Technical

In this section we look at some of the more technical aspects to studying and working in architecture. Over the coming months I am working to develop this section of the site to provide more useful guides and resources for all your technical questions and problems.

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Metric Data 11 – Accessible Bathroom and WC

Metric Data 11 – Accessible Bathroom and WC

Accessible Bathroom and WC in Dwellings In this section of our Metric Data series we will look at accessible sanitary facilities. This refers to designing wheelchair accessible bathrooms and wheelchair accessible WCs.   You can download the PDF of this post by...

Detail Post – Flat Roof Details

Detail Post – Flat Roof Details

The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Residential. Introduction to Flat Roof Details The roof is a key element of the building structure, providing protection from the elements and has a vital role in reducing heat...

Metric Data 10 – Kitchen Standards for Wheelchair Users

Metric Data 10 – Kitchen Standards for Wheelchair Users

​Kitchen Standards for Wheelchair Users In this metric data post we will be looking at standard kitchen layouts and sizes for wheelchair users.   We explore accessible kitchen information for units, appliances, layouts and more.   The sizes below are...

Detail Post: Pitched Roof Details

Detail Post: Pitched Roof Details

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

Metric Data 09 – Kitchen Standard Sizes

Metric Data 09 – Kitchen Standard Sizes

Metric Data 09 - Kitchen Standard Sizes   Standard kitchen unit and appliance sizes   In this metric data post we will be looking at standard kitchen layouts and sizes. To make it more useful, we have put together a reference PDF with all of the sizes that you...

A Quick and Easy Guide to U-Values

A Quick and Easy Guide to U-Values

Understanding and measuring U-values has become increasingly important as we aim to improve the sustainability and performance of our buildings. What is a U-Value? U-Value - is the measure of the overall rate of heat transfer, by all mechanisms under standard...

Detail Post: Foundation Details

Detail Post: Foundation Details

The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Residential and Understanding Architectural Details - Commercial. Introduction to Foundation Details The main role of foundations is to structurally support the building by...

Metric Data 08 – Standard Furniture Sizes

Metric Data 08 – Standard Furniture Sizes

Metric Data 08 - Standard Furniture Sizes   Living Room, Dining Room, Bedroom   In metric data 08 we will be looking at standard furniture sizes. To make it more useful, we have put together a reference PDF with all of the sizes that you can download for free. On...

Metric Data 07 – Wheelchair accessible living areas

Metric Data 07 – Wheelchair accessible living areas

Wheelchair accessible living areas In this post, we will explore the necessary requirements to design a wheelchair accessible living area. We will look at living spaces that will enable a wheelchair user to enjoy the spaces and be able to socialise with their friends...

How to calculate slopes and gradients

How to calculate slopes and gradients

How to calculate slopes, and gradients  You can download a pdf of this guide by clicking on the button below.As an architect you will need to know how to calculate slopes and gradients in differing situations. The most common occurrence of this is working with ramped...

What is an architectural site plan?

What is an architectural site plan?

What is an architectural site plan? A site plan is a really important part of any set of architectural drawings. The site plan will often show information like existing and proposed buildings, access, landscaping, site boundaries and much more. There are,...

Metric Data 06 Wheelchair Accessible Dwelling

Metric Data 06 Wheelchair Accessible Dwelling

Metric Data 06 - Wheelchair Accessible Dwelling   Approach, Entrance and Circulation   In Metric Data 06 we look at the approach to dwellings, entrance and circulation for a wheelchair accessible dwelling. This includes details such as requirements for ramps, car...

What is a Construction Drawing?

What is a Construction Drawing?

What is a construction drawing?   A construction drawing or set of construction drawings form part of the pre-construction information that is used to construct a building. Before we dive in to construction drawings, what they look like and what they...

Metric Data 05 Approach Entrance and Horizontal Circulation

Metric Data 05 Approach Entrance and Horizontal Circulation

Metric Data 05: Approach, Entrance and Horizontal Circulation In Visitable Dwellings   In Metric Data 05 we look at the approach to dwellings, entrance and circulation. This includes details such as requirements for ramps, steps, corridors and...

Straw bale construction

Straw bale construction

What is straw bale construction?   Straw bale construction uses the renewable material of straw, in bale form to act as an infill material to timber frame structures or as a load bearing structure to buildings of no more than two storeys. The...

My favourite Tools and Resources

I have curated a list of some of the tools and resources I would strongly recommend for anyone studying or working in Architecture.