Our floorplan, architect, and blueprint costs seem high--how can I get them lower?

I am opening a coffee shop in our city. In order to get approval from the zoning and building dept, we need bludprints of all of our plans. The space is 1000 square feet and the plans are not extravagant. The fee proposal sent to us from the firm we are dealing with (currently) quotes $1200-1500, with other hourly costs added later. This seems like a lot, especially since our budget to get the shop off the ground is 22-25k. Is there another route we can take or is this a necessary cost that we will have to work our budget around? Any insight would be helpful.
You're right--it does seem high for that square footage. I am not sure what city you are in though, so there might be built-in city fees in this proposal. Remember everything is negotiable and there are other suppliers--it's worth to check around.

As for your budget to get the store up and running, I would suggest you revisit that, as I cannot in my mind see how you could do it for such a small investment. Remember, you will need marketing dollars and working capital to tide you over until you get to profitable volumes.

Best of Luck with it,
Brad Sugars
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