Plan Pricing

Example - The usual choice is "(D) Full Plan Package".

A plan with 2000 square feet of Charged Areas would cost $65 setup fee, + $.45 x 2000, + $235 Base Fee = $1135 Design Charge, or $1135/2000 SqFt = 57¢/SqFt. + (PS) Printed Plan Sets = Total Cost

You would pay $65 when work is started, then $267.50, then $267.50, then $267.50 and then $267.50 + (PS) print charge.

Yes, The chart below looks pretty confusing. If you plan to build from these plans then use plan package (D) or (F). If you just need concept plans, appraisal plans, or if you are an experienced contractor, then you should consider plan package (A), (B) or (C). If you are building a house to put on the market for sale then you will need plan package (M) to allow for the additional amenities/views/etc for advertising the property.

Get an Online Cost Estimate of your custom house plans

As a rule, I do NOT charge by the hour, so Changes made to your floor plan layout don't affect how much your plans will cost!

Face-To-Face Price - You live close by and we meet face-to-face to discuss changes or you choose to use the telephone to work out the design of your house plans.

Internet Price - Virtually all contact is by email or fax. You fill out the form here to start the process (You will get a cost estimate before work is started). Email or fax a sketch of the layout for your house. The initial sketch does not have to be extremely detailed. You will receive the initial layouts from your sketch by email in Chief Architect format. You can examine them in 2D & 3D using the Chief Architect Client Viewer and then email your changes to me. We will likely do this several times before you get the floor plan layout the way you want them.

Charged Areas - You are charged the Full rate for Living Space, Stairwells, Window Wells, unfinished Bonus Rooms, Open Below areas and basements with rooms. There are Reduced rates for Wood Decks, Covered Porches, Garage and Unfinished Basement areas. The Living Space includes heated and storage areas. An attached carport or garage is charged at 55% of the Charged Areas Full rate, but Unattached Garages, storage buildings, etc are charged at the (UG) Plan Package rate.)

Additional Charges: There are additional fixed charges for several items, including: Stairways, Roof Dormers, Bay Windows, Terrain Depiction, Site Plan, REScheck, etc. Those items are listed below the Plan Package's descriptions.

Ownership - After the plans are finished, we will both own them. Both parties will be free to reproduce, modify, sell, etc.

NOTE: I do not offer an architectural stamp or engineered specifications. If you need stamped plans you will need to contact a local engineer to add any necessary detail drawings to the plans and to stamp or certify the drawing plans. Most engineered specifications will be done by the specific manufacturer. i.e. Truss and beam manufacturers. (Most areas require architectural stamps for Commercial plans, not for Residential.)

Your NEXT STEP is to fill out the Custom Plans Questionnaire

Full Plan (D) 
See EXAMPLE plan

Internet Price

$65 Setup Fee

+$235 Base Fee

45¢ Sq Ft Charged Areas

+any Additional Charges
+ (PS) Printed Plan Sets

Description

Contractor Plans, Cross Sections, Electrical, exterior details & Detail drawings

Includes

Contractor Plans Plus:
Cross Sections, detail drawings, window and door schedules.
Suggested placement of support beams.

See ADDITIONAL CHARGES for reduced rate areas and added charges items.

IMPORTANT: If you need to see the placement of the framing lumber (floor joists and rafters) select Plan (F).

Payment Schedule

>$65 setup fee when work is started
> 1/4 of total plan cost when exterior walls are established (that's when I know the approx sq ft to calculate the plan's total price)
> 1/4 of total plan cost when roof design is started
> 1/4 of total plan cost when print layout work begins
> 1/4 of total plan cost + print charge, when detail drawings are finished and plans are ready to print

Example - The usual choice is "(D) Full Plan Package".
A plan with 2000 square feet of Charged Areas would cost $65 setup fee, + $.45 x 2000, + $235 Base Fee = $1135 Design Charge, or $1135/2000 SqFt = 57¢/SqFt. + (PS) Printed Plan Sets = Total Cost
You would pay $65 when work is started, then $267.50, then $267.50, then $267.50 and then $267.50 + (PS) print charge

See EXAMPLE plan

Your NEXT STEP is to fill out the Custom Plans Contact Form (Questionnaire

Floor Plans Only (A) 
See EXAMPLE plan

Internet Price

$65 Setup Fee

17¢ Sq Ft
Charged Areas
+$235 Base Fee

+Additional Charges (if any)

Plus (PS) Printed Plan Sets

Description

Floor Plans only, intended as a planning tool. Not suitable for construction.

Includes

Floor Plan showing wall, doors, windows, cabinets, and built-in fixtures. w/Dimensions

NO: elevations, electrical, details, foundation, site plan or framing plan.

See ADDITIONAL CHARGES for reduced rate areas and added charges items.

