Here’s our quick guide.
Architects are typically used for unique design creation for modern homes. They have a thorough knowledge of building and they work closely with builders and draftsmen on practical issues. Architects are frequently involved in direct construction supervision, acting as an authority for building and other issues.
There is a degree of overlap in the architect’s and the draftsman’s work. The major distinction is that the draftsman does the technical drawing for your plans. The draftsman also does the CAD 3D design plans and other critical design work, based on plan metrics, site measurements and surveys.
A warehouse in New South Wales was constructed according to old, and as it turned out, inaccurate, plans. Construction went ahead without checking with the architect or the draftsman. The builder was simply told to build as per plan, regardless of his concerns about the site metrics. The result was a 5cm gap between two long brick faces on a 30-metre warehouse.
There was literally nothing in the gap but empty space and you could see daylight through the gap from floor to ceiling. The building was flooded the first time it rained, within days of being built. The very disgruntled builder refused to have anything more to do with the project, so another builder had to be engaged, costing more money.
If these plans were looked at by architects and draftsmen, both parties would have flagged concerns that stopped construction and solved problems before they started.