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#21 Harlon Suttle

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:51 PM

The answer to this is very simple....as with any process that has competition ......you will only make as much money as the competition will allow you to make.....regardless of the time spent, what will your competition charge.....markets vary and so, look at your market segmentation and develop a plan .....ever wonder why public works project typically only do Hard Bids.....this rule is well understood by the public at large.....and if you do not think this, just bid high $$/SF work and see how soon you are out of business.....the old adage of the low bidder is the first to go out of business followed quickly by the guy who is always the high bidder....so, call around your area to your competition and learn what is going on in the market segment you are looking at and try and not leave money on the table as it were.....and remember the market is always changing.....and if you have a real market advantage or nitch, us it and do not give away any secerts .....the key to any business is to completety understand you market enviroment ....then you will have a better chance of sucess....for me, I am semi retire and thus create a big issue for the competition....and being a Softplan expert is a huge advantage....
Best of luck and always be aware of your market conditions.....

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#22 Richard VanEk

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 08:33 AM

Back in my heydays built homes for a designer, who's houses were WOW but impossible to build.  (roof lines off, unsupported corners of floors, ect) His plans needed reengineering, he got the big bucks for the design and I got what was left.  But I made my living building.  My point is I feel without construction knowledge designing is just this and plan drawing is that, but both are needed.

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 06:02 AM

I am not a builder, or a plan drawer. I came into this blog because we have spent 3-4 months with someone attempting to get plans ready to get "into the ground". I'm a pretty handy kind of guy, I re-modeled my first house and flipped it in 2 years (everything was done by me, alone, using code book to make sure all was good) (I'm not a professional, but that doesn't mean I don't want it done right) It was very simple with a kitchen redesign, a bathroom redo, and partial basement remodel. Small house about 900 sq. ft. Second house I lived in for 13 years and remodeled the basement, and first floor. Did the first floor with help of contractor as we added 250 sq. ft to the kitchen and dining area.

To get to the point, I know enough to know what I am talking about, and about how long I think it should take to get plans drawn and get started. In my opinion, it should take no more than 6 weeks to get the plans ready and have the GC start digging. This is a 14-1500 sq. ft. house, basic rectangular footprint. I'm saying 8 months from drawing to turn key is not too far off the mark. Agree? Disagree?

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Posted 08 July 2019 - 11:09 AM

It depends on your location, etc and what is required to obtain a building permit. That said, a typical set of plans can be completed in 1 day or 2 at the most depending on the revisions and time going back and forth, and of course the backlog for the Draftsman/Designer.
I would allow for a week to go back and forth and then finalize the drawings.
2 weeks for permitting
1-2 weeks for the GC to schedule and coordinate.
6 months to build depending on weather, etc.

This also assumes you have all financing/construction loan/ cash ready to go with Draw schedules, etc.

Your timeframe is doable, but again it depends on the workload and demands in your area. Building is booming and most Builders/Draftsman/Designers are extremely busy.

#25 Keith Almond

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Posted 08 July 2019 - 11:20 AM

The longest time, is the time between you going to the designer, and him/her starting on your plans.


No designer is sitting around waiting for you to come through the door. You go on the pile ... just because plans can be done in a week, doesn't mean this week!

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#26 Don Gibbons

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Posted 09 July 2019 - 04:29 AM

I agree with Keith on this. To be fair to everyone else that I'm doing work for, you go to the bottom of the list, just like the next person. I'm 2 to 3 weeks away from starting any project that comes in today. 

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#27 Brian Berzinskis

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 10:47 AM

I actually use SoftPlans ability to log the Elapsed Time on a drawing. We use it the most for when we draw sets of drawings or revisions to drawings with builders. We can easily bill our clients that have been with us for a long time by the hour. With other projects for home owners, we will usually design based on a flat fee. But I find myself from time to time looking back on the Elapsed Time in those projects just to get a better feel for where we are with our current pricing models. I usually try to find a happy median between pricing projects at a certain $ per square foot while understanding what type of drawings I have to create in order to complete the project. That helps me adjust my flat fees and then I can always look back to see on the Elapsed Time how close we came to the right numbers. With that all being said, I am not quite sure exactly how Elapsed Time is calculated but I am pretty meticulous about closing out my SoftPlan project whenever I leave my desk. And I try and open my SoftPlan drawing file whenever I take a phone call about a project just so that I can pan around it. But there are always going to be miscellaneous meetings, sketching, research and site visits that don't get calculated into those Elapsed Time numbers but I take the numbers just as a guide and determine what works for us as a company as to what we need to be bringing in $ wise per hour we are on a drawing.

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Posted 09 May 2021 - 08:43 PM

We live in Prescott AZ and apparently it takes forever for the plans even though they were handed a perfect CAD from our builder.  It seems there are probably 2 draftspersons in the whole town.. we have been waiting 2 months.  So we were curious as to how long it takes for the plans.

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 03:10 PM

You are lighting fast! Even with our templates it is taking us longer to develop the “A” drawings, annotate and tag keynotes. After that we are at the mercy of the consultant team to come up with S, M, P, S, FS, Energy, Truss, Septic (when required), Site Plan. We used to say 4 to 6 weeks before submitting, but, with the trending excuse things roll out a few extra weeks! Good Luck! 

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Posted 06 June 2023 - 08:42 PM

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