Architectural Drawings

What Are Architectural Drawings?

Architectural drawings are the blueprints of a home renovation project. They provide homeowners with a detailed plan of the proposed changes, including the dimensions of each new room or area. The drawings can also show the location of windows, doors, and other features. Homeowners use architectural drawings to get an idea of how the finished project will look and to make sure that all of the necessary changes are included. In some cases, the drawings may also be used to obtain building permits from the local authorities. Whether you’re planning a small bathroom remodel, basement renovation or a complete home addition, architectural drawings are required and will be a valuable tool in the planning , budgeting and building.

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Why Ottawa Homeowners Need Architectural Drawings

Homeowners renovating their property may be unfamiliar with architectural drawings and how to use them. Here is a brief overview of architectural drawings and how they can be used in home renovations.  There are different types of architectural drawings, including floor plans, elevations, sections, and details. Floor plans show the layout of a space, elevations show the exterior of a building, sections show how a space would be cut through horizontally, and details highlight specific features. Homeowners renovating their home need to consult with an architect or designer to determine what architectural drawings are required to build your project. Architectural drawings can be used throughout the renovation process, from initial planning to construction to completion. They are an essential tool for both homeowners, inspectors, municipalities and contractors.


What Kind Of Architectural Drawings Are Required For Custom Renovations In Ottawa?

What are the different kinds of architectural drawings? There are hundreds of various drawings but for the average custom renovation in Ottawa these are the most common drawings for getting permits to renovate your home.

Site Plan Drawings

Site plan drawings are created by architects that show details about a property, such as the dimensions of the land, the location of buildings and features, and the grade. They also include information about roads, walkways, and other elements of the landscape. When used in conjunction with a site analysis, site plan drawings can help to create a comprehensive picture of a property and its potential. They are required when obtain zoning approval from a municipality.

Floor Plan Drawings

Floor plan drawings are architectural drawings that show a view from above of the relationships between rooms, spaces and other features at one level of a structure. They are use to help design buildings and sometimes used by builders during construction. Floor plans may include notes for construction to indicate finishes, construction methods, or symbols for electrical items. Floor plan drawings are also a valuable marketing tool when selling/visualizing a house or commercial space as they give a good understanding of the layout and size of rooms and how they relate to each other.

Elevation Drawings

Elevation drawings are created by architects that show details about a proposed or existing building. These drawings provide specific details about the exterior of the structure, including the dimensions of each wall and the location of doors and windows. Elevation drawings also include information about the materials that will be used for the external walls and roof. This is important information for contractors, who use the elevation drawings to create a cost estimate for the project. Elevation drawings are also used by city planners to determine whether a proposed building meets zoning requirements.

Engineering Drawings

Engineering drawings are an essential tool for architects, providing detailed information about the construction of a building or structure. The drawings show the dimensions of each element, as well as the location of supports and load-bearing walls. They also indicate the type of materials to be used in construction. Engineering drawings are usually created using computer-aided design (CAD) software, which allows for precise measurements and detailing. In some cases, hand-drawn plans may also be used. Regardless of the method used, engineering drawings are a vital part of the architectural process, helping to ensure that a project is built to specifications.

HVAC Drawing

HVAC drawings are created by architects that show details about the location and size of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning equipment. This type of drawing is essential for ensuring that the HVAC system is installed correctly and that it is appropriately sized for the size of the project. With heating and cooling equipment, bigger isn’t better, efficiency is.

MEP Drawing

MEP drawings are specialized technical drawings that show important details about the location of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems in a building. Created by architects & engineers they help engineers plan and contractors install these systems. MEP drawings can be extremely complex, and they often include a wide range of information such as dimensions, piping schedules, and equipment specifications. Because of their importance, MEP drawings must be highly accurate and must conform to all relevant building codes.

Foundation Plan

Foundation plans are created by architects that show small details about the construction of a building’s foundation. These plans is to provide builders with a clear guide for laying the foundation that supports the structure. Foundation plans include the dimensions of the foundation, the location of footers, beams, windows and doors, and any other structural details. A solid foundation is the best way to ensure your construction project is built to last.

Framing Plan

Framing plans are created by architects to provide detailed information about the structural design of a building. Once the framing plan is complete, it can be used by contractors to build the actual frame of the structure. The framing plan includes information such as the dimensions of the lumber, the spacing of the studs, and the location of door and window openings. In addition, the framing plan may also specify the type of foundation that should be used. Framing plans and building plans are crucial part to getting and renovation or construction projects permitted.

Presentation Drawings

Architectural presentation drawings are a type of drawing that is used to communicate an architect’s design concept to a client. Presentation drawings are typically more detailed and polished than working drawings, and they often include elements such as colour, shading, and perspective in order to help visualize the final project. In many cases, an architect will create several different versions of a presentation drawing, each with its own unique twist, in order to gauge which design is most popular with the client. Ultimately, presentation drawings serve as an important tool for architects, helping them to land new clients and bring their vision to life.

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How much do architectural drawings cost when planning a renovation? 

The cost of architectural drawings will vary depending on the extent of the renovation, the size of the property, and the complexity. Clients hire us for all kinds of projects from small decks to custom home building. Prices are based on the scope of the project, complexity of the drawings and the number of drawings required to get the building permits approved. We offer a free consultation so a project manager can meet with you and discuss the entire process and provide an estimate on the cost to plan and design your renovation. Good architectural plans will pay for themselves when it comes to obtaining permits, inspections and during construction!