Fees and Costs
Palmetto Home Designs charges by the hour for all of our services. Currently, hourly rates are $100 per hour for master draftsman services. Draftsman services are billed at $75 per hour and associate draftsmen are billed at $50 per hour. We charge a $300 Retainer Fee when we start the project, usually when we do the measure or in the case of a new home at the first design meeting. Usually covers the cost of the measure or initial design meeting and any remaining balance is applied to the rest of your bill.
Total costs for plans vary a lot depending on the size and scope of the job. Simple renovations may run from $500 to $1000. Additions generally run from $1200 to $3000. New construction typically run from $2000 to $5000 but again, these estimates can vary widely depending on the size, type and location of the new home.
It should also be understood that if you are building or renovating in a location that is under the supervision of a historical committee or architectural review board, these prices will almost certainly run higher. It is also common for clients to change their minds about a particular design after thinking about it over time. This is a good thing as our clients are then much happier with the final design but these changes will increase the costs of the plans. Sometimes even seemingly simple changes to a floorplan can take a lot of time to make when you have to alter other parts of the plans like rooflines, electrical drawings or foundations. The sooner in the process these changes are made, the better.