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27 October 2022
Kuldeep Bwail

Why Design Support Can Make Remodelling Easy in Housing Projects

It can be daunting. Just the thought of remodelling a group of older residential buildings or large housing projects can induce a minor panic attack when project stakeholders start thinking of all the challenges involved. With the right design support, it does not have to be so. Reliable and experienced home remodelling design support can provide high-quality residential design drawings, residential construction drawings, renovation design drawings and architectural rendering services to make the entire process of remodelling just that much easier.

Residential design drawings are typically built-to-scale or created according to elevations, sections or plan views, with strict adherence to the building codes and standards of the relevant region.

Must-have Drawings for Housing Remodelling

  • Site Plans – show the full extent of the site
  • Floor Plans – show the floor layout on each floor
  • Location Plans – shows the building and its immediate surroundings
  • Ceiling Plans – show level of ceilings, moulding structures and light fixtures

Other drawings that help with remodelling include:

Interior & Exterior Elevations

Exterior elevations show floor to floor height, total building height, exterior wall openings (doors, windows, etc.) and cladding materials.
Interior elevations include room details, walls, total room height, wall openings, finishes and cabinets.

Sections

A drawing that cuts vertically through a residence shows the vertical room dimensions and materials used for foundations footings to the roof.

Interior & Exterior Detailing

Details of different areas, textures, finishes and materials used there are represented in the vertical or horizontal cut or elevation.

Finishes & Schedules

Schedules of plumbing fixtures, room finishes, cabinets and appliances have all product or material information of a specific space. For example, for a large housing estate with different types of windows, a window schedule will include the total number of that specific window, their locations, their dimensions and materials.

Framing & Utility Plans

Structural drawings that are part of residential construction documentation, framing plans show the roof frame and flooring members. Using a framing plan, a builder can see the material size and location of weight acting on the framing members.

Utility plans, or building services plans, show where all mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) fixtures are located inside the building.

As-built Drawings

During construction, buildings undergo a number of changes. As-built drawings show details of the final, actual construction.

Electrical Drawings

These drawings show how electrical systems and wiring will be installed.

Shop Drawings

Shop drawings detail how any prefabricated components should be manufactured, assembled and installed.

When all these drawings are provided quickly and accurately, with attention to detail and perhaps even value-added services, then remodelling becomes easy, especially in large-scale projects. It simply becomes a matter of following the plans or the drawings so that design intent is maintained throughout the remodelling process. To paraphrase from ‘The A-Team’, ‘Everybody loves it when a plan comes together.’ In this case, that plan or set of plans should ideally include detailed and accurate residential design drawings, residential construction drawings, renovation design drawings and architectural rendering services for the coming together of an effective residential remodelling design process.

XS CAD has valuable experience providing home remodeling design support and residential remodeling design services for architects, general contractors and design consultants. Our range of services for global firms across the world include renovation design drawings, residential design drawings, residential construction drawings and architectural rendering services, and we offer retained teams when required. We create these models, drawings and BIM services by using Revit, AutoCAD and BIM Collaborate Pro for cloud collaboration.