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Detail Library – New Details June 2024

Detail Library – New Details June 2024

New Details These new details are the first half of a two part set exploring refurbished or retrofit slate roof details. The set explores traditional slate roof construction, with the addition of insulation for scenarios such as extensions and retrofit or...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.