Tips to reduce costs

• Provide us with as much information up front as possible. Pictures, drawings, lists of desired features, target budgets, example finishes, appliance models, plumbing fixture models, etc. The more specific, the better.

• Ask questions all the time. There are no foolish questions. Ask to have any unfamiliar terms explained. Don't let something go by that you don't understand.

• Make big changes early in the process and have confidence in your decisions.

• Only make small changes late in the process. Paint color changes or appliance model changes are easy at the end; removing 15% of the total square footage is not.

• Involve the contractors and suppliers at the very beginning of design for the most accurate cost information.

• Pick experienced, high quality contractors and subcontractors. In the end, they will be cheaper than the inexpensive guy who makes mistakes and has to do things twice.

What is this project going to cost?

It is difficult to give an estimate of the costs for drafting work without knowing the particulars of your project. Our work ranges from very small scope that might involve a single page drawing and 4 hours time or less; to a large project that may involve many months of work and hundreds of drawings.

Please call or email me and I would be happy to discuss the specifics of your project and provide you with a free estimate.

We bill on an hourly basis. As a rough estimate, a relatively simple sheet will average about 8 hours, and a more complex sheet with many custom details may take as much as 40 hours. It all depends on the complexity. For simple single family residential work, an average figure is 16 hours per sheet.

The number of sheets depends on the scope of the project. A furniture piece might be one sheet, a small one room addition might be 3-6 sheets, a simple home under 2500 square feet might be 12-18 sheets, a very large complex home could range from 30 to 100 sheets. The scope also depends on whether or not we are doing structural drafting. If the structural engineer is doing his own drafting, these sheet counts would reduce by about 25 to 30 percent.