Friday , 22 September 2017

Understanding Architectural Details

UAD 1- third edition

Welcome!

Understanding Architectural Details – Book 1 is an ebook that will help you significantly improve your knowledge of residential construction detailing.

Hi, I’m Emma. During my early years in Architecture, I spent many hours searching for details, desperate to understand the real nitty gritty details of construction. As you know, good reliable details are hard to find. They are out there – but there just isn’t time to trawl through books, guides and manufacturers websites in search of what you are looking for.

So, a couple of years ago, I created a solution. I put together a manual, packed full of details in both 2d and 3d, that served as a reference guide for all the standard details you are looking for – in one place! The book was a huge success and there are now three in the series.

This first book has now been completely updated, with more details in both 2d and 3d – but also we look at building regulations, functional requirements of buildings – all put together to help you gain a more rounded understanding of construction detailing.

Get your hands on over 150 CAD details and over 150  SketchUp details!

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Lets look at the details

Its not just an ebook – its a complete resource – you can download all the dwg and skp details!

The ebook includes around 300 pages of explanation and details on the following areas:

  • Functional Requirements
  • Masonry Construction
  • Timber Frame Construction
  • Foundations
  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Roofs
  • Notes on the Building Regulations

PLUS new to this third edition:

  • Detailing Principles
  • Materials
  • Steel Frame
  • SIPS
  • Green Roof

 

We look at the principles behind construction detailing, and delve deep into each area of the building to make sure you have a full understanding of the construction design.

Even better than this, you can download all of the details in dwg and skp – and this is where the book really comes into its own. You can explore and rotate around each detail in 3d. You can pull it apart to really see what is going on in the construction. The ebook brings 2d details to life, and allows the reader to compare the 2d with the 3d to get a full understanding.

There are over 150 2D details, with U-value information and clear labelling. There are over 150 3D details, which clearly demonstrate the construction of the detail and help you to really understand the build up.

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Its not just an ebook – its a complete resource – you can download all the dwg and skp details!

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Ready to get to grips with construction detailing?

Let’s go… Order now and receive your digital download of the book in a matter of minutes. We’ve also put together various bundles to suit every student or professional’s needs. Here’s a quick over view of each, and if you need any further information, get in touch! Bundle one is perfect for those who are just after the book. Bundle two is for those who are want the book, as well as the 2D details (printable in black and white, and colour), dwg files. Bundle three is for those who are want the book, as well as the 2D details, dwg files and all of the Sketchup models for the 3D details.

Complete Package is for those looking for a complete package of both Understanding Architectural Details Book 1 and all the associated 2d and 3d files, along with the full Books 2 and 3 with associated 2d and 3d files. Book 2 looks at basement design and construction. Book 3 looks at commercial construction, focusing on steel and concrete.

Buy now!

Select the bundle below that you would like to purchase. The full package of all three books is the best value.

Understanding Architectural Details – Bundle 1

[PDF Book of the 3rd Edition of Book 1 Residential Construction]

Functional requirements
Detailing Principles
Materials
Guide to masonry construction
Guide to timber frame construction
Steel Frame construction
SIPs construction
Green Roof
Insulating Concrete Formwork
Over 150 2d details
Over 150 3d details
Building Regulations notes

Understanding Architectural Details – Bundle 2

[PDF Book of the 3rd Edition of Book 1 & 2d CAD details in dwg format]

Functional requirements
Detailing Principles
Materials
Guide to masonry construction
Guide to timber frame construction
Steel Frame construction
SIPs construction
Green Roof
Insulating Concrete Formwork
Over 150 2d details
Over 150 3d details
Building Regulations notes
PLUS
All the details featured in the book as dwg cad files for you to explore

Understanding Architectural Details – Bundle 3

[PDF Book of the 3rd Edition of Book 1 & 2d CAD details in dwg format & 3d SketchUp details]

Functional requirements
Detailing Principles
Materials
Guide to masonry construction
Guide to timber frame construction
Steel Frame construction
SIPs construction
Green Roof
Insulating Concrete Formwork
Over 150 2d details
Over 150 3d details
Building Regulations notes
PLUS
All the details featured in the book as dwg cad files for you to explore
All the details featured in the book as SketchUp files for you to explore

Understanding Architectural Details – The Full Package

 

[PDF Book of all three books, 2D CAD details in dwg format & 3D SketchUp details]

From Book 1

  • Functional requirements
  • Detailing Principles
  • Materials
  • Guide to masonry construction
  • Guide to timber frame construction
  • Steel Frame construction
  • SIPs construction
  • Green Roof
  • Insulating Concrete Formwork
  • Over 150 2d details
  • Over 150 3d details
  • Building Regulations notes

From Book 2

  • Principles of basement design
  • Guide to Type A, Type B and Type C construction
  • Over 25 2D details
  • Over 15 3D details

From Book 3

  • Guide to foundations
  • Guide to floors
  • Guide to concrete frame construction
  • Guide to steel frame construction
  • Guide to long span and portal frames
  • Guide to walls and cladding
  • Guide to roof construction
  • Guide to insulating concrete formwork
  • Over 120 2D details
  • Over 100 3D details

PLUS

ALL the cad details featured in the books in dwg format for you to explore

ALL the SketchUp models as seen in the books for you to explore

Looking to buy all FOUR books?! Click on the button below to buy the full Understanding Architectural Details series, along with the Residential Construction Details US Edition.

If you have any questions about the book, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at emma@firstinarchitecture.co.uk and I would be happy to help.

