What Are Architectural Drawings? And Why You Need Them

Architectural drawings are the backbone of any building’s design. If you’re not sure what architectural drawings are, why they exist and why you need them for your home renovations, keep reading!

The History Of Architectural Drawings

Historical architectural drawings did not have specifications such as measurements like they do today as they were never designed to be created. In the Renaissance, painters would draw extremely detailed designs of structures and concepts they creatively devised. The drawings were never created to be built or come of anything other than to be spectacular art. Historical architectural drawings did not have specifications, such as measurements, like they do today as they were never designed to be actual buildings. Eventually, however, architectural drawings started to be used as the basis of building, as the foundations of a structure.

Why Do You Need Architectural Drawings?

Architectural drawings are the starting point for any building project. They have every tiny detail for the build to be successfully listed within them. Without architectural drawings, it would be the builder’s responsibility to decide how big a room should be and how it should be laid out, inevitably ending up with the very uneven building.

Benefits Of Architectural Drawings

The benefits of producing the correct architectural drawings for your project mean that you can schedule a specific budget for the build as the drawings make it easier to plan for the exact items and materials needed for a project.

What Are The Different Types Of Architectural Drawings?

  • Block plan
  • Component drawings
  • Concept drawings/sketches
  • Construction drawings/working drawings
  • Design drawings
  • Detail drawings
  • Electrical drawing
  • Elevations
  • Floor plans
  • Engineering drawing
  • Perspective
  • Scale drawing
  • Section drawings
  • Shop drawings
  • Site plans
  • Technical drawings

If you need advice from an architectural designer, be it for a commercial or residential property, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

2021 homeowner trends; moving upwards and outwards!

A multitude of reasons can motivate homeowners to stay put and draw up extension plans instead of hitting the house-hunting trail. Why is that, how do you pin down the design you need, and what are the ramifications of planning permission?

Why 2021 will bring a home improvement upturn

For months, the British have spent an unprecedented amount of time anchored at home. For some, this was a golden opportunity to evaluate the amount and quality of living space they were enjoying!

One of the main reasons to add more space to your existing property is that it can prove far less expensive than stretching your finances thin to afford a bigger home. It also avoids the hassles and heartache of house buying.

There is also cause for excitement if you opt to amend the architecture of your current home. After all, you can continue to benefit from any improvements you’ve already completed, and all the finishing touches you’ve added to make this house your home. However, you now also get to draw up extension plans to further stamp your preferences, tastes and lifestyle needs on this property.

That can include everything from expanding upwards into the loft or building outwards to create a single or two-story extension. You can have the master bedroom you always dreamed of, an extra bathroom, a better family room or even a whole suite of rooms for an elderly relative to live in.

In 2021, one of the most common reasons to alter the architecture of private residences will be to create a home office. It is likely that, post-pandemic, many people will continue to work from home. Pundits also believe home-based enterprises will increase in numbers as more folk embrace self-employment. Or, rent out rooms to make ends meet.

Investing in a flawless – legal – extension

One of the key ‘take-homes’ of drawing up extension plans of any kind, is that this is not the time to cut corners!

For one thing, you must be familiar with any planning permission hurdles and queries you may face. This often hinges on whether you are changing the purpose of your property or creating an extra building (such as a non-adjacent workshop) for business purposes. Some properties have additional planning permission restrictions to consider, due to the age or location of the structure too, for example.

You need to check the architecture aims you have, against the individual planning rules in your area. Though this is something Plan It could greatly assist with, along with transforming your ambitions and outline concepts into an achievable property extension with flawless attributes.

Having this level of expertise to rely on ensures that you will make changes to your property’s architecture that support its existing integrity and add value to its price.

The designers at Plan It can also maximise every square metre of space available, to create an extension that possibly even exceeds your initial expectations.

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have that prospect, to look forward to in 2021? Go Plan It!

Bexley start-up shortlisted for business excellence award

A pair of young entrepreneurs from South East London who count Love Island stars Olivia and Alex Bowen among their clients have been nominated for a prestigious business award just nine months after launching.

Bexley-based Plan It UK, which was set up by business partners Frazer Day, 29, and Harry Dunn 29, in 2020, has undergone rapid expansion despite the challenges faced by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pair, who both live in Sidcup, learned they had been shortlisted for a Bexley Excellence in Business Award shortly after passing an important milestone – their 150th customer.

Dad of one Frazer said: “We’re so proud to have been shortlisted for this prestigious local award. We set the business up in February this year and have seen phenomenal growth ever since.

“Given the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses and we’re extremely proud to have been recognised as a company that provides an excellent service.

“I won’t deny that the pandemic has been tough for us – as it has for everyone.

“But by innovating and creating a Covid secure system where customers can upload all their own measurements without the need for a visit has enabled us to weather the storm and we are going from strength-to-strength.”

Plan It UK provides planning drawings and structural design for home extensions.

The idea to create the company came from a family member looking to extend their home expressing their frustration with the cost and complexity of the process in obtaining some straight-forward home extension plans.

Notable customers include Olivia and Alex Bowen from Love Island who hired Plan It to create a new eight metre opening for huge slim line frame sliding glass doors to their new kitchen.

Frazer added: “Working with Olivia was brilliant and we were extremely proud of the end result.”

