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30 March 2021

What is architectural drafting and how important is it for your renovation project

Architectural drafting is significant in all new and renovation projects.
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As one of the country’s most trusted providers of architectural drafting services, we would like to shed some light on a very crucial process called drafting and how important it is for your new home or renovation project. We’ll also share some expert advice on how to get this process done right to avoid miscommunication and problems during construction.

Superdraft’s expert drafting services

Drafting is an incredibly precise process of drawing accurate technical documentation to represent the structure that you are planning to build. These drawings communicate the building’s form and function to the design and construction professionals involved in the project. These drawings are their basis when it’s time to build the structure from the ground up. 

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It is important to note that drafting services don’t include the design work for your home. Should you require an architect or a building designer, please speak to us and we can match you to the best building designer for your project.

Here at Superdraft, we make sure that we match our architectural drafting service to the needs of our customers in all stages of construction. 

During the design phase, we typically provide the site plan, floor plans and elevations.

Moving forward to the council approval stage, we add the shadow diagrams and other drawings required by the local council (e.g. electrical plan, reflected ceiling plan, etc.).

During the building approval stage, we make sure that our customers have their complete set of drawings including the site plan, floor plans, elevations, sections, construction details, and door and window schedule.

If you want an in-depth discussion on the purposes of each document, head to our guide to reading architectural planning drawings

When to engage a draftsman

It is crucial to engage a draftsman from the onset of your project, whether it is a new home or a renovation. Draftspeople are the ones who can turn your vision into working drawings that can then be used to build your dream home later. Talk to one of our project consultants today and they can help you choose a Superdraft draftsman for your project

How to choose a draftsperson for your project

If you look up a draftsman online, you’ll find that there are so many freelancers and institutions that offer drafting services. You have so many options to choose from, and everybody claims that they are the best. A few hours (or days) later, you’re knee-deep in research until you find yourself too overwhelmed to choose one and too unsure about which one to trust

Here at Superdraft, you don’t have to undergo the same tedious process. As our customer, you have access to our already vetted, elite network of skilled draftspeople. We have a designer match technology, which suggests the profiles of draftsmen who specialise in the kind of structure you want to build, and then you make the final decision on who to work with. In case your first choice failed to deliver your project requirements, you can switch them for another pro in our network. 

Are architectural drawing revisions allowed?

Variations in the drawings are part of the process. However, our customers are only given limited opportunities to revise their draftsman’s work for free. Additional variations might incur extra costs. 

To avoid this, we give our customers enough time to discuss the project brief and requirements with us. We study exactly our customer wants. This way, all variations in the future will be intentional.

The difference between a draftsperson vs. an architect vs a building designer

If you visit our designers’ profile page, you will see that we have architects, building designers, and draftspeople on our team. These three play an essential role in the design, planning, and approval stages of your project but they are definitely not one and the same. 

We previously wrote an in-depth article about the differences between architects, building designers, and draftspeople here.  Consider reading the article so you know who to choose depending on the complexity of the work and the level of expertise needed. Speaking with one of our project consultants is the best and easiest way to figure out the most suited professional to engage in your project too. 

How much does it cost to hire an SD draftsman?

The ballpark range is from $3,000 to $15,000 across the country. Drafting for new homes costs around $2,750 to $10,000. Simple renovations start at $4,000 and extending a house start at around $3,400 on average.

The cost of hiring a draftsman varies depending on the project’s location, size, complexity, type of project, and level of documentation needed. The draftsman’s skill and experience level also reflected their fees. 

To get an accurate estimate for your project, speak with one of our project consultants. We can prepare a formal fixed-price quote for you. 

Here at Superdraft, we believe that every stage of building your dream home should be an enjoyable experience for our customers. To do that, we ensure that: 

  • Our draftsmen create fully detailed and comprehensive documentation 
  • Our draftsmen are knowledgeable with their local building codes and trained in servicing customers. We make sure that we deliver what the customer wants so there’s a lower number of variations in the future
  • Our customers have an option to view their design in immersive 3D virtual home tours, so they can see their draftsman work come to life before construction

Consider Superdraft’s residential drafting services. Create your profile and start planning your project today.

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