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Introduction to Beam and Block Floors

Introduction to Beam and Block Floors

What are Beam and Block Floors? There are two types of concrete floor system commonly used in residential construction; ground bearing and suspended. In this article we will be focusing on the suspended concrete floor, particularly beam and block floors. The suspended...

Standard Brick Sizes CAD Blocks

Standard Brick Sizes CAD Blocks

Standard Brick Sizes CAD Blocks This set of standard brick size cad blocks is available to download for free. The blocks contain standard brick sizes and shapes, standard bonds and mortar joints. A really useful collection of cad blocks to have in your library. This...

Detail Library – New Details May 2024

Detail Library – New Details May 2024

New Details Something a little different this month. We have been talking about a template of construction build ups for some time now, and it is finally here! The construction build up template provides a large range of different construction assemblies that can be...

Space Planning Basics

Space Planning Basics

Introduction   Space planning is a complex process with many factors to consider. The principles of space planning involve satisfying a defined criteria on a priority basis – as a result, space planning is frequently about compromise. That being said, there is...

Detail Post – Foundation Details

Detail Post – Foundation Details

The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Residential, 4th Edition. Understanding Foundation Details The main role of foundations is to structurally support the building by transferring the loads of the building through...

Building Regulations for House Extensions

Building Regulations for House Extensions

Introduction to Building Regulations for House Extensions House extensions have become increasingly popular across the UK as homeowners seek to create more space and enhance the functionality of their properties. Whether it's to accommodate a growing family, create a...

Detail Library – New Details April 2024

Detail Library – New Details April 2024

New Details This month we are looking to the outside and focusing on external works, specifically retaining wall details, cappings and copings for freestanding walls. This set consists of: Solid brickwork garden wall with coping, capping and creasing tile details...

Form Follows Function

Form Follows Function

Introduction   ‘Form follows Function’ is a popular architectural principle that was first introduced in 1896 by American architect Louis H. Sullivan (1856–1924) in his essay ‘The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered’. It was actually shortened from the...

TV CAD Blocks

TV CAD Blocks

Free TV CAD Blocks We are really excited to present to you these excellent TV dynamic cad blocks. They are typical TV CAD Blocks in both plan and elevation, but there's a difference. These blocks benefit from being dynamic. That means they have drop down menus that...

A Guide to Pitched Roof Details

A Guide to Pitched Roof Details

The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Residential, 4th Edition.Understanding Pitched Roofs The roof is a key element of the building structure, providing protection from the elements and has a vital role in reducing...

Permitted Development Rights for House Extensions

Permitted Development Rights for House Extensions

Introduction to Permitted Development Rights When extending a house in the UK, understanding Permitted Development rights is essential. These rights allow certain building works and changes to be carried out without the need for a full planning application,...

Detail Library – New Details March 2024

Detail Library – New Details March 2024

New Details This month we are excited to share another set of details that have been requested regularly by our members. This set consists of external wall insulation details. In this set we explore a solid blockwork wall with 190mm mineral wool insulation and a...

Understanding and Applying Architectural Parti in Design

Understanding and Applying Architectural Parti in Design

In architecture, the term "parti" refers to the central idea or concept of a building design. It's essentially the starting point or organising thought that guides the design process. The parti can be a specific shape, a structural system, a key relationship in the...

Standard Brick Sizes

Standard Brick Sizes

A guide to standard brick sizes and bonds​ Knowing standard brick sizes becomes a crucial skill for architects and builders when designing. Bricks have been used as a building material in construction from ancient times. They signify strength and durability through...

Planning Permission for House Extensions

Planning Permission for House Extensions

Do you need planning permission for an extension? Planning permission is a necessary legal requirement for a range of construction projects in the UK, including house extensions. Planning permission is required to ensure that the proposed development is appropriate...

Detail Library – New Details February 2024

Detail Library – New Details February 2024

New Details This month we are excited to share another set of details that have been requested regularly by our members. This set consists of partial fill cavity wall details. In areas exposed to very severe wind driven rain, partial fill cavities are the more robust...

A Quick and Easy Guide to U-Values

A Quick and Easy Guide to U-Values

Updated January 2024 Understanding and measuring u-values is of huge importance as we aim to improve the sustainability and performance of our buildings. This article is split into two parts. First we will look at the u-value meaning and some of the common terminology...

Free Trees In Elevation Illustration Download

Free Trees In Elevation Illustration Download

Free Trees In Elevation Illustration Download Introducing our latest must-have: our Free Trees In Elevation Illustration Download! This awesome collection of FREE PNGs and Photoshop Brushes featuring stunning trees in elevation is exactly what you need to elevate your...

The Ultimate Guide To Mastering Architectural Diagrams

The Ultimate Guide To Mastering Architectural Diagrams

What are Architectural Diagrams?   Architectural diagrams are effective visual tools for architects that help to communicate complex design ideas in much clearer ways to diverse audiences, be it to your clients, tutors or fellow professionals. The inclusion of a...

Detail Library – New Details January 2024

Detail Library – New Details January 2024

New Details We are excited to publish the second half of our slate roof details set. The set continues our exploration of traditional slate roof construction, looking at how different junctions are detailed using traditional lead, to complement these, we then...

How to Write A Successful Architecture Cover Letter

How to Write A Successful Architecture Cover Letter

When applying for an architecture role, your cover letter is a decisive factor. This article delivers straightforward tips on constructing an impactful architecture cover letter, your first step in showcasing your design talent and alignment with a potential...

Radiator CAD Blocks

Radiator CAD Blocks

Radiator CAD Blocks This free set of radiator cad blocks consist of a variety of different radiator types, in both elevation and plan. The set shows typical vertical bathroom radiator, modern bathroom towel rails, traditional towel rail cad blocks, traditional cast...

Autocad Line Weights and Plot Styles

Autocad Line Weights and Plot Styles

Over the years I have written a couple of items about line weights, plotstyles and the like, and somewhere in the depths of YouTube there is a video tutorial too, with terrible sound. I continue to get so many questions about line weights and plot styles, especially...

Understanding Scales and Scale Drawings

Understanding Scales and Scale Drawings

  IntroductionIn this post we will be exploring architectural scales and scale drawings. Scale usually refers to the adjustment of size, which is either the reduction or magnification of real-life objects while maintaining their proportions. In architecture,...