Plan a Remodel Cost

How much does it cost to plan a remodel?

Getting plans drawn to prepare for a remodel is the first step to transform a home. Plans assist in getting the correct permits for building and ensure that the space is exactly how you desire. This cost guide looks at getting the plans drawn for a sizable remodel of a 750 sq.ft. bedroom wing in a 1500 sq.ft. home.

Cost breakdown

  • Labor: both draftsmen and architects can be used to draw up plans to submit for permits and approval with the county. A remodel of 750 sq.ft. would be expected to take around 20 hours including time to consult structural engineers and drawing time.

    • Architects charge around $100-$125/hour and are necessary if major construction is required for the remodel (like adding a second level, adding a new wing in a home, major structural changes, etc.). This cost typically reflects 10%-17% of the total cost, for example in the typical $7880 cost of a bedroom remodel, the architect would cost between $788 and $1340. Total costs $2000-$2500.
    • Draftsmen charge between $50-$75/hour and can design more basic remodels using computer-aided design (CAD) or engineering prints. Total costs: $1000-$1500.
    • The costs associated to plan a remodel include: the labor estimate to plan remodeling, collecting owner requirements, developing and presenting concepts, refine and finalize design concept and details as well as the planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
  • Permits: permits are set down by state and local authorities to ensure compliance with building codes. The national average cost of a building permit is $853 although most homeowners are spending between $366 and $1340.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Enhance your planning experience by ensuring your draftsman or architect uses CAD software. This allows for easier visualization of the end product.
  • Get the remodel you really wanted by enhancing your remodel with interior design for around $6000 per room.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Building permits typically include 3 visits from an inspector to ensure compliance. Additional visits will be charged extra.
  • If an architect or draftsman needs to consult additional experts to draw the plans, that time and the time of the experts will be billed. This can range in costs from an extra $100 to $4000 depending on the project.
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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Belmont, MA
+41%
Birmingham, AL
+6%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Cape Coral, FL
-9%
Carnation, WA
+9%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chattanooga, TN
+1%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Corning, NY
-7%
Cupertino, CA
+33%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Flagstaff, AZ
-27%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Myers, FL
-7%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Gilroy, CA
+13%
Haledon, NJ
+31%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Hollywood, FL
0%
Honokaa, HI
+13%
Honolulu, HI
+35%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Little Rock, AR
0%
Los Altos, CA
+41%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Manchester, VT
-7%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Menlo Park, CA
+44%
Miami, FL
+1%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Naperville, IL
+47%
Nashville, TN
+21%
New Orleans, LA
+35%
New York, NY
+77%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Orlando, FL
+2%

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