Your home’s GPS (voiced by Ryan Reynolds)
By this stage, you would have seen and heard the word ‘plan’ a million – maybe even a billion times. Block plan. Home plan. “Let’s make a plan.” If the word ‘plan’ has lost all meaning, dw, we’re about to inject some serious dreaming back into working drawings … aka, plans.
Ok, so there’s the first clue – they’re not even called plans but they are THE ULTIMATE plan. Unlike the pretty, clean-lined, easy to read ones you’ve seen online (or run through IRL with a new homes consultant) working drawings are a lil something extra. We like to think of them as your very own Smart home map. The GPS of the building world. Think floorplan, elevations, internal cupboards, and site plans (soz), and hey this is your GPS so you can even get Ryan Reynolds to be the Siri voice in your mind. “Turn left at the master suite and enter the luxurious space that is your private ensuite. No, it’s actually your oasis and, if you imagine really hard, I can be there with you.” Mmmmmm. Okay … got a little carried away there…
VIP coming through
Your Very Important Plans (see what we did there?) are the technical plans that we base everything else off. Our gospel. Our everything. They convert design data into construction info. This makes sure that the building industry, code officials, product peeps, suppliers, and fabricators are all on the same page. Without working drawings, we’re just a group of people standing around trying to look smart.
Instructions for construction
This stage is all about going over each line, nuance, position, and technical notation until our construction team has everything they need to build down the line! We need to know the materials to purchase, what day to schedule deliveries on; basically, how to build your home the way you want it! Safe to say, these working drawings need to be perfect.
And to ensure they are, we can only trust them to the silent heroes of the building industry: the drafting dept! These super drafters are trained in residential architectural drafting and building design. Trust us when we say they’re a unique breed of both detailed orientated and big picture types!
What should you do if you see a draftsperson with a pencil?
Run. Our expert drafters have forgone paper, pencils, rulers and protractors (like most builders in 2020) in favour of ‘computer-assisted design’, or CAD. It’s pretty cool tbh! Especially when you see the three-dimensional technical images it produces. It’s a quicker and more accurate method to get your home’s working drawings together. Nothing but Smarts here!
Our Smart glossary
There are just some smarts we need to share and, if you’ve never built before, it’s easy to see every plan as the same. But, nope:
Site plan – The site plan shows the whole block of land and the location of the proposed building (together with any other existing buildings or structures). In some instances, it may also show landscaping, driveways, ground levels, mains water, and other relevant info.
Floor plan – The floor plan gives you a bird’s eye view of your home’s layout. They show the overall dimensions of the building, along with the rooms, openings, wall thicknesses and other important internal features, like door swings, floor finishes, and the location of fixtures and fittings.
Building Plans – Building plans (aka working drawings) are the technical, dimensioned, graphical plans contractors, tradespeople and suppliers follow to construct your home.
And when the plans are perfect?
Once your plans are looking about as perfect as Tan’s hair from Queer Eye, it’s time to put them to work. We use the finalised plans to prep your all important contract. See, everything feeds into everything else – again, kinda like Tan’s flawless style mmmm.
Next up? Contracts Preparation.