What are Design Drawings?
In architect speak they are called Schematic Design or Preliminary Design drawings.
In plain speak they are templates for construction drawings prepared by others. Design Drawings are Floor Plan(s) and Elevations drawn in CAD (Computer-Aided-Design) software to scale with key dimensions delivered in PDF format. The construction documents are then completed with the resources of your choice. Material selections and construction details are yours to choose. Design Drawings are easily adapted for CAD development.
What are the Benefits of This Approach?
● Provides time to evaluate, adapt, and refine your selected design without the pressure of major cost.
● Allows freedom and flexibility to modify and customize to your needs and taste. Adjust the kitchen layout, add a fireplace, add or delete built-ins—no problem. Love the plan but feel that it’s just a bit too small? Designs are easy to enlarge. Except for ADU maximums you don’t have to be constrained by the 800 sf limit if that is not your goal.
● Preview the exterior design with the views exported from the 3D model or from any angle or distance with the optional (at extra cost) 3D model file. Invaluable for fully visualizing the built project. Use the program to modify the model to explore and evaluate alternatives.
Reviewing, Evaluating and Selecting a Design
You are likely to have a clear idea of what you want whether it’s an ADU, cottage, cabin or other use. It’s helpful to consider what, if any, modifications or customizations you want to consider while reviewing a design. All designs are flexible within certain limits. Plans are easily expanded, keeping ADU area limits firmly in mind. Once converted into CADD changes are easy to make. However, resist the temptation to arbitrarily expand or change plan areas. Bedrooms and bathrooms are intentionally small. If the printed dimensions of a space are a concern check against a known room size. Walk around and see how the space feels. Simple adjustments make a big difference: a smaller bed instead of a large size, shelving built into in a closet instead of a dresser.
If your goal is an efficient small home beyond the space limitations of an ADU it’s easy to enlarge these designs. The most important warning is: Don’t move a wall out to enlarge a room. That changes the footprint. Almost all floor plans are rectangular for good reasons: framing simplicity and economy. Dimensional change will affect the foundation and the roof.