $0.30/SF

Questions or Ready to Begin?

If you have questions about your specific project, the design–construction process, fees, or scheduling, please reach out to any of our contacts.


(See residential approach to see the residential project version of this page.)

(See commercial approach to see the commercial project version of this page.)