drawings, 3D modeling, sectional detailing and detailed notes on
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The Construction Drawings
The construction drawings are the graphic & written record of decisions made during the design process.
They consist of the final drawings, details and specifications
and are used to communicate the design intent for construction.
I was told all I Needed was a "Permit
Unfortunately, many people are given inaccurate information,
thinking that all they need is a "permit set" of drawings. A “Permit
Set” contains the minimum standards required by the local
While they may be acceptable for the local building
department, keep in mind that they lack the necessary quality
control specifications and details that are necessary for a
Without these details, it is impossible for a builder to know
exactly what you want to build, and to provide you with an
accurate price. This lack of information results in change
orders and cost overruns, and an overall unhappy homeowner.
Because of this, they are inadequate for construction unless
you are an experienced builder.
You can learn more on the importance of a good set of
Construction Drawings by clicking here:
How to Prevent
Your Dream Home From Turning Into A Nightmare
What to look for in a good set of
How can you identify a good set of construction
A complete set of drawings will include any final drawings, details and specifications to communicate
the design intent for construction.
They should be drawn to scale and dimensioned to minimize
questions during construction.
Accurate and concise information is critical – duplicated information or unnecessary details only confuse the scope of work. Coordinated documents are essential to minimizing construction delays, misunderstandings, and subsequent cost overruns. Coordinated documents are consistent from sheet to sheet.
A good set of Construction Drawings will include:
- Title Sheet
- Floor Plans
- Roof Plan
- Exterior Elevations
- 3D Axonometric Views
- Building Sections
- Wall Sections & Details
- Electrical Plans
- Foundation Plans
- Detailed Specifications
You can learn more about the specifics of each drawing by clicking here:
The Drawing Checklist >>>
We offer (3) basic drawing packages as a starting point for
all our clients. During our initial interview, we will discuss
these three basic plan packages and develop the package that is
best for you.
“Builder’s Set”These drawings consist of the minimum
requirements needed to build a house. Although these drawings
are what are typically provided by most drafting companies, this
is the minimum standard for drawings and are intended for use by
those in the building trades, or by those with previous
construction experience because they do not incorporate
construction quality control features.
“Full Set”These drawings are intended for construction
by an experienced Residential Builder with solid references and
a cooperative attitude, in a negotiated bid or construction
A significant number of design and
material choices must be communicated to the Builder separately
from the drawings. Although these drawings can be used for
competitive bid, it is not recommended.
“Custom Set”These drawings are intended for those
needing or desiring a complete and detailed set of plans. They
are suitable for construction under all circumstances, including
competitive bidding to multiple Builders.
A "Custom Set" is
ideal for those who are unable to make regular site visits
during construction or will have limited time to make decisions