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Detail Library – New Details May 2023

Detail Library – New Details May 2023

New Details This month the team at Detail Library have published a great new set of flat roof details! This detail set demonstrates a variety of flat roof and pitched roof arrangements, including I-joist flat roof details, timber frame green roof details, exposed...

Architecture Precedent Study and Analysis

Architecture Precedent Study and Analysis

A precedent can be defined in the following ways: Something said or done that may serve as an example or rule to authorise or justify a subsequent act of the same or an analogous kind. The convention established by such a precedent or by long practice. A person or...

The Best Apps for Measured Surveys

The Best Apps for Measured Surveys

The Best Apps for Measured Surveys   Introduction   [Post Updated April 2023]This post is a response to many reader questions asking for advice on measured surveys - the gear, kit, tech, and even the best apps for measured surveys. — I don’t do so much...

Free Bar Stool CAD Blocks

Free Bar Stool CAD Blocks

Bar Stool CAD Blocks We are excited to share a new set of CAD blocks this week. The bar stool CAD blocks are featured in plan and elevation, showing various different types of bar stools. Whether you are designing a restaurant or a new kitchen, hopefully these bar...

Architecture Portfolio for University Applications

Architecture Portfolio for University Applications

Architecture Portfolio for University Applications   Introduction   An architecture portfolio for university applications gives you the opportunity to showcase your unique identity and creative skills to the admissions officers or interviewers at your chosen...

Detail Library – New Details April 2023

Detail Library – New Details April 2023

New Details This month we are excited to be able to share a set of curtain wall details with you! This detail set demonstrates the use of curtain walls in a number of different applications. This set of curtain wall details consist of: curtain wall typical glazing...

CAD Template Guide

CAD Template Guide

CAD Template Guide   Looking to get your hands on a great CAD template? Scroll down to the end to see the different templates we have available to download from First In Architecture.What is a CAD Template?   A CAD template file stores settings, styles and data for...

Measured Survey – How to Measure a Building

Measured Survey – How to Measure a Building

Measured Survey: How to measure a building​?   A measured survey is a survey carried out on a building or site in order to produce accurate drawings, such as plans, elevations and sections. These drawings can then be used as a starting point for any design work. ...

Free Photoshop Tree Plan Brushes Set 3

Free Photoshop Tree Plan Brushes Set 3

Free Photoshop Tree Brushes Set 3 Today we are sharing our Free Photoshop Tree Plan Brushes Set 3. It includes 24 total tree plan brushes that come in various styles to help liven up your architecture drawings! Our Free Photoshop Tree Plan Brushes Set 3 brushes can be...

Detail Post – Window Details

Detail Post – Window Details

This timber cladding details post includes excerpts and details from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Residential. The book is now in its fourth edition, and was updated to reflect the changes to the Building Regulations in June 2022. All of the...

Architecture Competitions For Students

Architecture Competitions For Students

Architecture Competitions For Students   Introduction   Architecture competitions can be greatly beneficial for students as they can help to inspire creativity, enhance architectural design skills and provide future opportunities.  There are a broad range of...

Detail Library – New Details March 2023

Detail Library – New Details March 2023

New Details This month we have put together a selection of cross laminated timber (CLT) details. CLT is a growing construction method that demonstrates a number of benefits, including good structural properties, low impact on the environment, fast construction with...

FIA Free Tree CAD Blocks 14

FIA Free Tree CAD Blocks 14

Free Tree CAD Blocks 14 We are thrilled to share another great set of hand drawn cad blocks. This set consists of 14 tree cad blocks that have been hand drawn. You can download them for free, just hit the button below! You can copy and paste them straight into your...

Architecture Presentation Board Tips

Architecture Presentation Board Tips

Introduction   The Architecture Presentation Board is a means of producing visually captivating summaries of design projects. They can be used for a variety of purposes. On an academic level, students use them for their architecture school submissions but they...

Detail Post – Flat Roof Details

Detail Post – Flat Roof Details

The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Residential.   The book is now in its fourth edition, and was updated to reflect the changes to the Building Regulations in June 2022. All of the construction details in the book...

Architecture Presentation Board Templates

Architecture Presentation Board Templates

We are excited to present a selection of 14 Architecture Presentation Board Templates in Photoshop and Indesign that all have varying layouts and fonts.  Sometimes trying to get the layout of your presentation board just right can prove to be quite difficult and time...

Detail Library – New Details February 2023

Detail Library – New Details February 2023

New Details This month we have put together a selection of garage conversion details. These details explore different ways to achieve a garage conversion, looking at wall detail options, floor upgrade options and roof upgrades. The details also include garage door...

FIA Wild Plants CAD Blocks

FIA Wild Plants CAD Blocks

Wild Plants CAD Blocks We are excited to share a new set of CAD blocks this week, courtesy of cadnature.com The wild plants CAD blocks are hand drawn, and featured in plan and elevation. These plant cad blocks available in both metric and imperial versions. Download...

How to Get Natural Light into Basements

How to Get Natural Light into Basements

Typically, it is considered difficult to make a basement feel light and bright. Often they are turned into storage areas, or maybe a home gym, or cinema where natural light is not so important. However, if you are looking to design a basement space that has a more...

Detail Library – New Details January 2023

Detail Library – New Details January 2023

New Details This month we are excited to share a selection of details in collaboration with IQ Glass. This latest set of details includes examples of using glass in extensions. The set, over on the Detail Library, features pivot door details, oriel/box window details,...

British Architectural House Styles

British Architectural House Styles

British Architectural House Styles   Introduction   There are a variety of British Architectural House Styles. Identifying what time period a house was built in may be beneficial in unpacking its history, design and intended use.  An architectural style...

Freezer and Refrigerator CAD Blocks

Freezer and Refrigerator CAD Blocks

Refrigerator and Freezer CAD Blocks We are excited to share a new set of CAD blocks this week, courtesy of dwgfree.com The freezer CAD blocks are featured in plan, elevation, and a couple of axonometric. The refrigerator CAD blocks are also featured in plan, elevation...

Architecture Assignment Brief Guide

Architecture Assignment Brief Guide

Architecture Assignment Brief Guide   Introduction   Throughout your architecture studies, you will carry out countless architecture assignments. These assignments will take many different forms. You certainly won’t just be asked to write essays. Whether it...

Free Photoshop Tree Plan Brushes Set 2

Free Photoshop Tree Plan Brushes Set 2

Free Photoshop Tree Brushes Today we are sharing our Free Photoshop Tree Plan Brushes Set 2. It includes different styles of trees in plan.These brushes can be used to quickly add trees to your site plan to give things a bit more interest. They are easy to use and...