Dealing with Design Options in Construction Drawings for Home Builders
Posted by Kuldeep Bwail on June 2nd, 2017
In the homebuilding industry, the demand for housing across the world is rapidly progressing because of the increases in population, smaller family units, disposable income, lower interest and access to credit. With the boom in the housing market, buyers are ever more demanding, seeking custom built homes and various home design options to suit their budgets whether large or small. Homebuilders must address these demands and provide several home design options to stay competitive in the housing market.
In order to meet the demand in the market, providing residential design drawings options has become an inevitable possibility. For designers, the key challenge is to create residential construction drawings for each design option variation to allow site teams to understand the variation that end customers have chosen. To understand how changes in home design options affect the development of construction drawing sets, it is essential to know what typically constitutes a set. A residential construction drawing set usually constitutes elevations and cross elevations, sections and section details, interior elevations, roof plans, structural and roof framing, electrical plans and other details required for construction. The typical components of a complete construction drawing set (CD set) for home design include:
In this article, we will provide examples of home design options, the challenges of design option changes in construction drawings for houses and how to deal with them.
Types of Home Design Options
There could be several types of home design options required by home builders which require different construction drawing sets. Based on the requirement of clients, these could include:
While these typically are some of the design option changes, there are unlimited possibilities of changes in design options that may be required. Other than design options, there could also be a change in construction material to make home designs energy efficient. While this change would not have an impact on the construction drawing set, it may have an impact on the design.
There are several challenges when developing home design options in construction drawings, from accommodating changes, dealing with issues of space, considering local building code requirements and new building requirements, changing drawing sets in 2D and the lack of skilled resources.
The Challenges of Design Option Changes in Construction Drawings
Changes in home design options pose several challenges for project stakeholders, from homebuilders, architects to designers. While homebuilders can be persistent about getting various design options, design teams must deal with incorporating changes in construction drawing sets. Here are some of the challenges that arise when accommodating design option changes:
Given the challenges, some ways in which to deal with design option changes in construction drawings include managing libraries to incorporate changes, using database-driven applications to facilitate accuracy, utilising a skilled and experienced team and involving key project stakeholders.
How to Deal with Design Option Changes in Construction Drawings
Homebuilders may have several plans, and there could be changes or requirements to showcase several design options. Here are some of the ways in which design option changes in construction drawings for houses can be dealt with:
As the demand for housing continues to increase and given the challenges to be dealt with when providing home design options, homebuilders must stay competitive. To increase operational efficiency, required support is necessary, in terms of utilising technology-based systems, using the latest software, employing a skilled and experienced design team and adopting innovative project management methods.
At XS CAD, we provide Revit BIM models & customised construction drawings for houses based on the design options selected by buyers. All design options are added to the base plans to provide a consolidated construction drawing set for the chosen design option. We also create 3D interactive plans allowing users to view different design options for a chosen house type. Our design team work seamlessly with local project teams to provide documentation and production drawing services for new home designs and new plan updates for timber-frame, traditional and steel-frame homes. To find out how you can cost effectively utilise a dedicated team of experienced designers to get customised designs and residential construction drawings for each design option variation, contact us.
About the AuthorKuldeep Bwail
Joined: September 27th, 2016
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