What Is Rendering
The Value of
Good Building Plans for Your Church: Developing a Master Plan
By Jeffrey L Thomas
A complete and carefully prepared set of building plans is the real
"foundation" of any building. It's difficult to place a value on the
architectural design because it not only conveys most of the
intangible artistic elements that will give the building its unique
"personality", but it includes the technical information required by
the craftsmen who will work on the project.
A good set of architectural plans will include enough information
for any qualified builder to get complete and comparable bids from
all of the major trades who will be required for the project. The
goal of the owner should be to provide the contractors, the lender,
and the congregation with enough details and specifications that all
major questions regarding construction are answered in the
architectural plans. A good set of architectural plans will reduce
misunderstandings and errors and should foster a well-organized and
efficient building project. All of which translates into time and
money saved. Incomplete plans invite change orders, conflict, poor
scheduling, and extra cost. Assumptions can kill a building project.
Good plans reduce assumptions.
The plans and specifications also give the owner and the architect a
means of judging the performance of the craftsmen on the job. If the
plans call for 4000 lb. concrete and 95% compaction of the subgrade,
these are verifiable standards of performance which must be met by
the contractor. Simply put, an investment in good architectural
plans can save a church more than just money.
Your church also needs to think about Master Plans. A well-conceived
building design anticipates the need of the church to expand its
facilities and redefine the usage of space as the church grows. A
"Master Plan" can be developed with the help of an architect to plan
for the various phases of facility development that the church can
foresee at their location. The benefits to the church of such
planning are significant. A Master Plan will help the church use its
land in the most efficient manner and should result in reduced costs
when the time comes for the next addition or renovation project.
The church should consider how the utilities are being brought into
the building and insure that those utilities (sewer, water,
electrical and gas services) are adequate to meet the planned needs
for the future. Another important consideration is the location of
the utilities. Avoid installing underground utilities and parking
areas in locations suitable for future building additions.
The church should also locate the facilities on the site with a
long-range view of future development. If the initial structure will
be used as a sanctuary and will later be converted into classrooms
or fellowship space, perhaps this facility should be located on the
site in an area behind the proposed sanctuary to be built in Phase
Two of the Master Plan. Plumbing for future kitchens, baptistery, or
restrooms can be roughed-in to save costs and headaches later.
Since it is God's plan for the church body to grow, we need to plan
our facilities accordingly. A Master Plan of present and anticipated
future development will save the church money in the future and will
result in efficient utilization of land and facilities.
Floor Plan Drawings & Compliance With Building Code Requirements
By Richard M Bothom
Floor plans are an excellent tool to demonstrate a property, to
visualize the room layout and plan your new building, home or
commercial space. The process of rendering professional floor plans
is very simple. First you produce a complete sketch of the room
layout containing all room dimensions, doors & windows, fixtures
like wardrobes, fitted work tops in kitchens, bathroom amenities,
etc. This sketch or a scanned image of it needs to be sent to the
team of expert architectural drafters who will accurately convert
your drawings into a set of effective floor plans, using popular CAD
techniques such as AutoCAD, Revit, SolidWorks, etc.
The team can deliver the finished floor plans in any desired format
and according to your specifications. You can upload these drawings
to your web site or include them in marketing collaterals to show it
to your clients. We suggest you to use the following checklist to
make sure that floor plan drawings are complete and give enough
information to comply Building Code requirements in your region or
Your architectural plans should at least include:
- Site location
- Drawing scales
- Cross-section symbol
- Structural components (bars, joists), including sizes, lengths and
- Interior partitions
- Interior dimensions
- Exterior walls
- Exterior dimensions
- Room names & sizes
- Door locations & sizes
- Window locations & sizes
- Home/Office appliances
- Bathroom & plumbing fixtures
- Smoke detectors & alarm
- Trusses drawings if applicable.
Today an increasing number of clients demand more detailed
information and compliance with regional building codes. A set of
these drawings will demonstrate how exactly the property is laid out
and can provide clear idea of rooms, individual floors or the entire
Do You Want to Draw Your Own House Plan?
By Tim J. Davis
Great idea, it sure saves money. Also eliminates the middle man.
Those architects and designers can get expensive. I've heard that
some designers can charge up to ten dollars per square foot for
simple drawings containing a floor plan and exterior elevations. Now
that is a chunk of change. If you are going to do it for yourself,
you're going to need to know how. Below are just some of the things
needed to know to draw a simple ranch style home.
So what do you need to know to draw your own house plan?
1. You need to know how to lay out your Floor Plan. The floor plan
is the template for your entire set of drawings. From the floor plan
show where we want our electrical, tell how big our rooms are, note
our window and door sizes, etc., so this is where we have to begin.
Sure you could start with the exterior views but that would limit
our interior of the home to what the outside looks like. Not a good
idea! The house needs to be functional first and look pretty second
out of necessity.
2. You need to understand the mechanics of a well designed kitchen.
A kitchen is a place where the homemaker spends a majority of their
time. It needs to be comfortable but functional. This area consists
of a Sink area, Cooking area, & Food storage area. The best layout
for a kitchen is one in which the least steps are taken to reach
each appliance. This is called the working area or working triangle.
