Guide to architectural drawings

When it comes to professional architectural drawings, having your own copy of these can be extremely useful. If you need access to architectural drawings of your own home, or a commercial building or property, finding the architectural drawings can be a little challenging. Especially if you dont know where to look. Here at David Haworth Design, we are a professional architectural firm. As a result, we have produced this guide to architectural drawings.

How to find pre-existing architectural drawings

Believe it or not, many architectural drawings are publicly available. It’s all about knowing how to access these, or knowing where to start looking. There are generally 3 options:

Look online-
This can be the most time consuming method but it can be rewarding. Many architectural drawings are available online in databases. You can try the Avery Index or the Architectural Periodical, or just a general search engine.
Local Council-
Although they may not have plans for every building, local councils generally have a number of blueprints and architectural drawings of a range of buildings in the district. If they do have what you need, you can borrow these, or have a copy sent to you for a small cost.
Ask the builder-
Finally, if you know the builder or the architect company that worked on the building, you should be able to track down someone with a copy of the blueprint or plans.

Why would I need the architectural drawings?

Having the original architectural drawings for your home can be a huge advantage. This is especially true if you are planning to make home improvements, such as home extensions or remodeling. In fact, for either of these renovation options, existing blueprints will be necessary to show details of the dimensions and structure of your home.

Of course, if you dont have access to the architectural drawings of a property, you can always employ an architect to create a reproduction. However, this can be costly, and time consuming.

For all your architectural design needs, contact us today at David Haworth Design.