The Purpose of Architectural Drawings

Understanding each stage of the design & documentation process can help explain the purpose and flow of your new home or addition. Let’s explore briefly each of these key steps.

Design Sketches

To communicate the designer’s understanding of the Owner’s requirements into a coherent proposal. This will involve floor plans showing relationship between rooms and occupants, the overall appearance of the project via 3D views (it may also have internal 3D views) and preliminary specification stating materials to be used, it may also have depending upon the project material & colour boards as well as concept boards.

DA Documentation

To convey to the approving body (Local Council or Private Certifier) via both drawings and written documentation what the intention of the project is: it’s size, it’s bulk, its overall appearance, what materials will be used, what the impact will be on the adjoining properties, the surrounding area and the environment and to what extent it conforms to Council’s planning policies.

CC Documentation

This is meant to be detailed documentation consisting of plans, elevations, cross sections and details as well as a written specification outlining the materials and methods of construction. They are meant to clearly show without any ambiguity what both the client wants, the Council requires and the Building Codes/Australian standards require. It will also involve the necessity of other consultants e.g. structural engineer.

CDC Documentation

CDC documentation is a combination of both DA & CC requirements.