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The cost to hire a floor plan designer ranges between $800 and $2,700, or an average project cost of about $1,750. Rates start at $50 and go as high as $130 per hour for a draftsperson to draw up blueprints or a house plan. Plans for a three-bedroom house require at least 10 hours to complete, and typically cost anywhere from $500 to $2,000.


Architectural drafters or draftspersons draw blueprints for new homes, renovations and additions. They use CAD (computer-aided design) software to design the architectural plans and technical drawings necessary for the engineering and construction of the space. These services may be offered through architecture and design firms, or on a freelance basis by independent professionals. Advertisement THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT AND NOT EDITORIAL CONTENT. Please note that we do receive compensation for any products you buy or sign up to via this advertisement, and that compensation impacts the ranking and placement of any offers listed herein. We do not present information about every offer available. The information and savings numbers depicted above are for demonstration purposes only, and your results may vary. Compare Quotes From Top-rated Local Flooring Contractors

Building construction professionals and designers normally use floor plan software during the proposal and decision making phase of design. It lets them create a house plan in as little as two hours for a three-bedroom home. The software creates a 3D floor plan that the designer uses to build 2D and 3D renderings for the construction or design presentation.

CAD software is much more detailed and requires about 10 hours to develop the floor plan of a similarly sized house. Architects and engineers use CAD software to create the technical drawings that provide the documentation required for construction. These plans are much more detailed and specific than those produced by basic floor plan software. CAD drawings are much more costly and are only needed after the design has been finalized. CAD software is not DIY friendly. If you need blueprints, hire a professional drafter.

The cost of hiring a draftsman adds to the bottom line, but it is necessary whenever original blueprints are required. The final cost of drafting services is affected by the project size, complexity, plan requirements, tools used, timeframe and location. Costs double or triple in big cities compared to rural or suburban rates. The average cost of drafting services range from $800 to $2,700 to draw up blueprints for new construction, remodels or additions.

An architect is a licensed professional who has a four-year college degree, several years of professional training and has passed a grueling multi-part exam. This person has the training and expertise to perform design, drafting and engineering. Some licensed architects describe themselves as designers, but only licensed architects may claim that title. The cost to hire an architect ranges from $100 to $350 per hour.

A draftsperson or designer who is not a licensed architect can also design floor plans. They often work under the supervision of engineers or architects, but many offer their services on a freelance basis. Voluntary certification is available, but academic and professional experience vary significantly. It is important to review portfolios and check references before contracting a freelance designer draftsperson. Certified Drafter charges range from $80 to $150 per hour.

Because of wide variations in plan details, drafting costs per square foot also vary significantly. Fees for drafting services range from $0.50 to $3 per square foot. The cost for an architect runs from $1.25 to as much as $10 per square foot. Advertisement THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT AND NOT EDITORIAL CONTENT. Please note that we do receive compensation for any products you buy or sign up to via this advertisement, and that compensation impacts the ranking and placement of any offers listed herein. We do not present information about every offer available. The information and savings numbers depicted above are for demonstration purposes only, and your results may vary. Using your home's equity is an easy way to fund your new floors!

The cost of printing ranges from $.06 to $25 per sheet. One or more hard copies may be included in the drafting fee. The average set of house blueprints has 10 sheets per level. A full set of prints includes all the sheets for the whole project. Technology has reduced, but not eliminated, the need for hard copy prints. Extra prints will cost more.

Check with your local building authority. In most circumstances, a drafter can create a complete set of blueprints without the aid or oversight of an architect. Only hire those with education and proven experience in drafting, preferably with credentials such as certification by the American Design Drafting Association.

This can be especially frustrating when you're trying to design a house. We all have memories and pictures recorded in our mind that seem to be perfect for our own environment, but how do you turn those thoughts into working drawings?

The exterior of the house is one of the major controllers of your design. The style of house will have a major input on how the house lays out. This is what B and G Drafting does for you. Don't worry about how to get the look you want, just show us pictures of what you like. See Hidden Design Controllers in TOOL BOX.

Make your second conference appointment for returning the preliminary drawing for adjustments and consultation for Final Construction Plans. When plans are completed (approx. 4 weeks from second conference date) you will be contacted with construction copies ready. Final payment is due at this time. You are now ready to build!

REMEMBER: Plan ahead! Try to get your plans started enough in advance with us so that you have plenty of time to get bids, apply for loans, etc. after you receive them and before you need to start building.

Energy efficiency is not a concept that you "add in" to a house, it is a core strategy that must be "designed into" your project from the beginning. In fact, the most cost-effective measures are chosen before any construction starts at all - even for portions of your home that are to be built with ordinary materials!

As designers, our objective is to help choose an energy strategy that makes your whole house perform as a balanced and integrated unit - all systems working together toward efficiency. How this happens differs for every design project, but we have assembled a few articles on the following pages to help guide your thinking.

You get the idea. There are hundreds of individual design efficiency measures that could affect your home's overall energy performance. The question is, "Which measures are good value in a balanced, overall design strategy?" It might be an excellent idea to improve the insulation in your exterior walls, but not necessarily at the expense of other options. Based on your budget, your investment might be better placed in something else. Are there any simple measures to improve the overall efficiency? (You don't want to have a house with well-insulated walls but an obvious energy leak somewhere else. That would be the equivalent of having a coffee thermos with good "walls" but no lid!)

6. Will insulating/sealing the crawl space or attic save energy?7. Is the shape and orientation of the house on the property important?8. Can I take advantage of passive solar benefits through window placement?9. Does the type of Water Heater affect my overall efficiency?10. Do my appliances really affect the total energy consumption significantly?11. Are there some inexpensive construction "tricks" that always pay off?...And the list can go on indefinitely with the same answer: "It Depends..."

VENTILATION:While it's true that a well-performing house does a good job of isolating the "weather outside" from the interior environment, it is equally important to provide the right type of ventilation to help assure good indoor air quality and moisture control. It is possible to build a house so "tight" that it doesn't naturally ventilate, but this can cause health risks to the occupants. Controlled ventilation air is needed to promote physical well-being, and exhaust is needed to remove unwanted moisture from the house.

PRESSURE:Air pressures can be an invisible enemy to efficient design. We seldom think about how air pressures affect a house, but they do. Wind, gravity, exhaust fans, clothes dryers, and HVAC systems can change the balance of air pressure on your home and "work against" any other energy control measures you have integrated. Any little "thermal bypass" that was overlooked during construction can become a major point of energy loss in a pressurized context; it can significantly affect the performance of the overall system. Remember, it doesn't take long for even a tiny hole in a rowboat to become a major problem to its overall performance!

Solar energy can be an asset or a liability, depending on your specific requirements and energy strategy. In terms of winter heating, a good "Passive Solar" design can help your house capture free energy and temper your monthly energy bills significantly. Solar features don't have to involve expensive (or ugly) technology, the basic principles can be incorporated into any design with no loss of "style." When paired with proper site orientation and window technology, there's no reason why a house in our market shouldn't incorporate at least a basic solar-savvy design strategy.

HVAC SYSTEMS:Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning equipment has a monumental impact on your total energy consumption. The overall efficiency of available equipment has improved drastically, even in recent years. However, the level of investment in efficient HVAC equipment must be in balance with the overall performance of your home. It won't help your energy bill to put a high-efficiency furnace in a drafty house! At some point, your "efficiency dollars" need to be directed toward thermal/moisture protection, windows, appliances, and lighting. Investing extra money in any one system only pays off if supported by the overall design. 041b061a72


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