If you are thinking about improving your home, such as adding a single-storey extension to the rear of your property or extending your garage, then you will need architectural drawings. These drawings will be used by a range of different professionals including builders, electricians and plumbers.
This is why it is vital that they are clear, concise and accurate.
Problems can arise when drawings are of poor quality. Below we explore some of the common issues and complaints that are associated with poor quality drawings.
Problems With Size
One of the biggest complaints with poor quality drawings is related to size. This is when the plans are not drawn to the correct scale, or the same scale ratio hasn't been used across all design elements, rendering the drawings unusable.
This problem usually occurs due to a lack of experience or when an individual rushes the drawing process. When essential details are left out, or the drawing is not complete, it can lead to requests for information and changes when work has already started on-site.
Problems With Doors
Many homeowners also complain that poor quality drawings often don't leave enough room for doors to open properly, or that when doors do open, they open the wrong way, blocking cabinets and windows, for example. This wastes valuable time and can be costly to fix.
Plumbing Not Considered
It may seem surprising, but one common complaint observed in poor quality drawings is that plumbing and drainage requirements haven't been taken into consideration. All drawings need to work with current plumbing systems and utilities to ensure the existing water mains aren't blocked or covered, especially if the room is to be used as a kitchen or laundry.
Acronyms Or Illegible Writing
Drawings need to be clear and concise so that everyone who needs to use them can do so. This is not possible when acronyms which aren't universally known are used, or when handwriting is illegible. For example, acronyms such as 'CA' and 'CC' have a number of meanings, so ensure everyone is on the same page to prevent unnecessary confusion and mistakes.
Ultimately, if drawings have any of the above problems, you will need to have new ones done. This will not only delay any planned work, but it will also cost you more money.
Here at BDS Architecture, our team of professionals can draw up high-quality plans for your extension or new build.
If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, please get in touch with us today.
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