My overall senior project experience was a lot better than I was expecting. I got to learn about cool computer software like Revit that make building plans a lot easier. Back then everything was done in paper and pencil and now with the help of computers, the plans come out a lot cleaner and easier. This has really helped me explore an aspect in which I can see my self working in. And also got to see how architecture and engineering got to relate to each other. I am now certain that I am on the right track to a career that I will enjoy.
This weekend I got to shadow a meeting in which the client was flipping house and need to get the existing house drafted. This client was very laid back and had great ideas for making the existing house look better. Basically when some flips a house it means that they buy a house and then fix it and make it look prettier and then sell it for a higher price. So then while at the house I helped measure the dimensions of the house and sketch it out on paper. Once we got back to the office I got to see the drafts of a previous house that was also flipped and it was really cool to see the before and after drafts. This house used to be 2 beds and one bath but they remodeled it to be 4 beds and 3 baths. I then learned that a flip is always more difficult when you are adding more square feet to a house rather then just moving the rooms around an existing house because you need to get a lot more permits for adding square feet. And also when you add a room, depending on the city you may also need to provide another spot for a car on the property. So that means that you need to make a bigger garage and that will take more money.
This internship has really helped me a better understanding of the many aspects of architecture and how it compares to engineering. Drafting plays a really big role because it is the structure of the building process. I am excited to share what I have learned during my presentation.
Recently I have been learning how to use a new program called Revit, which is like CAD but more specifically used for architecture. In CAD I had the possibility to basically draw out anything and Revit has a more specific use for architecture. Revit makes drafting a house much cleaner because it is very organized and smart. For example, when drafting a house Revit automatically begins a spread sheet to specificy the quantity of windows and door that were used or going to be used in a building.
So today I began to draft my own house so that I can practice all the CAD and Revit material that I have been learning. I had fun calculating all the lengths of the room of my house and beginning to see more in depth how my house is structured. It went pretty well, I am almost done, all I have left to finish drafting my house is the roof. I am hoping to show my drafting skills during my presentation.
So yesterday I went out into the field but was having some internet troubles and couldn’t blog. But yesterday we went to go check out a house for a remodel. So basically for a remodel, we start of by measuring the property and talking to the owner to see what they had in mind. Then after ideas are pitched, price estimates are made too see what the budget is and what kind of material can be bought. Then once all that is done, we go back into the office and start on the drafting. Yesterday I learned that the hardest part of the job is making sure that you keep the client happy and make sure to try to get a full grasp of what they want their remodel to look like. Then try to get all their ideas right on the drafting. After the drafting is done, the draft is sent to planning at city hall to check the plans and make sure that everything is up to code. The once the plan is approved, construction con begin.
My senior project has been going well so far. I’ve been learning a lot about architecture and drafting. Recently I’ve been learning CAD and it is really interesting. CAD stands for computer aid design, and is used by architects, engineers and artist to create teachnical design. In the office, I am learning CAD so that I can be able to create architectural designs and draft houses. I’ve learned the basics and now I’m going more into learning the shortcuts and commands so that I can draft much faster. I’ve seen how drafting was done back then and I am glad that something like CAD was invented because it just makes everything ore efficient. Back then everything was done by paper and pencil and the there was no room for mistakes. Now CAD makes everything easier and if mistakes are made or if you simply want to make a change you can do it without a problem.