There are a number of ways to obtain the necessary plans for a home remodeling project.

Plans for a major remodeling project, created by an architect, can cost from $2,000 to $30,000. These costs can often be reduced. Much depends on the size and complexity of your project. If your project is a simple upgrade of a small bathroom, for example, you and your contractor might be able to work with some very simple drawings you create yourselves.

Other alternatives might include purchasing online rough sketches from an architect and having a drafting company produce the drawings your contractor will need. This can save as much as $1,500. Many home designers charge considerably less for design drawings than architects.

Another alternative is to hire a contractor who has design skills as well as building skills.