Payment Schedule

>$65 setup fee when work is started
> 2/3 of total plan cost when exterior walls are established (that's when I know the approx sq ft to calculate the plan's total price)
> 1/3 of total plan cost + print charge, when drawings are finished and plans are ready to print

Appraisal Plans (B) 
See EXAMPLE plan

Internet Price

$65 Setup Fee

23¢ Sq Ft

Charged Areas

+$235 Base Fee

+Additional Charges (if any)

Plus (PS) Printed Plan Sets

Description

Floor Plan & Elevations only, intended as a financial planning tool.

Includes

Floor Plan w/Dimensions & Elevations

NO: electrical, details, foundation, site plan, framing plan, etc.


See ADDITIONAL CHARGES for reduced rate areas and added charges items.

Payment Schedule

>$65 setup fee when work is started
> 1/4 of total plan cost when exterior walls are established (that's when I know the approx sq ft to calculate the plan's total price)
> 1/4 of total plan cost when roof design is started
> 1/4 of total plan cost when print layout work begins
> 1/4 of total plan cost + print charge, when detail drawings are finished and plans are ready to print

Contractor Plans (C) 
See EXAMPLE plan

Internet Price

$65 Setup Fee

34¢ Sq Ft

Charged Areas

+$235 Base Fee

+Additional Charges (if any)

Plus (PS) Printed Plan Sets

Description

Basic Construction Plans for the experienced contractor or home owner that does not need any plan Details. (cross section interior views, stair detail, decking detail, etc.)

Includes

Appraisal Plans Plus:
Full Dimensions, Foundation plan, window and door schedules.

NO: electrical, cross sections, details or framing plan.

See ADDITIONAL CHARGES for reduced rate areas and added charges items.

Payment Schedule

>$65 setup fee when work is started
> 1/4 of total plan cost when exterior walls are established (that's when I know the approx sq ft to calculate the plan's total price)
> 1/4 of total plan cost when roof design is started
> 1/4 of total plan cost when print layout work begins
> 1/4 of total plan cost + print charge, when detail drawings are finished and plans are ready to print

Full Plan (D) 
See EXAMPLE plan

Internet Price

$65 Setup Fee

45¢ Sq Ft

Charged Areas

+$235 Base Fee

+Additional Charges (if any)

Plus (PS) Printed Plan Sets

Description

Contractor Plans, Cross Sections, exterior details & Detail drawings

Includes

Contractor Plans Plus:
Electrical plan, Cross Sections, detail drawings.
Suggested placement of support beams.

See ADDITIONAL CHARGES for reduced rate areas and added charges items.

IMPORTANT: If you need to see the placement of the framing lumber (floor joists and rafters) select Plan (F).

Payment Schedule

>$65 setup fee when work is started
> 1/4 of total plan cost when exterior walls are established (that's when I know the approx sq ft to calculate the plan's total price)
> 1/4 of total plan cost when roof design is started
> 1/4 of total plan cost when print layout work begins
> 1/4 of total plan cost + print charge, when detail drawings are finished and plans are ready to print

Framing Plan (F) 
See EXAMPLE plan

Internet Price

$65 Setup Fee

56¢ Sq Ft

Charged Areas

+$235 Base Fee

+Additional Charges (if any)

Plus (PS) Printed Plan Sets

(NOTE: The framing information will be very accurate but please expect that there will be some errors /omissions)

Description

Drawings showing the framing lumber's placement in the house plan and material takeoff in Excel format. (for framing lumber)

Includes

This includes everything in the Full Plan Package (D), Plus: These drawings show the placement of floor & ceiling joists & rafters.

Changes CANNOT be made once work on the framing plan begins without additional charges! Make sure your layout and material choices are final before this work is started.

Payment Schedule

>$65 setup fee when work is started
> 1/4 of total plan cost when exterior walls are established (that's when I know the approx sq ft to calculate the plan's total price)
> 1/4 of total plan cost when roof design is started
> 1/4 of total plan cost when print layout work begins
> 1/4 of total plan cost + print charge, when detail drawings are finished and plans are ready to print

Market House Plan (M) 
(plans for houses that are Not Pre-Sold.)

Internet Price

$65 Setup Fee

64¢ Sq Ft

Charged Areas

+$235 Base Fee

+Additional Charges (if any)

Plus (PS) Printed Plan Sets

Description

(F) Framing Plan plus additional detail typically requested by builder/seller.

Includes

People/Companies requesting plans for un-sold, or 'Market Houses' usually request that amenities be shown/addressed on the plans.

Whereas, on a typical custom plans, room finish, specific fixtures, details on special amenities, etc, are addressed when the home owner fills out the Finish Schedule.

Payment Schedule

>$65 setup fee when work is started
> 1/4 of total plan cost when exterior walls are established (that's when I know the approx sq ft to calculate the plan's total price)
> 1/4 of total plan cost when roof design is started
> 1/4 of total plan cost when print layout work begins
> 1/4 of total plan cost + print charge, when detail drawings are finished and plans are ready to print

Garage Only (G) 
(unattached, without a new house plan)
See EXAMPLE plan

Internet Price

$65 + 60¢ Sq Ft

+$235 Base Fee

Plus (PS) Printed Plan Sets

Description

Garage, work shop, storage building, etc. that is not part of a new house plan package.

