Archives: Architecture

Choosing A General Contractor For Your Remodel Or New Home Project

One of the biggest hurtles when thinking about building a new custom home or doing a large remodel project where a general contractor is required, is choosing your contractor. There are 2 basic ways on how to go about this process. Choosing a contractor is the most important decision you can make, most times determining • Read More »


Some Considerations For A Residential Electrical Plan

The amount and location of wall switches for the house are directly related to amount of light fixtures and other appliances that are hard wired to the circuit box. Pick a convenient location for the switch so that it can be conveniently reached when entering a room. Whenever a ceiling fan is placed in a • Read More »


Draw Your Own House

Drawing an architectural set of plans isn’t a simple matter when you consider all the elements that make up a set of house plans. What you need to do is first research all the needs of the family, understand the local codes, know what style of house you’re wanting, know what sort of foundation is • Read More »


Why Custom House Plans Will Suit Your Needs Better

If you are ready to have your house plans or building plans created, then you may want to consider the options before you. You can choose between floor plans that are already out there on the Internet, or have some custom house plans made for you. Of course, the choice really is yours, but the • Read More »


Economically Designing a New Home

Planning and designing a home, one of the first considerations is cost because cost will actually determine the size, shape, and style of the house. The cost of home construction will vary in each state in the US. In comparing the higher cost of building today with the lower cost of building yesterday, you should • Read More »


Save Money on Commercial Building Design with an Architectural Designer

In more urban areas, and with larger commercial buildings, an architect may be required by law to make the architectural design and blueprints for it. In more suburban or rural areas, however, an experienced architectural designer is all that is necessary to give you the quality commercial building blueprints needed. This will enable you to • Read More »


Straw Bale Homes – Advantages of Alternate Construction Methods

Let’s face it, this planet is in a crisis. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. To create the energy we needed to sustain our modern comforts, we’ve polluted our atmosphere with countless gasses that’ll eventually warm the planet. A major part of this is the energy we squander heating and cooling our homes which is • Read More »


A Contour Map and Site Plan

When it’s necessary to design a building for a site that’s not level, the designer needs to know just how high each point is above the lowest part of the site. This information is obtained by the surveyor and delivered in the form of contours on a property boundary, and is called a contour map. • Read More »


Shop Detail Drawings

A shop detail drawing is a graphic representation in some form of a part or the whole of a structure member like a beam or a column, that gives enough information to fabricate of the parts shown. Detail drawings should include, but aren’t limited to: Sufficient accurate illustrations of the member to be manufactured, giving • Read More »


Vintage House Plans Download

Designing a home that’s truly classic in nature seems to be a lost art in most architectural circles. Middle to late 19th and early 20th century homes represented a true beauty that’s been lost in a modern society, yet many prospective homeowners would love the idea of having such a classic styled home designed for • Read More »