Author Archives: Tim Davis

Architectural And Building Terms

Abacus. The topmost division of the capital of a column. Abutment of an Arch. The mass of masonry which resists the thrust of the arch. That against which the ends of the arch rest. Aisle. The side portion of a building, separated from the center portion usually by columns or piers. Angle Iron. A structural… Read More »

Building A Scale Model House

There are several methods of building a model of a house or building. When I designed modular homes in the early nineties, they had to be built quickly so that the client could get a better feel for their proposed home. The method I used was to take a one quarter inch scale plan view… Read More »

Accurate and Reliable Architectural CAD Drafting

Architectural CAD drafting is a great technical boon that is helping to improvise the old designs into modular and dimensional ones. CAD or computer aided designs have taken the paper based designs onto computer software to provide them with customization. Earlier, when the architects prepared buildings designs on papers, they were not able to portray… Read More »

North American School Of Drafting

Back in the middle 1970’s, I had already taken drafting courses through the Naval education extension services while serving in the U.S. Navy. But very much like many young men, after my enlistment, my wife and I were building a family. I didn’t have time to finish my education. There were mouths to feed, so… Read More »

What Are Architectural Details

Architectural details are the drawings made at a larger scale than the plans and exterior elevations to accurately show the various methods of construction and the moldings and ornamentation on the building. The scale of details varies according to the size of the item being drawn in detail. 1/2″ = 1′- 0″ and 3/4″ =… Read More »

Colonial Architecture

Colonial architecture was and is the architecture of rectangles. On the floor plan, these rectangles intersected each other much the same as they would in a game of dominoes. In the elevations the parallelogram was used almost exclusively, with its looks enhanced by a great deal of horizontal lines. Arches, curves and oblique shapes were… Read More »

Learning To Draw Your Own House Plan

Learning to draw your own house plans is an idea that actually has merit. It can also save you a bunch money and eliminates the middle man. An architect or designer can get expensive. I’ve heard that some of these folks can charge up to ten dollars a square foot for basic drawings that contain… Read More »

Architectural Scales

In order that the dimensions of an object can be read with any accuracy, it’s best to make the drawing to a certain scale, which in the case of house or commercial building plans is usually 1/4″ = 1′-0″. This means that every quarter inch of the drawing is considered to be one foot in… Read More »

Drawing an Architectural Roof Plan

There are several different parts of a set of house or building plan: The floor plan or plans, electrical plan or plans, the exterior views or elevations, the basement or foundation plan, a floor framing plan, a site plan. Also included would be: sectional details, kitchen and bathroom cabinet details, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning… Read More »