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 Deposit and Payment Policies

Due to the nature of remotely provided services such as ours, we require a 50% deposit for products or services.  Unfortunately,  we have had a few customers in the past obtain building permits with our drawings without paying us.  We generally have many more hours in projects than what we charge the customer.  Our services are priced well below what a licensed architect would charge and we are happy to provide this value for our services but we must be paid for the work we complete.   We have found a fair solution for this is a 50% deposit and the balance is paid when the drawings or other service is delivered.  Thank you for your business.  

Drawings and Other Services

ARDrafting.com is a division of Artisan Construction LLC which is a licensed design-build general contractor in Chattanooga, TN.  ATDrafting.com provides affordable drafting services to customers who do not require the services of an architect or engineers.  ATDrafting.com is not licensed to, nor provides "stamped" drawings and it is the responsibility of the customer to verify this requirement with the local municipality where the project is being built. Most states do not require licensed professionals to stamp drawings for the construction of residential occupancies under 5,000 square feet and under three stories in height.  Other types that are typically exempt are occupancies not intended for human dwelling such as agricultural or storage.  Again, it is the responsibility of the customer to verify these requirements with the local municipality.  Call your local building official and/or zoning office to verify these requirements prior to hiring ATDrafting.com to perform services.

ATDrafting.com keeps our services affordable by keeping them simple.  If your project requires a lot of detail, that is the first indication that maybe you need a licensed professional to help you.  We are best suited for projects that do not require an abundance of detail.   A qualified contractor can build traditional projects from a simple set drawings and will generally give better pricing if not faced with page after page of details. Based on our experience, we have developed the following standard drawing list for typical projects.  Below this list, we have listed additional drawings an services that can be provided for additional fees.

Basic Services/Drawing List

  • 3D Model
  • Cover Sheet
  • Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plan w/Basic Door and Window Schedule*
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • One Sheet of Typical Details**

*Basic door and windows schedule only include call size and standard rough openings. Actual rough opening sizes will be determined and verified when the customer orders windows and doors.
**One sheet of details includes details such as typical wall section and typical foundation detail.

For additional fee the following can be provided

  • Site Plan*
  • Floor Framing Plan
  • Roof Framing Plan
  • Interior Elevations
  • Coordination of Additional Consultants**
  • Materials List and Estimating***
  • Construction Consulting****

*To produce a site plan, we will need either a .dwg file from the surveyor or the complete metes and bounds for the property.  Having the .dwg from the surveyor save us time and you money.  If we have to enter the metes and bounds, the site plan will cost more.
**Occasionally we run into projects that end up requiring additional consultants such as structural engineers to size beams or other load bearing items.  We can coordinate this information and incorporate it into the drawings we provide.
***See information below regarding Materials list.
****Construction consulting during the construction phase of your project can be provided on an hourly basis. 

Material List and Model Accuracy

For projects where we are providing a materials list, we have to have a disclaimer for the accuracy of these lists.  There are many factors that affect the quantities of materials for any project and each project is different.  Factors that can affect the materials list are, but not limited to; 

1. Method of delivery and how materials are handled during stocking of project.  Materials can become damaged during delivery. Banding marks on lumber may cause you to cull a certain lumber if it will be exposed to view such as flooring for a deck or corner boards for your siding.  It is good to be present for material deliveries. Make sure materials are set up off the ground at least 3" using scrap wood or pallets.  Ask the delivery driver in advance how you can help protect your material from damage.

2. Weather and storage of materials.  Some materials such as treated pine can be damaged by being left in the sun to warp.  Bagged materials left uncovered can become unusable.  Bags of concrete become nice boat anchors when left in the rain :) Sheet goods such as OSB can swell around their perimeter when rained on.

3. Cutting mistakes on the job can cause waste.  People are human and make mistakes. Improper use of materials such as using pre-cut studs for plates or blocking will cause a shortage of material.  If building during cold weather, talk to your subcontractors about what they will make fires with. Hopefully it is not your Cyprus siding :)

4. Means and methods; The simple differences is the way some people do things will cause a shortage of material.  Cutting blocks for T's and Corners instead of using the blocks cut from door and window Jacks, can cause a shortage of material.  This is just one simple example of the way people do things differently.  The way you build can cause material shortages.  On our materials lists, we list the project use for that material, make sure everyone working on the job reads this prior to starting the  project.

5. Don't panic :) All of these things rarely happen on every job to cause major material shortages.  You just have to realize that if I estimate it will take a certain number of studs to frame a wall, that is in the perfect world.  So when you come up short or have extra material, you will have experienced the world we contractors live in on a day to day basis.  The reason I mention this is because I help a lot of people build their own projects and it is the first construction project they have built so the question of waste and accuracy can become an issue.  Understanding this will help you communicate better and avoid problems between you and the people who help you. 

Ownership of Drawings and Intellectual Property

ATDrafting.com maintains shared ownership of drawings that we produce.  This allows us to keep our cost to individual customers as low as possible. This is achieved by alterations of similar projects to be sold to others which spreads the cost over multiple customers.  We can change this policy for specific projects but it will affect the fee and the customer will need to inform us of this before we quote the fee for the project.   If you compare our fees to others with the same experience and abilities, you will find our rates are very fair and we can do this by sharing ownership of drawings and other intellectual property we produce.  This said, we will never "rubber stamp" drawings.  All drawings are reviewed and customized for each project based factors such as project use, codes, zoning, geography, etc. We provide this notice for informational purposes due to the number of requests that we receive to sell projects in our archive.