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Basic level 8 plans are $3.50 foot for with 8 or fewer corners, nothing other than 90 degree intersections, and a single FF elevation for each story. Call me for a quote if you need a 10. I can work you a "deal", as I've get a little surplus drafter time on my payroll right now.



bruckmandesign(--nospam--at) wrote:

From: Will Haynes <gtg740p(--nospam--at)>
Date: 2006/08/12 Sat PM 02:02:11 CDT
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Level of Detailing

As an Architect and builder, I see absolutely no reason why every aspect of a structural design isn't drawn to scale. IMO its pure laziness that details are drawn NTS. With the sophistication of CAD programs today, there is no excuse for not drawing to scale. As for detailing, unfortunately, just as most architects don't know what they don't know about engineering, most engineers don't know what they don't know about architecture. It drives me nuts to have to redraw an engineer's detail myself to ensure that it works in the design because what is actually a W18 is drawn in some generic BS detail as a W12. Well, I do it all the time, because the level of structural detail hit a 5 when it should be an 8. I can't tell you how many times I've caught NTS footings protruding into slab recesses, or framing clips exposed inside the finished surface due to inadequate detailing. Most engineers don't even know this stuff happens because we fix it in the field or re-design the architecture to make it work because we can't wait the 2 days it takes to get a cogent response from an engineer.
To me 5 is minimal and frankly, in today's CAD world, lazy.  7-8 should be the minimum and if I need it, I'll pay for a 10..


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