Residential Architecture

So you want to draw House Plans on a Drafting Board! If you haven’t got the time or the money for a formal architectural education, what can you do? You could find an architect or designer to apprentice under. You’ll soon find though that the idea of apprenticeship has disappeared or is very rare! You could take a correspondence course, but after searching out the different correspondence schools, you find that the professors are, for the most part, people who have never really practiced the art as a professionally! That’s disappointing! As a matter of fact, it’s almost impossible for the poor working stiff to learn this field of study unless there are certain professionals who are willing to jump in and help you learn! That’s exactly what you have found here! I am an “Architect Trained” Architectural Designer who has been practicing my skill for over 27 years now. In my career, I’ve had to train quite a few drafters. I used every method under the sun available to me until I came up with the concept you are about to learn by!

Now, lets see if you think this is feasible! In the United States, the most common house built is the Straight Rancher. A Straight Rancher or Ranch Style House is a rectangular home with a gable roof. Nothing complicated, but all in all pretty well straight forward in design. If we learn to draw the simplest house from the beginning, do you believe it’s quite possible that from learning this first, we will be able to step up to the more complicated homes with less difficulty?

As a matter of fact, most of the homes built here in America are actually Modified Ranchers! A Modified Ranch has the main body of the home, which is the Ranch style with appendages extruded from the main body! Basically this applies to a single story home but the same principle can be applied to the Two Story homes as well!

Alright then. You’ve already taken the free Architectural Primer course, haven’t you? You should if you haven’t. If not, you’ll find the techniques and methods used to basically draw anything on the board. It’s recommended that you do so before you begin here.

Single Story Course:

  1. Lay out your Floor Plan