Coronavirus Vs property values

As we are all adjusting to life during Coronavirus, every aspect of our lives have in some way been affected by this disease and our view is to ‘take the fight to the disease to manage the damage limitation’. You might be asking – how can I do this? We are all aware of the government advice of washing hands, social distancing and staying at home if possible, but what else can you do to reduce the impact of Covid-19 to your ‘normal’ lives? Your thoughts mayhave wandered into the state of the economy, what will happen to property values in the short and long term? I listened to a CEO & Chair of a leading global bank this week and he believes the impact of the economy will surpass the devastation left by the global financial crash in 2008. In 2008 reports suggest that property values plummeted by an average of 16.2%. Listening to Bill Gates this morning he predicts that (long term) the economy will get back to where it was and as a result of the pandemic we shall be much better prepared for future pandemics.

So how do we manage the short term, how do we protect what is typically the largest asset we have in our lifetime?

Our homes. 2 weeks ago, we at Plan It UK, created a ‘social-distancing freindly’ guide which allows you to take photos of your property and to sketch a floorplan from the safety of your own home without the need for us to make a visit. You simply email us a photo of your floor-plan sketches and some photos of the external sides of your property. We can then prepare full planning drawings from the safety of our home, protecting you and us. Link at the bottom of this blog.. This will allow the local council to review and decide on your application in readiness for when the pandemic is over, if you obtain consent – this lasts for 3 years! Obtaining planning permission and building extensions on your property has always been a sure fire way for homeowners to increase the value of your property. Figures suggest that obtaining planning permission on your property could increase your house price by up to 5% on its original value depending on location, property type and condition. Planning that extension you’ve always wanted to build can be one of the best investments you can make.

And in the situation of a financial crisis, it can be a strong way to protect the value of your house. The average house price in South London is around £578,000. If the housing market takes a 16% hit, as it did in the 2008 financial crash, your property will now be worth around £485,520. But consider the impact of getting planning permission on your house. For the average house in South London – a 5% increase would see the value increase to £509,706. This could see a recovery of up to £24,276 on the value of your home. So for an investment of less than £1,000, you could look at recovering up to £25k on the value of your property. Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to protect and strengthen the assets you do have.

Do I need building control approval?

Hi Planners! It’s a part of the process that not many people understand so do not feel alone, BUT my fearful friends – its in fact very straightforward. Why would we reinvent the wheel when there is a great FAQ session on this local authority website here for you with a bow on it!

Building regulations – a guide Do I need building regulations approval? … to build an extension to my house? Yes. However, a porch or conservatory built at ground level and under 30m² in floor area is exempt provided that a separation remains between it and the main dwelling and the glazing complies with the safety glazing requirements of the Building Regulations (Part N). The Building Control Surveyor can supply further information on safety glazing. You should ensure that a conservatory is not constructed in such a manner that it restricts ladder access to windows serving a room in a roof or loft conversion where these are required for means of escape. You will need approval if a new opening is being formed to gain access to the conservatory. However, if any of these buildings receives its electricity from a source shared with or located inside a dwelling, you must apply for approval for that electrical work unless it is being self certified by a registered competent person. … to build or alter a garden wall or boundary wall? No. But, of course, you should make sure that the work is done safely to avoid future instability. A leaflet on safe construction of free-standing walls is available from the Council. … to build a garage extension to my house, shop or office? Yes. But a car port extension built at ground level, open on at least two sides and under 30m² in floor area, is exempt.

However, if any of these buildings receives its electricity from a source shared with or located inside a dwelling, you must apply for permission for that electrical work unless it is being self certified by a registered competent person. … to build a detached garage? Yes. But a single storey garage at ground floor level, with no sleeping accommodation, under 30m² in floor area is exempt provided either: it is constructed of substantially non-combustible material, or when built, it has a clear space of at least 1 metre from the boundaries of the property. However, if any of these buildings receives its electricity from a source shared or located inside a dwelling an application for that electrical work will be required unless it is being self certified by a registered competent person. … for a loft conversion? Yes. In all cases. Please see the Loft conversions leaflet. … to make internal alterations within my house, shop or office? Yes. If the alterations are to the structure such as the removal or part removal of a load bearing wall, joist, beam or chimney breast, or would affect fire precautions of a structural nature either inside or outside your house. You also need approval if, in altering a house, work is necessary to the drainage system or to maintain the means of escape in case of fire. … to install replacement windows in my house, shop or office? Yes. (see our information on Replacement Windows) You may need approval unless: the window openings are not enlarged. If a larger opening is required, or if the frames to be replaced are load bearing, then a structural alteration will take place and approval will be required you do not remove those opening windows which are necessary as means of escape or required for ventilation. … to install, alter or replace my shop front? Yes. Because there are implications relating to structure, fire and access. … to carry out repairs to my house, shop or office? No. If the repairs are of a minor nature. This includes replacing the felt to a flat roof, re-pointing and replacing floorboards. Yes. If the repair consists of more major works including underpinning. In the case of re-roofing works – approval under Building Regulations will be required. … to convert my house into flats? Yes. This is a material change of use. Such works may also come within the provisions of the Housing Act 1985 – Houses in Multiple Occupation. Further information can be obtained from H.M.O. Owners Handbook available from Environmental Health and Trading Standards See also leaflet No.15 – Flat conversions. … to convert my house to a shop or office? No. If you are not proposing any building work to make the change. Where building work is proposed you probably will need approval if it affects the structure or means of escape in case of fire.