The book is also available for sale as a hard copy, specifically for university libraries and institutions. If you are interested in purchasing a hard copy of the book please follow the link below:

Understanding Architectural Details – Hard Copy

If you are looking for a U.S edition of this book, look no further! You need to check out Residential Construction Details – US Edition!

Please read full terms of use by clicking here

“One of the most difficult aspects of teaching, and learning about, construction technology is how to convey the reality of construction details when it is often difficult to see them in practice.  This marvellous book of details provides an invaluable aid to help teachers to explain complex 3-D details, and students to understand them.  The clarity of the 3-D details is outstanding, and the coverage is comprehensive.  This book fills a gap in the teaching of architectural detailing in residential construction and will be of immense benefit to teachers and students alike.”

John Bradley

Senior Lecturer

School of Built Environment and Engineering

Leeds Beckett University

FAQs

Have a question? Check some of the frequently asked questions below to see if they help.

How will I receive the book?

Upon payment you will be sent an email which contains a download link for the book. You can then download the book (and associated files if you have purchased bundle 2 or 3) onto your computer.

Can I pay by card?

You can pay by both PayPal and card. Start the check out procedure, if you wish to pay by card, fill out your details and click proceed to shipping, you will be asked for your payment details after this.

What version of CAD and Sketchup are the files?

The CAD files are saved in AutoCAD 2010, and the Sketchup files are saved in SKP 2013.

What is the format of the book?

The book is in pdf format. You can view it easily on your computer, or on a tablet if you have an appropriate pdf viewer.

Can I get a hard copy?

Yes there are hard copies available, but they are quite expensive due to one off printing costs. If you are interested follow this link: Understanding Architectural Details hard copy
Can I buy the book for a university library?
Yes! The books are available to colleges, universities or institutions. You can find out more here. The whole series is now available as an online subscription so students can gain access to the books 24/7, find out more here. Or, if you would like to discuss in more detail, please email me directly. emma@firstinarchitecture.co.uk
Have another question?
Just email me 😃 emma@firstinarchitecture.co.uk

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27 comments

  1. finally its out!!

  2. Is there any physical book versions or is it purely electronic?

    • Hi Jaz, The book is only available as an electronic version at the moment – immediate download. We thought it was better to stay digital as most people download it with the dwg and skp files. Any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

  3. I have purchased the Understanding Architectural Details book bundle 2 which I am very happy with, but I would like to add the 3D Sketchup files in addition to the package I have already bought. Please could you advise me if they available to buy and download separately?

  4. Hi, how do I purchase the sketchup 3d colour details please? (unfortunately I can’t seem to be able to view the 3d details in the bundle purchased.) Kindest Regards.

    • Hi Ash, the 3d sketch up details are part of “Bundle 3”. They are not available to buy separately. If you have already purchased another bundle, and would like to change to bundle 3, email me directly, with your receipt, and we can get it sorted. emma@firstinarchitecture.co.uk
      Best regards, Emma

  5. hello

    i just purchased the complete bundle which comes with 2 zip files, once unzipped i can read the PDF file but which program do i use to open the .SKP and .DWG files. i am running mac at the moment but can get access to windows if needed.

    Thank you
    nischol

  6. Hi,

    I would like to purchase the Bundle Pack with everything included. Are these details for both UK & Australia ?

    I’m looking for a really good details books that includes everything.

    Please advise.

    • Hi Peter,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The details are for the UK really, and have been based around UK construction methods, although I’m sure a lot of it will transfer across well. The drawings are all in metric. I’m sure you would find the book and all the additional content useful, but it has not been produced based on Australian building codes etc. I hope this helps, all the best. Emma

  7. Hi I have just purchased bundle 3 when really I wanted the full package.

    Can you confirm if I can add the additional items.

    Many thanks

    Paul

    • Hi Paul, thanks for getting in touch. That’s not a problem at all – I’ll send you an email with instructions. Be in touch shortly.

      Many thanks, Emma

  8. Dear Emma,

    First I want to say that your website is awesome 🙂 very usefull and simple.
    Second, I’ve been trying to buy the books many times with debit card but for some reason I get rejected.There is other way to do it not having to create a paypal account?

    Best,

    Didier

    • Hi Didier, Thank you for your kind comments. I’m really sorry you have been having trouble buying the books. Unfortunately Sellfy is the platform I use to sell the books and they only seem to use Paypal. I can’t really think of any other way to do it. Perhaps you can set up an account with Paypal? I hope that it works. All the best, Emma

  9. How do I purchase this as a gift for someone else, I don’t want to go through the process and find out it is sent to my e-mail address etc.

    Regards,

    John

  10. I would like to purchase a hard copy of the Understanding Architectural Details text book as opposed to the PDF. Can you advise me how i can go about doing this please.

    • Hi Steve, I’m afraid the book isn’t available as a hard copy. Printing costs at small scale are very high so it makes the books expensive to produce and therefore to sell. All the best, Emma

  11. michael bukenya

    Hi am in Uganda and Would like to pay for this book! But I dont know how to, considering I dont have a foreign currency account
    Can my local currency account help me?

    • Hi there Michael, thank you for your interest in the book. As far as I am aware, Paypal is available in Uganda and I understand you shouldn’t have a problem setting up a paypal account. This will enable you to purchase the book. Upon purchase you will receive a link by email, that will enable you to download the book (in pdf format) almost instantly. You can also purchase the book using a credit card or debit card, and as far as I am aware this is possible to do using an international card.
      If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
      All the best, Emma

  12. hello, is the complete package still available? i want to make sure before i buy. thanks

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