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Question DetailsAsked on 9/29/2017

what is the minimum cost to pay an architect to draw a simple plan for a patio cover?

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I would hazard an opinion that if your principle is looking for the cheapest price rather than a fair price from a reputable vendor you are in for some disappointments in your life.


Minimum would be zero - getting building permit yourself (if needed for your size cover) and installing a prefab store-bought patio awning or gazebo rated for your area's design wind speeds and snow loads - paying attention to what is going to happen to rain and snow at the intersection of the two, so you don't get rot or water backup into the existing roof.


Also, roll-out type awnings commonly do not need a sign-off by an architect/engineer - they are usually treated as a product rather than a site-designed item.


Also, in some areas the building department will accept lumberyard or box store designs off their computer without any architect or engineer design (though technically illegal in most states to not have an architect/engineer sign off on a structural item like that.) Many lumberyards provide that service free if buying all the materials from them.


If your locale requires an architects or engineers signoff on footings and the wind/snow/seismic load capacity of a prefab unit, probably about $250 minimum to $400 range depending on what data is provided by the manufacturer and whether you are in a special wind or snow load or seismic analysis area.


For a new section of roof, connecting to the existing house to extend its roof over the patio, probably more in the $500-700 range depending on how picky your town's building department is. For a complete new roof extension for a screened-in porch or Florida porch probably more like $700-1200 range depending on complexity and on whether including electric for lights or fan or such.

Answered 1 year ago by LCD




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