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Understanding Architectural Details – Second Edition

Understanding Architectural Details – Second Edition

The Second Edition has now been updated to the 3rd Edition! Check out the details below! Save time and improve your construction detailing   Understanding Architectural Details - Residential Construction ebook     {music credit: mixaund.bandcamp.com} What is...

Free CAD Blocks – Office Items

Free CAD Blocks – Office Items

Here is another set of free cad blocks from the First In Architecture Cad Block database. I hope you find them useful. Please feel free to download them. My free autocad block library continues to grow - if you have any suggestions for useful content please get in...

7 Ways To Improve Your Sketching Skills

7 Ways To Improve Your Sketching Skills

Improve your Sketching Skills Sketching is an extremely valuable skill in the architecture profession, and one that is certainly getting lost amongst our new technologies of 3d software and so on. However, you can demonstrate an idea with a sketch in a matter of...

Hand drawn shrubs download

Hand drawn shrubs download

If you have come across some of my other downloads you will see that my obsession with sketchy trees continues... I have put together a huge selection of sketchy shrubs in plan (photoshop and jpeg files) for you to use in your architectural and landscaping plans. The...

Attaching and Exporting Object Data in AutoCAD

Attaching and Exporting Object Data in AutoCAD

This week we have another really interesting guest post that looks at aspects of AutoCAD some people would never even consider possible. Nick Williams shares his knowledge on the subject of attaching and exporting object data in AutoCAD. As always it is great to hear...

Best SketchUp Plugins for Architects

Best SketchUp Plugins for Architects

SketchUp is a great piece of software. It took me a while to fall in love with it - I was always more confident with Autocad. But now of course I am completely converted and use it regularly in my work. It also took me a while to discover all the plugins that are...

Free CAD Blocks – Dynamic Windows 2

Free CAD Blocks – Dynamic Windows 2

I'm really happy to share with you another set of dynamic windows. These were very kindly contributed by Paul - so big thank you to Paul! The image below shows all the different iterations of the dynamic blocks. We have the plan version, and the elevation version all...

6 Study Abroad Tips for Architecture Students

6 Study Abroad Tips for Architecture Students

This week I am excited to share something a little bit different. Jessie at Go Overseas has put together some really great tips for architecture students who are thinking about studying abroad. I get a lot of people asking me about this, and seeing as I have never...

Introduction to Foundation Design

Introduction to Foundation Design

This article is an excerpt from Residential Construction Details - US Edition. The book is packed full of both 2d and 3d details all of which are available to download as both dwg cad files and .skp sketchup files. Find out more about Residential Construction Details....

Starting Out As An Architecture Student

Starting Out As An Architecture Student

I am really excited to share with you the first guest article on the website. You may be aware that I am always keen to share my readers stories so I was thrilled when KC got in touch with me to share her experience of starting out in architecture. She has some really...

Free CAD Blocks – Furniture 08 – Sofas & Couches

Free CAD Blocks – Furniture 08 – Sofas & Couches

Here is another set of free cad blocks from the First In Architecture Cad Block database. I hope you find them useful. Please feel free to download them. My free autocad block library continues to grow - if you have any suggestions for useful content please get in...

Landscape Architecture Resources

Landscape Architecture Resources

I have had quite a few requests for information regarding landscape architecture, so I wanted to put together a post with some good resources that might help landscape architects in their studies. This post covers good website resources for landscape architects,...

SketchUp Kitchen Cabinet Download

SketchUp Kitchen Cabinet Download

Tired of shopping for cabinets and not finding what you need for cabinets? These Kitchen cabinets are designed and layered as components for Sketchup. Layered with 2 door and hardware styles. Contemporary and Traditional. The generic texture is applied horizontal and...

Residential Construction Details USA

Residential Construction Details USA

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Free CAD Blocks – Trees 08

Free CAD Blocks – Trees 08

Here is another set of free cad blocks from the First In Architecture Cad Block database. I hope you find them useful. Please feel free to download them. My free autocad block library continues to grow - if you have any suggestions for useful content please get in...

Designing for daylight – 45 and 25 degree test

Designing for daylight – 45 and 25 degree test

Want to get a handy PDF copy of this post? Click on the button below to download the file. Download PDF Now! Good natural lighting is very important in both peoples homes, but also many non domestic buildings. Not only will natural light improve the look and feel of...

SketchUp & LayOut for Architecture – Review

SketchUp & LayOut for Architecture – Review

  SketchUp & Layout for Architecture, by Matt Donley and Nick Sonder has recently been released. This new book, looks at the workflow of Architect Nick Sonder - and how he uses SketchUp as his main tool when designing houses, from concept through to...

Free CAD Blocks – Furniture 07 Tables

Free CAD Blocks – Furniture 07 Tables

Here is another set of free cad blocks from the First In Architecture Cad Block database. I hope you find them useful. Please feel free to download them. My free autocad block library continues to grow - if you have any suggestions for useful content please get in...

How to photograph architectural models

How to photograph architectural models

Click on the link below if you want a printable pdf of this post. Click here to download the PDF Introduction to photographing architectural models For those of you who have spent hours hunched over your architectural model, got covered in glue, and cut yourself...

Free CAD Blocks – Trees 07

Free CAD Blocks – Trees 07

Here is another set of free cad blocks from the First In Architecture Cad Block database. I hope you find them useful. Please feel free to download them. My free autocad block library continues to grow - if you have any suggestions for useful content please get in...

Basement Construction Details – Type A

Basement Construction Details – Type A

In this post I am going to share with you some information about basement construction and detailing. We will look a the three types of basement construction, along with a focus on Type A - tanked protection. Basement construction provides valuable space for both...

Brick Dimension Tables Explained

Brick Dimension Tables Explained

You can download this post as a handy pdf file by clicking the link below: Download the guide now! When designing masonry buildings, the designer should set out the masonry units to full or half brick lengths where possible. This will avoid unsightly and unnecessary...