How can I keep my drafting costs down? Print
Written by Studio West Admin   
Monday, 14 April 2008 17:32

Final cost really depends on the number of drawings required and the level of detail in the design. Final cost is also dependant on how many changes you make to your design once CAD drawing has commenced.  If you are building from a non-standard building material which requires more detail drawings it will take a little longer than a regular house.  Or if your house is an unusual shape it will also take longer.

There are some common-sense ways to keep your drafting costs down:

  • Keep the number of changes to a minimum - this is probably the number one way to help reduce your drafting cost.  Some changes may be very simple in theory and take only a minute or so to actually do, but the full set of drawings must be printed and checked for errors again as part of the quality control process, which can add half an hour or more to your timesheet.  And when drawings have urgent changes to be done, the printer will always run out of paper before printing the last page!
  • Provide as much information as possible - and don't forget the window sizes, style and placement including sill heights.  You would be surprised at the number of people who request architectural plans when they haven't yet considered the windows.  Most window manufacturers will provide brochures free of charge, or have a website.
  • Provide an accurate scale drawing - if you are providing your own design, make sure your drawing is to scale preferably on graph paper, easy to read and that room sizes are noted for each room.  Be sure to allow for the thickness of the walls - 90mm for internal brickwork, 75mm or 90mm for steel or timber framed.
  • Home Additions - Obtain your existing plans from council.  Your council will advise if plans for your home are available.  Valuable information such as a detailed site plan can often be provided at little cost by your council.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2008 13:50