A good working triangle doesn't exceed 12 to 14 feet all the way
3. The builder of the home would sure appreciate knowing where the
walls, windows, & doors are located exactly. They would also like
knowing door and window sizes, not to mention anything else special
that is on the plan. That's where the dimensions and notes come in
handy. You need to be able to create a dimensional string and groups
of notes that are not confusing.
4. The Electrical Plan is very important to you as it gives you the
opportunity to customize the home to your power and comfort needs!
On the other hand, it is not always needed. What I mean by this is
that any electrician who has taken a test for his or her license
knows what is required electrical service by code. Chances are that
they have already wired quite a few residences and barring any
special needs or preferences can do the job without this plan.
Always be aware though! Certain states require that you be a
licensed Architect or Electrical Engineer to do Electrical plans. Be
sure to check with your local building inspector to see what your
limitations are! This will definitely save you some headaches down
5. In standard construction, at least in the South Eastern United
States, houses are built on Masonry Foundations or Basements. A
foundation is the part of the home that anchors it to or keeps it
from settling into the ground. This knowledge is a must in
completing your plans.
6. What about how the exterior is going to look? It is no small
matter if you are wanting to convey the idea of how the finished
product is going to look when construction is complete. What is it
going look like when its built? How to determine the best roof
pitch, do we use brick, siding or rock?
7. Folks, I definitely don't believe in mind reading! Neither does
to typical contractor! If there is anything special you are wanting
to build into your house, how is the builder to know unless you show
them? You can make all the notes you want to on your plans and
elevations but the message of how you want the house constructed may
not always come across. That's why you need to understand how to
8. Then there is the task of finishing your drawings and not letting
goofs and slip-ups get out the door. You need to understand the most
common mistakes made by people who draw house plans so you can look
out for them!
9. Last but not least in drawing your house plans is to know how to
print them out and in what format and size.
The Basics of Building Plans
By Lydia Cooper
All the aspects of the construction industry can be divided into two
categories: residential work (building homes) and commercial work
which includes building schools, shops, offices and other commercial
buildings. Both types of building require properly prepared building
plans if they are to be constructed successfully. The plans are
prepared by architects and engineers and give an overall picture of
what the finished product should look like whilst acting as a
blueprint to be followed throughout the construction process.
Building plans are extremely important from the very first point of
construction all the way to the end and if they are not prepared
properly there may well be problems in the building process.
So how are these plans created? Well firstly, the process of making
building plans starts when a developer or an investor decides that
they want to build a new project. Usually they will approach an
architect an architect with their ideas and they will work together
to understand the type of building that is needed for the project.
Once the ideas have been decided the plans will then be sent to the
mechanical, electrical and structural engineers who will then look
over them. Their role is to work as a team to ensure that the
building is safe, functional and that it fulfils the designer's
needs and wants. The architect will act as a go-between between the
engineers and also as a channel of communication between the owner
and all the other various members of the design team. Once the plans
have been revised and completed they will then be given to the
developer or the owner of the build to look over. They will then
undergo a final revision if the developer decides to add any
features of change any of the layout. Once they have been approved
the build can begin.
Building plans can vary from a single basic sketch to a mass of
pages detailing every little part of the build; it all depends on
the size and scale of the job. The plans will consist of a section
of architectural drawings including door and window positioning,
floor plans and partition schedules. There will also be a section
that details the mechanical and engineering plan of the build. This
will include how and where the plumbing, the lighting and the wiring
will operate. The building plans may also include a list of
specifications that will cite what materials and methods should be
used during the construction process.
Building plans are the single most important element in construction
building. They are there to tell all involved in the build exactly
what the owner or developer wants and expects out of build when it
is finished. If the building plans are accurate and thorough enough
then the building process should be pretty much straightforward and
plans make it more likely that the client will be satisfied at the
end of the project. The advantage of having written plans is that it
is easier to avoid miscommunication within the team and between the
architect and the developer.
If you are looking for some extra help with your design and build
then why not contact the Gregg Street Group. They aim to provide you
with the most comprehensive, cost effective and design efficient
answer to your property development requirements. They will work
with you from the very start to the very end so that you are sure to
be satisfied with the finished project.
What Is Rendering
''Where do architects and designers get their ideas?'' The answer, of
course, is mainly from other architects and designers, so is it mere
casuistry to distinguish between tradition and plagiarism?
A building is akin to dogma; it is insolent, like dogma. Whether or no it is
permanent, it claims permanence, like a dogma. People ask why we have no
typical architecture of the modern world, like impressionism in painting.
Surely it is obviously because we have not enough dogmas; we cannot bear to
see anything in the sky that is solid and enduring, anything in the sky that
does not change like the clouds of the sky.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients
to plant vines.
Frank Lloyd Wright
A modern, harmonic and lively architecture is the visible sign of an
A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no
longer have their justification in nature.
Ah, to build, to build! That is the noblest art of all the arts. Painting
and sculpture are but images, are merely shadows cast by outward things on
stone or canvas, having in themselves no separate existence. Architecture,
existing in itself, and not in seeming a something it is not, surpasses them
as substance shadow.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
All architects want to live beyond their deaths.
All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is
really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
All fine architectural values are human vales, else not valuable.
Frank Lloyd Wright