Draftsmen create and build structures for people to live and work. They design a variety of building from homes, schools, offices, churches, and many more. They are also heavily involved in every step of the home building process from planning to post-construction. Some draftsman, work for home builders or other construction firms, while others are freelancers. They can do business in either residential or commercial projects.
For a custom home design, do you absolutely need an architect to help you?
While all home building professionals add a certain value to the projects that they participate in, their services are more necessary than those of architects and designer, considering whether or not your home builder already has a concept building design team that works for them in-house. So the answer to this question is “yes”.
When homeowners are in search for a custom home that is just for them, they can end up finding house plans online, in a magazine, or based on other homes they once visited or lived in before. Getting these ideas into a concrete form is not necessarily a job that the homeowners want to do themselves, though. Because most buildings do not require plans for families to be drawn up by an architect or engineer, a professional draftsman can do this job for you at a reduced cost.
If you have a series of plans that you bought from a third party source, such as a catalog or magazine, the draftsman can use those plans and make some minor changes to it in order to satisfy your needs or meet certain building requirements. A draftsman can also refer to other licensed professionals, such as structural engineers, to determine if a part of your proposed building needs any special work to be done by them.
Draftsmen do not just create building plans for new building construction, though. They also can draw floor plans for existing buildings, so that a homeowner can apply for permits to do some remodeling, if need be.
In the old days, draftsmen only used to draw up home plans with a pencil and paper. Nowadays, with many other aspects of present day, drafts of homes are more commonly done with special software on the computer. This software is proven to make home plans drawn more accurately and at a faster rate. The latest software is capable of creating 3D renders of drafts of homes that include floor plans, plumbing plans, electrical plans, and more, in order to clear all building regulations. These plans can also be very easy to share with other people online, whether through emails or text messaging.
Not everybody can use this software brilliantly, though. Draftsmen are pros when it comes to creating plans digitally. The same software is also used by large commercial firms and government agencies.
Some people use the terms “draftsman” and “architect” interchangeably, but they are actually two different professions. While it is the job of an architect to design a building and oversee construction, a draftsman is only tasked to draw up the design of the building. If you already have a home builder picked out, but just need a concept building design for them to go by, hiring a draftsman will help save you money. But if you are looking to start a home from scratch and have nobody to help you yet, you might want to speak to an architect first, despite their services being much more expensive.
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