Sep 29, 2011 4:34 pm
We are paying our draftsman in four intallments of $637.50 (So $2550 all up). We've paid the first installment of $637.50 and then a second intallment of $637.50. He drew up plans ready for council. Once the plans were in council we saw something on them we wanted to change so we got them back from council (not charge, council was happy to release them and have us resubmit later) and added to the house a carport and a linen cupboard which pushed our house out a further 45cm.
For this alteration our draftsman has billed us a further $500...
Does this seem fair/the done thing?
If people think yes it's fair then well and good, we'll pay it. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't getting fooled here. He seems a nice guy and not the sort to bill unnecessarily but a few people I've spoken to from council have seemed really surprised that the the draftsman billing us again.
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Sep 29, 2011 5:19 pm
The $500 might be a little high. $300ish sounds more appropriate to me but I think you have been really lucky for an total cost of $2550 (before the change of plans). IMO, that is very cheap so overall I think you will still be way ahead of others....
My building thread: viewtopic.php?f=38&t=51010
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Sep 29, 2011 10:15 pm
i think its fair. may have taken him a day to update the drawings, print them, discuss the change with you on his phone, use his $5000 CAD package, pay his power bill, pay his rent etc etc.
heres a good comparison. head to the local resturaunt and order the sirloin steak. get half way through it and deceide you now want the dhufish and chips. i think you will find you'll be charged the full price for both.
good luck with the council approval
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Sep 30, 2011 2:56 pm
Generally any changes will incurr a change of drawing revision and I would expect a change process to keep a record of the changes and previous revisions, reason for changes etc. There is allways a paper trail with that sort of thing which creates an overhead cost. When I worked as a drafter in the construction industry I reckon about half my time was spent on constant changes to all types of drawings and designs including variation costs etc. It would have been a much simpler world if people just made up their minds or new all the eventualities up front.
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Sep 30, 2011 8:16 pm
Whether it is a fair price depends on what you have had done. To put it in perspective, about 8 months ago we had a draftsman draw up our plans.
In all we had about 4 visits to him, and went up to Revision 9 with small changes. The price he charged was per m2 and there were no charges for any changes.
He also organised soil logs, contour plans and stormwater layout. This, including the drafting came in at just under $2400.
Hope this helps.
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Sep 30, 2011 9:31 pm
Hi Kels,like aj l had a draftman do my plans he worked in with my builder[very small co]
my costs were $1400 had many meetings and 10 revisions.l was expecting 2-3 k.
DID he have to do a star rating?,sometimes we think it's just a click and the plan wil
change[not saying that's what your thinking]if he has done a good job and council
pass it l don't think $3000 is to far off the mark
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Oct 04, 2011 8:45 am
Yeah the extra work he did was adding a linen cupboard and extending the house out another 400mm on the plans.
It's cheaper than other plans because we're only having 3 rooms added on to our house. It's not a whole house he's created from scratch.
As I said, he seems like a nice guy and we're happy to pay the extra, I just wanted to double check it was standard.
Thanks again for your replies!
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