It is a disturbing trend, especially with the advent of computer drawing packages that building designs are taking up more and more paper. It is in fact often quicker to add a lot of which is called in the industry “boiler plate” (pages and pages of standard drawings which are irrelevant or slightly relevant to your job), than it is to cut out the unnecessary material, and provide only the most relevant information.
- The builder is intimidated by the pages of drawings, and increases his quote to cover the contingencies.
- More mistakes are made, because what is important can be overlooked when wading through trying to find what is relevant.
- Everyone wastes time.
Our drawings have also grown more complicated over the years, but we do try to trim wherever we can. Designs are a cost, and not an end in themselves, they are there to help the buildings get built economically and reliably. If the same building could be built without a design, that would actually be a good thing. Many of the hundreds of thousands of Queenslander Style houses around the state, were actually built with no plans, or just a single page floor plan. Times have changed, and plans are needed for a variety of reasons, but should be appropriate to the application.
We do fancy drawings when it is appropriate, a development application may require beautiful 3D renderings to impress the Council, or potential investors, but a simple deck at the back of a house may only need one elevation, a plan view, and engineering details.