House Plan Costs
I can often save you hundreds and sometimes thousands on a full set of house plan costs.
Small project plans like decks normally cost between $300 and $600, additions between $500 and $1200, and shops with living spaces $700 to $2,000 depending on the complexity of the project, your location and many other variables such as size and levels and rooflines and so forth. Last summer a client had gotten a quote for $2200 to have his detailed sketches for a one-level rancher drawn up into a full set of working plans. I did them for $1,200. The going rate is around $1.20 a square foot for plan drafting.
Working at a $65 hourly rate I just finished a full set of drawings on a large 2-story home for $2,400 that would have cost my client $6,400. That was a big and fairly involved set of plans and it was more than I normally charge. Ranch-style custom plans tend to come in around $1,200 to $1,800 and two-stories between $1,600 and $2,800.
A lot depends on how close of an idea the client has when we start. Many times people come to me with a floor plan they have drawn from a software program they picked up cheap and learned quickly. Some have been dead on and were easy to turn into a working set of blueprints. Others were not so good and required much more time and so significantly drove up their house plan costs.
At other times, clients come with one plan they found on the internet that needs just a little tweaking, while some come in with four very different ones that they want blended together. Often clients have only very vague ideas and that is alright too. So there are a lot of variables that determine house plan costs but plan development is a fun and creative process that I happen to enjoy very much.
Sometimes it goes quickly and sometimes it takes longer. Either way, it does not matter. What matters is the that the end project turns out as close to what my clients envisioned and hoped, if not better.
Click here to read a recent post I put up on how to save money on a set of custom house plans and give you a perfect example.