Includes

Everything included in (D) Plan Package.
This is for a simple garage plan...

Payment Schedule

> Same as (D) Plan Package

ADDITIONAL CHARGES to New Plan Packages

(S) Stairway,
Tall Covered Entrance

Internet Price

$95

Description

Additional flat charge for each stairway, basement window well, or covered front entrance

Includes

Any set of stairs and landings going from one floor to another floor.
Window wells in basement areas.
Covered front entrance (other than a typical, simple, covered 'porch' that has the same ceiling height as the house's first floor).

Payment Schedule

> Added to the total cost of the Plan Package you selected.

(RD)
Roof Dormer, Bay Windows, Window Wells

Internet Price

$55

Description

Additional charge for each Roof Dormer & each Bay, Bow or Box Window

Includes
Payment Schedule

> Added to the total cost of the Plan Package you selected.

(AG)
Attached Garage (with new house plan package)
& Covered Porches

Internet Price

55% of plan SqFt Rate

Description

This is your typical garage that is often included under the main roof structure.

Includes
Payment Schedule

> Added to the total cost of the Plan Package you selected.

(UG)
Unattached Garage (with new house plan package)

See EXAMPLE plan
Internet Price

Same as plan SqFt Rate

Description

Garage, as part of new house plans, that is not attached to house (or attached by a breezeway or short wall section)

Includes

Everything included in the selected Plan Package.

Payment Schedule

> Added to the total cost of the Plan Package you selected.

(UB)
Unfinished Basement

Internet Price

55% of plan SqFt Rate

Description

Typical basement areas that do not have any roughed-in or finished rooms.

Includes
Payment Schedule

> Added to the total cost of the Plan Package you selected.

(DK)
Decking

Internet Price

Pkg A, B or C 16¢ Sq Ft

Pkg D or F 26¢ Sq Ft

Description

Wood Decking and steps

Includes

Wood decking, railing and any landings and stairways going to ground level. (Any set of stairs going from one deck to a deck on a different floor is considered an additional Stairway)

Payment Schedule

> Added to the total cost of the Plan Package you selected.

(ST)
Structural Requirements

Internet Price

$185

Description
Includes

Adding the required plan details, and co-ordinate with third parties, if available, to determine the required structural components.

Payment Schedule

> Added to the total cost of the Plan Package you selected.

(RC)
REScheck

Internet Price

$135

Description

To date, 84% of the 50 States have adopted the DOE's Building Energy Code. Follow the link to find out if your state requires the REScheck Compliance Certificate.

Includes

click to view Sample Compliance Report

Payment Schedule

> Added to the total cost of the Plan Package you selected.

(SP)
Site Plan

Internet Price

$115

** see trip charge note

Description

Site Plan

Includes

Your building lot showing the placement of the house only on your lot. In most cases this is done by your surveyor.

Payment Schedule

> Added to the total cost of the Plan Package you selected.

(T)
Terrain

Internet Price

$95

Description

Show approximate grade around house.

Includes

This will be a rough approximation of the grade (ground level) around the house. This may be helpful where the plan has a 'Daylight' or 'Walk-Out' basement.

Payment Schedule

> Added to the total cost of the Plan Package you selected.

(PS)
Plan Sets

Internet Price

$1.75/page plus $14 S&H

$3.00/page plus $24 S&H

Description

1/4" scale on 24"x36" paper

1/4" scale on 36"x48" paper
(I have yet to design plans for a house that was large enough to need this size sheet.)

Includes

Depending on the house size, number of floors and the complexity of the drawing, a typical plan set may contain 10-16 pages. The EXAMPLE plan is an 'F' Plan Package and contains 13 pages. (So 6 sets would cost $1.75 x 13 = $22.75/set x 6 sets = $136.50 + $14 S&H for a total of $150.50 delivered)
(On the other hand, 6 sets of a 10 page plan would cost $119 delivered.)

Payment Schedule

> If you require printed plans (most people do), you will be billed when your plans are ready to be sent to the print shop...as part of your final payment.

Print your own plans

Internet Price

No Charge

Description

You will receive your plans in Adobe PDF format so you may have them printed at a local print shop.

Payment Schedule

> After final payment for Custom Drawn House Plans is received.

Third Parties

Internet Price

?

Description

i.e. -Some suppliers and manufacturers may offer assistance with the use or application of their products. -Work with your Engineer (if one is needed) to incorporate his structural specifications in the plans. etc.

Payment Schedule

** Local Trip Charge Note: Local Jobs within 20 miles: A trip charge of $10 plus $1.40/mile/trip, one way will be added if I need to go to your site, with your approval, to gather information relevant to your plans. There is NO Trip Charge for the initial visit!

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