Archives: Architecture

Did You Overlook Something In Your New Home Design

There are quite a few details involved in designing a new house and it’s very easy to overlook certain aspects of what will make that house a home. I have been a home designer for over three decades now and have come up with a list of things that are often forgotten in the layout. • Read More »


Individual Home Design

There are very few things that are closer to our hearts than the houses we live in. And there are even fewer things that we take a greater interest in than the homes that we personally own. The actual size of the house doesn’t matter really. It’s our personal little castle. It is really hard • Read More »


The Ability To Draw House Plans

It wasn’t until I started teaching it, that I realized how many were interested in the field of architectural drafting. But having an interest and actually being committed enough to complete the education are two distinctly different things all together. There has to be a certain amount of ambition that goes into learning such a • Read More »


Old 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 »


Small Homes And Their Design

To design a small home that has artistic and economic features where the construction can be completed for a minimum amount of money is not one of the easiest problems of the architectural profession. We achieve the best solutions by the process of elimination, resulting in a compact plan possessing the essential requirements of the • Read More »



Economic Home Design and House Keeping

There is a definite relation between the work of the house keeper and that of the architectural designer. It is a part of the business of the designers to do what he can to make housekeeping easy. He or she can do a great deal. They should understand the principles and practice of good housekeeping. • Read More »


Methods of Learning Architecture and Drafting

I have spent the better part of my life studying architecture and drafting. As a boy, I used to pester the daylights out of a local architect who had an office close to my home. I would offer to clean and take out the garbage just to get a chance to watch him work. He • Read More »


Beginner’s Guide to Understanding a Set of House Plans

Depending on how much detail your builder or local building inspector requires, the minimum set of plans should include the floor plan, exterior elevations, foundation or basement plan, and a roof plan drawn to scale. Just so you’ll know, a scale is nothing more than a shrunken ruler so that 1′ -0″ (12 inches) is • Read More »


As Built Remodeling Drawings

When we need to make alterations or additions to an existing building, the drafter finds that they need an accurate drawing of the structure as it stands. This is called an As-Built drawing. If the original drawings of the building aren’t available, it is then necessary that we measure and recorded it in some quick • Read More »