House Plans for a Major Renovation

I recently purchased a 1,950 sq ff home that was originally built in 1930s that
needs a complete remodel.

A large family lived there so it had some additions done over the years as the family grew. I want to redesign the interior to end up with 3 bedrooms &. 2 1/2 baths.

I plan new Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC, Windows and Siding.

I do not plan to add any space.

I plan to simply make the existing structure more aesthetically appealing and functional.

I have a limited budget because of the neighboring home comps (comparables).

What can I expect to pay for plans that include a plot plan, floor plans and exterior elevations and CDs (construction details)?


Hi David,

The amount you'll have to pay for plans depends on who you hire. You may be able to use a draftsman or unlicensed designer, but your state may require an architect or an engineer to draw your plans.

The plan cost also depends on how much work needs to be done. Do you already have a design in mind, or will the designer need to develop the design? Do you need detailed construction plans (CDs) that you can bid to different contractors, or just minimal drawings required for a permit? Are you changing the exterior volume? If not, you may not need a plot plan or exterior elevations.

With all of these variables, your plans could cost anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000. To get an accurate number, you'll have to request some proposals. I'd start by talking to your local building official about plan requirements and who can draw them.

Good luck with your project,

David Moore, AIA
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