I have seen just about every type of “drawing” over the years. From architectural, to draftsman, to one that a homeowner does on graph paper, to someone who jotted some ideas down on a napkin. Many customers when they hear architectural drawings they see dollar signs. Understandable.
However, there are other things to consider, besides the upfront cost. A good set of drawings by an architect can, and should, save you money in the long run and ensure that you get exactly what you want from the contractor. A good contractor can follow a well laid out set of plans so there are no confusions during the project. I have seen prints that were not very detailed which ended up costing the homeowner more as modifications had to be made during the course of the project to make certain things work. Not only does the architect have a great deal of knowledge when it comes to structural aspects of the project, they also know what a contractor needs to accurately bid the project and what to order. A window/door schedule is very helpful when an order is placed. Leaves zero room for error.
As a contractor, I’m always very happy when there is a good set of prints to work off of. The project runs smoothly and the homeowner is always happy when we’re finished.