Archives: Drafting

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 »


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 »


An Education In Mechanical Drafting

Drafting is a form of graphic expression so it is therefore a type of language. When applied in the engineering field, drawing or drafting is mechanical in character and is used primarily for the purpose of communicating information related to the construction of machines and structures. It is then reasonable to believe that the methods • Read More »


Woodworking Plans And What Should Be Included On Them

If you’re looking for a good woodworking plan, there are a few things that need to be considered. 1. Is there a cut sheet and or material list? A cut sheet is the parts of the piece individually noted and dimensioned so that they can be properly fabricated. A material list is a shopping list • 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 »


How I was able to get Chief Architect 8 to run in Windows 7

Chief Architect, bless their hearts, is telling everyone that has license to their older versions that they must update to a later version of their software with the newer operating systems like Windows 7, 8, and 10. Hey, that just makes good business sense if you are a big software developer. You don’t want folks • Read More »


What is a CAD Program

The acronym CAD stands for Computer Aided Drafting or CADD which is Computer Aided Drafting and Design. Simply put, a CAD program is a drafting board built into a computer program. But it’s even more than that! The accuracy obtained in these programs can be measured to 1/1000 of an inch, even though this can • 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 »