How Detailed Drawings Lead To Successful Building And Home Design

When you’re building your dream home or your commercial building, you probably want to avoid anything that would delay your project. The best way to keep everything on track and running smoothly is with a detailed set of drawings. For a successful project, it’s better to deal with issues in the design phase rather than living with them after they have been constructed. 

As a professional architect, I can share that it’s much easier and cheaper to make changes to lines on paper (or on the computer) than to knock down walls after they’ve been built. Here are 3 reasons why detailed drawings lead to successful buildings and home designs in the Chicago area: 

Comprehensive drawings make projects faster, a higher priority and budgets more realistic

Due to labor shortages and supply chain issues as a result of COVID-19, contractors are busy. To get your project to the top of their priority list, you’ll want to provide as much information as possible. When a contractor sees comprehensive drawings, they know that they won’t have to spend time asking you questions and second-guessing to meet your expectations for your dream home. 

With detailed drawings showing exactly what type of stairs you want (14 open steps of wood with low-risers and a lovely trim handrail, for example), the contractor can give you a better estimate on the construction cost. Plus, you’ll avoid the back and forth information-gathering, saving you time and avoiding aggravation that would come with not properly planning ahead. And since the details are already available, the contractor can get started, giving your project a higher priority than others so that your project can progress with ease.

Catching issues early on with detailed drawings 

Joe, a developer I’m working with, was building on a lot of land. Joe asked me to take his plans and create 3D drawings. Through this technology, prospective clients could virtually walk through the property. And by providing detailed drawings, I discovered that the house design was over the property line and ran right through the neighbor’s garage. 

While this property issue should have been found earlier, problem-solving is one of the skills of a professional architect. The ability to step in, find a resolution and receive a building permit helped Joe move his project successfully forward.

3D drawings open opportunities and identify problems

Glen, the developer in Lake Bluff, was also pleased by the opportunity he saw with the detailed 3D drawings of his property. Instead of having the house so compact, he could broaden the width to take advantage of the whole lot. This would make the house more marketable, valuable and give it a better street presence.

On the flip side, Glen noticed that the retaining wall was much higher than he thought it was. Not only would this create an issue for the civil engineer to manage the stormwater, but the wall would be more visible. The detailed drawings helped identify this so that Glen could make informed decisions about the type of material to use to build and if the budget would be affected.

It’s much easier to see opportunities and deal with issues in design than wait and be surprised in construction when you may feel disappointed or spend money making changes. Plus, making the most of 3D virtual reality can add magic to your experience of working with a professional architect. 

Detailed drawings lead to successful building and home design

By creating detailed drawings in the design phase, you’re saving yourself time and money. The drawings get a higher priority with the contractor since there’s less guessing and the budget range is more accurate. You’ll be able to identify issues upfront so you can make informed decisions. You can show exactly what materials you want so there won’t be any surprises and you’ll be pleased with the results of your finished home or building.

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*Rendering by Mark Benner, AIA

About the author

Mark Benner

Architect Mark Benner loves a puzzle and he solves one with every luxury residential project he completes in the Chicago area. Whether how best to use the site, retrofit sustainable features to an older home or ensure a new home will meet the needs of the people who live there, each custom home project presents its share of challenges. Mark welcomes them. He opened his firm, Mark Eric Benner - Architects, in 2007 and brings 25 years of experience designing high-end homes from the ground up. The firm is the natural next step in a career that started with carpentry and included groundbreaking work in 3D Design software. He has his degree in architecture from Lawrence Technological University in Michigan. An outdoorsman, Mark has a particular interest in sustainability and helps clients incorporate “green” features into their new or existing homes. Because of working for two firms that combined construction and design services (know as “design build”) under construction-minded leadership, Mark concluded that an architect-led design process is better for the client. He designed his firm to be the intersection of the best in the artistic process and the latest in digital design capabilities. Because a puzzle is easier to assemble together with others, the firm makes extensive use of 3D Design renderings so that it becomes easy for clients to envision what their home will look like. As Mark says, “The process of designing a home is better when it’s open and shared.”