Tax Tips for Architect-Homeowners

You’re an architect ready to turn your design vision into a reality – your own home. But along with the excitement comes the practicalities, including financing. Understanding the tax implications of homeownership, particularly when you run a business like architecture, can make a big difference.

Tax Benefits of a Dedicated Home Office

The good news is, having a dedicated home office can offer some tax advantages. If you use a specific area of your home regularly (and exclusively) for architectural work, you may be eligible to claim deductions for a portion of your home’s running costs. These deductions can include:

  • Occupancy costs: A percentage of your mortgage interest, rates, and even depreciation on the portion of your home used for the office.
  • Running expenses: A portion of utilities (electricity, internet) and even cleaning costs associated with the office space.

Key Points to Remember:

Mortgage Interest and Property Taxes: Friend or Foe?

While mortgage interest and property taxes are expenses associated with homeownership, they can potentially benefit your architectural business.

  • Mortgage interest: A portion of your annual mortgage interest payments may be deductible as a business expense, especially if the home office is used for client meetings or storing architectural resources.
  • Property taxes: Similar to mortgage interest, a portion of your property taxes may also be claimable as a business expense, again, based on the dedicated office space.


  • Consult a registered tax agent or accountant to determine the exact amount of deductions you can claim for your home office.
  • Keep detailed records of all expenses related to your home office for tax time.

Owning a home and running an architectural practice can be a rewarding experience. By understanding the tax implications of your home office, you can ensure you’re maximizing the financial benefits and focusing on what you do best – designing your dream projects.