August 2nd, 2016

5:09p.m. EST

Today, I'd like to discuss the topic of why are drawings and renderings necessary for your project.  When clients first approach me about a project, some give me floor plans that they have found online and they like, but they want it to look like another project they found on another site.   That is where I come in to help them put the puzzle together and make it their own design.

​Years ago, when I first started in the architectural field, we had one shot to get everything right because a lot of drawings were drawn by hand.  Then, the computer helped cut our time in half by being able to create a design and make changes at will and being able to make them quickly.  Nowadays, the software has evolved so that I can create the client's vision within the computer in three dimensions and be able to show them what their project will look like before they ever spend money on the first board the new project.  When starting a project, the client sees a flat image of a floor plan, however, it's not until I rotated the view that their vision takes shape within the computer.  If they don't like a brick soldier course above the windows, then they can easily change it to an arch.  Or, if they don't like brick at all, then the exterior can easily be changed to reflect vinyl siding.  So, as you look through this site and look at the various projects, you can almost guarantee that the renderings you are viewing have been through several different versions until the final product is being shown.

​Multiple clients have commented on how much money they have saved by making changes within the computer instead of having several change orders on the job site.  This process has successfully worked in the past and we hope to continue the same process as we work with new clients and new projects in the future.  Let us know if you have questions you want us to address in our BLOG and we'll answer them as they come in. 

​Until next time...

August 8th, 2016

9:33 p.m. EST

Tonight, we're watching the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and supporting Team U.S.A.! 

July 26th, 2016

8:14 p.m. EST

Today is my first BLOG entry of my new page of my site.  I have been working on a project with DiChito builders in South Charlotte where we are adding a roof over the existing deck to a residence.  I think it's going to add a lot of character to the home and also a lot more function than the current deck.  The owners wanted to make an outdoor grilling space, a seating and dining area as well as add an outdoor fireplace to the deck.  It should serve their friends and family well for years to come.

August 18th, 2016

8:51 p.m. EST

​Last July, I took the test from Autodesk to become an AutoCAD Certified Professional.  I took it so I could help train others on AutoCAD and help them set up drawings the most efficient way possible.  That being said, I'd like to discuss the setting up of drawings in AutoCAD with you a little tonight.  When you open an AutoCAD file, you will see two tabs on the lower left of the screen labeled Model And Layout. 

Upon setting up a drawing file, you will draw a titleblock in its own file and save it to your computer or server.  The title block will contain all the information about the current project, your company's information, and any consultant's information.  This titleblock sheet should be drawn on a 1:1 scale within the model space environment. 

Once you have a titleblock sheet setup for your project, you can then proceed to setup a SHEET file.  The SHEET file will consist of a couple of different things.  Typically, you will enter into the LAYOUT space of this file and type in XREF into the command line.  This will bring up a dialog box where you will choose the titleblock sheet to insert into the SHEET file.  Once you highlight the titleblock file, look in the XREF manager dialog box and you will see two options with a box beside it.  The two options are ATTACH and OVERLAY.  It is VERY important to note that in order to avoid problems with the drawings in the future, PLEASE ALWAYS CHOOSE OVERLAY when insert not only the titleblock file, but ANY and ALL files that you will insert into your sheet file. 

​Once you finish inserting the titleblock file, then you can click on the MODEL tab and enter into model space.  This is the area where you can insert more XREF's to build your drawings.  You can insert the floor plans, elevations, and even wall sections into the model space of the SHEET file.  However, upon inserting the XREFs, make sure to ALWAYS CHOOSE THE OVERLAY option.  Never use the ATTACH option.  I wish Autodesk would simply remove the attach option but it's been in there for as long as I can remember and even though millions of users have complained about this option causing problems with their drawings, it's still there. 

​I hope this has entry has been helpful to you and if you have any questions, feel free to email me.  In my next entry, I'm going to talk about the AUDIT and PURGE commands in AutoCAD and how they will help save space in your project directory and on your server. 

​Until Next Time...