Construction Drawings and Details for Interiors: Basic Skills Paperback – Apr 13 2009
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Construction Drawings and Details for Interiors
"Well thought out and addresses almost all of the major topics that interior designers need. I was elated with its comprehensiveness."
As interior designers assume an expanding role coordinating interior projects, producing construction drawings has become even more integral to their job. Construction Drawings and Details for Interiors: Basic Skills, Second Edition, provides interior designers with the information and skills they need to create construction documents that clearly communicate the interior space of new construction, remodeling, or installation projects.
In a highly visual format, complete with the authors' drawings as well as those from practicing professionals, this book acquaints the reader with drafting fundamentals and conventions; drawing types, plans, and schedules; and computer-aided design (CAD). The book is organized in two parts:
Part One discusses graphic language as a communication tool in design and architecture
Part Two details the construction document process, from overall concepts and organization to current practices and topics such as floor plans, sections, elevations, millwork, schedules, finish and furniture plans, lighting and electrical plans, HVAC and plumbing plans, and preparing specifications
This updated Second Edition features expanded coverage of the preparation and communication of construction documents in digital formats; drawing interior wall and partition types; field measuring existing buildings and interiors; as-built drawings; demolition plans; fire and life safety plans; sustainability and LEED standards; as well as a new companion Web site supplying template grids for schedules and contract documents for practice exercises.
An essential reference for designers and students preparing interior construction documents, Construction Drawings and Details for Interiors: Basic Skills, Second Edition will also serve as a valuable study reference for the contract documents section of the NCIDQ exam.
Cover Design: Anne Michele Abbott
About the Author
W. Otie Kilmer, Aia, is a professor of interior design at Purdue University. He has taught drawing and design for over thirty years as well as practiced architecture and interior design with several internationally known firms. The Kilmers head their own design practice, Kilmer and Associates.
Rosemary Kilmer, Asid, Idec, Leed Ap, is a professor of interior design at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She has served on the board of directors for NCIDQ (the qualifying exam for interior designers) and is a professional member of ASID and IDEC.
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I would say that I was familiar with at least 90% of the content in the book, and that this book would serve those best who have no office experience or any real experience with construction documents. If you are new to the professional practice of architecture and production (assembling construction documents that will be viewed by contractors and clients), purchase this book--you will find that it clearly describes the many kinds of drawings you will be working with (plans, reflected ceiling plans, equipment plans, different kinds of consultant drawings, et cetera). I really wish someone would have given me this book when I first started actually working in an office--I would have been far more helpful to the company much sooner.
If you have more than 8-12 months worth of actual office experience, I would say that this book will not be as useful to you. You will have (hopefully) become familiar with drawings enough that this book will not offer any novel information. I still give this book five stars because I can see this book being a godsend to those who are new to the industry, because of its clarity, brevity and relevance (even though at times it does sound a bit dated). It's a great resource I plan on sharing with all interns in our office.
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