Top 8 Books for Architectural Detailing

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Top Books for Architectural Detailing

During my studies, one of the hardest things to find was good architectural details to use as precedent studies. I used to spend hours flipping through books in the library, trawling the internet, trying to find specific details. There never seemed to be one resource that covered all my needs. I guess it is safe to say that is still the case.

However, there are some really great books out there that have a wealth of information when it comes to architectural detailing and construction. The list below shows my favourites, starting of course, with a little bit of shameless self promotion… 🙂

Understanding Architectural Details

There are a number of books that can really help with construction detailing, I’ll start with Understanding Architectural Details from First In Architecture!



We have a range of construction books that include really helpful graphics demonstrating the details, and you can download all of the cad drawings and all of the sketchup drawings that go with the books!


Our range includes:

Residential construction (for both UK and North American)

Commercial construction


Basement construction


Here is a video of the Residential book:

Construction Details Textbooks:

Excellent North American Textbooks

Detailed Manuals



Precedent and Case Study Details



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